Indians Rumors & News

  • Indians' Michael Brantley undergoes surgery on right ankle

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians announced Thursday that outfielder Michael Brantley underwent right ankle surgery. Brantley will need four to five months of rehab before he can resume full baseball activities. The surgery was performed Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the arthroscopic..." October 19

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Francona: 2017 season left me 'pretty wiped out'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Indians manager Terry Francona said he's never been more "wiped out physically' after a season than this one. The season ended for the Indians on Wednesday when they lost to the Yankees, 5-2, in Game 5 of the ALDS at Progressive Field. The Indians entered the postseason as the AL's top seed..." October 14

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Twitter reacts to Indians choking away ALDS

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians went from being the hottest team in baseball and on their way to an ALCS berth to losing in the divisional round of the playoffs after choking away a 2-0 series lead to the New York Yankees. Cleveland came out and dominated the Yankees 4-0 in Game 1 behind Trevor Bauer’s..." October 12

  • Edwin Encarnacion returns to Cleveland Indians' lineup for ALDS Game 5

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "DH Edwin Encarnacion is back in the Indians' lineup for Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday night against the Yankees and Progressive Field. He was sidelined since Game 2 with a sprained right ankle. The Indians lost Games 3 and 4 without Encarnacion in the lineup. Encarnacion led the Indians with..." October 11

  • Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona 'thinks' DH Edwin Encarnacion will be ready to play in ALDS Game 5

    WKYC "The Cleveland Indians just might get some pop back in their lineup. Indians manager Terry Francona is confident designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion will play against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 2017 American League Division Series at Progressive Field Wednesday night. “I think so,”..." October 11

  • One bad pitch shows the world Indians' Andrew Miller is human

    ESPN "Andrew Miller is one of the most thoughtful, accountable players in the game, so it was entirely in character when he stood at his locker late Sunday night and embraced the role of stand-up guy. Miller towers above a crowd at 6-foot-7, 205 pounds, so that catch-all phrase has special meaning in..." October 09

  • Indians' Bauer to square off against Yankees' Severino in Game 4

    WKYC "Trevor Bauer will start for the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of the 2017 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York Monday night. Bauer will do battle against Yankees ace Luis Severino, who has not yet pitched in the ALDS after starting..." October 09

  • Indians aren't expected to replace Edwin Encarnacion on ALDS roster

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion came into the visitor's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on crutches with his right foot in a walking boot on Saturday afternoon, but manager Terry Francona said Encarnacion has not been ruled out of Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday night and won't be replaced on the..." October 07

  • Indians lose DH Edwin Encarnacion to ankle injury in first inning

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion left Friday's American League Division Series game against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent right ankle sprain that appeared to be significant. His ankle bent at a grotesque angle as he tried to return..." October 06

  • David Ortiz Hilariously Roasts Alex Rodriguez For Picking Yankees To Beat Indians

    NESN "David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez might be co-workers now that Big Papi has been added to FOX’s Major League Baseball postseason coverage, but that doesn’t mean their rivalry has died down. The former sluggers were making their picks for the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series..." October 06

  • Yankees punished for being too miserly to pay for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder Jay Bruce is a valued member of the Indians’ outfield, but he almost became a member of the Yankees back in August. Yankees ownership was too miserly to take on the entirety of his remaining contract — a few million dollars — to acquire him from the Mets. The much smaller-market Indians..." October 06

  • Yankees use LeBron James to troll the Indians ahead of ALDS

    CBS Sports "The Yankees are fresh off a comeback win in a thrilling American League Wild Card play-in game and they're feeling good about themselves. Good enough to taunt their upcoming opponent, the AL's top dog in the Cleveland Indians. Ahead of ALDS Game 1 between the Yanks and Tribe, the Yankees'..." October 05

  • The Corey Kluber trade was minor in 2010, but it changed the Indians franchise

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's hard to imagine a more timely teaching moment than the one Indians executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff shared with a roomful of winter development players at Progressive Field recently. The Streak was a nightly wonder. Former prospects now making history in the big-league..." October 04

  • Trevor Bauer to start Game 1 of ALDS as Terry Francona names Cleveland Indians' roster

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona said Trevor Bauer will start Game 1 of the AL Division Series for the Indians on Thursday night at Progressive Field. The rest of the rotation will go as follows: Corey Kluber in Game 2 on Friday, Carlos Carrasco in Game 3 on Sunday and Josh Tomlin in Game 4 on..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Indians activate Brantley ahead of postseason

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Michael Brantley is back -- at least on the active roster -- for the Indians Saturday. Brantley has been out since leaving a game on Aug. 8 with a deltoid ligament sprain along with right ankle synovitis. He has been considered a long shot to make the team's postseason roster for the American..." October 01

  • Astros' win gives MLB three 100-win teams for first time since 2003

    Sporting News "The Astros took down the Red Sox Friday with a 3-2 victory at Fenway Park. The win was Houston's 100th of the season, giving MLB three 100-win teams for the first time since the 2003 season. Houston joined the Indians (101) and the Dodgers (102) as the teams with 100 wins this year. It's just..." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • What the Cleveland Indians need to do to win the World Series

    USA Today "To win the World Series — and perhaps you’ve already made this joke by now — the Cleveland Indians will need to win three games against their ALDS opponent, four against their ALCS opponent, and four more against their World Series opponent. You get that; I get that; we all get that. And though..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • Brantley nearing return from ankle sprain "Michael Brantley's long road back from a right ankle sprain may finally be nearing an end. Indians manager Terry Francona said on Wednesday that the club is targeting the weekend as a potential return for Brantley. Francona noted the team wants to give Brantley the opportunity to play in a..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer seeks return of stolen drone

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Indians pitcher, and noted drone aficionado, Trevor Bauer took to Twitter seeking the return of his remote-controlled device stolen from a local park Monday night. Bauer posted a message Tuesday asking the individual who stole his drone, named "Iron Man," to return the device in a..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Indians moving Mike Clevinger to bullpen for playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are moving Mike Clevinger to the bullpen for the playoffs, manager Terry Francona announced on Saturday. Clevinger is 11-5 with a 3.13 ERA this season, so it’s somewhat of a surprise that he won’t be in the postseason rotation. The Indians have Corey Kluber, Carlos..." September 24

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Indians' Brantley to remain shut down for 7-10 days

    CBS Sports "At 37-10, the Cleveland Indians have baseball's best record since Aug. 1, and they've done that without one of their best hitters. Left fielder Michael Brantley has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a right ankle injury. On Wednesday afternoon the Indians announced on update on Brantley, and it..." September 20

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Cleveland Indians' clear Jason Kipnis to play CF; shelve Brandon Guyer with sprained wrist

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis was cleared by the Indians' medical staff on Saturday to return to play. He'll start in center field on Sunday as he attempts to return to the position he played at Arizona State before being drafted by the Indians in 2009. Kipnis has been on the disabled..." September 17

  • Losing pitcher Trevor Bauer has saddest comment about blowing streak

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer has the dubious distinction of being the pitcher to lose the Cleveland Indians’ winning streak. What’s even wilder is that this was actually the second 22-game winning streak that ended on Bauer’s watch. True story. Bauer pitched at UCLA prior to being drafted No. 3 overall by..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Indians may not use Andrew Miller as much in these playoffs

    New York Post "Remember the pain Yankees fans endured last October as they watched Andrew Miller, just months removed from the famed pinstripes, dominate the Indians’ opponents en route to a near-championship? Have you noticed the Yankees, if they can survive a likely American League wild-card game, are on..." September 15

  • Indians hope to bring back Carlos Santana this winter

    Fanrag Sports "The Cleveland Indians will try to bring back Carlos Santana, who has enhanced his free agency by hitting .309 with a 1.015 OPS since the All-Star break. It’s “just a matter of finances,” says someone close to the situation. Santana is believed to like the idea of a return, if at all possible, too,..." September 14

  • Brad Ausmus rips Indians broadcasters for insinuating Tigers intentionally hit umpire

    Larry Brown Sports "Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is not happy that the Cleveland Indians’ television broadcast implied that his team conspired to intentionally hit an umpire with a pitch. In the third inning of Detroit’s 5-3 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday, Ausmus and catcher James McCann were both ejected by..." September 14

  • Cleveland Indians Set New AL Record for Consecutive Wins

    The Daily Beast "The Cleveland Indians on Wednesday set a new American League record for consecutive wins a season, breaking the previous AL record of 20 games set by the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Jay Bruce’s 2-run homer in the first inning gave the Indians enough support to defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 and win..." September 13

  • Indians expected to activate Andrew Miller Thursday

    Fanrag Sports "The Cleveland Indians are expected to activate left-handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday, according to Jordan Bastian of Miller was originally placed on the disabled list back on Aug. 2 with right knee soreness. He returned on Aug. 18, only to..." September 13

  • Five coolest facts about Indians’ AL record-tying 20th straight win

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians shut out the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night behind yet another brilliant pitching performance from Corey Kluber to win their 20th in a row, which ties the 2002 Oakland A’s for the AL record for most consecutive victories. The surging Indians are now 89-56, which is..." September 13

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Indians confident in status as World Series favorites: 'I don't see anyone beating us'

    Sporting News "The Cleveland Indians are not only on the verge of entering the record books after their 19th win in a row Monday, but the club also looks like the certain team to beat come October — and they know it. “I don’t see any team out there, American League or National League, better than us,”..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Indians will test Jason Kipnis in center field following Bradley Zimmer's injury

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians, in the wake of center fielder Bradley Zimmer's broken left hand, will test All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis in center field. The Indians drafted Kipnis out of Arizona State as an outfielder in 2009, but quickly shifted him to second base. "We're always trying to turn something..." September 12

  • Bradley Zimmer Suffers Broken Bone In Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "Indians manager Terry Francona says outfielder Bradley Zimmer has a broken bone in his hand,’s Jordan Bastian tweets. To be precise, Zimmer has fractured the fourth metacarpal on his left hand, as Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal tweets. The injury occurred when Zimmer slid into..." September 11

  • Indians defeat Orioles to run winning streak to 18 games

    Hardball Talk "Trevor Bauer pitched 6 1/3 effective innings against the Orioles on Sunday night, helping the Indians extend their winning streak to 18 games. The Indians won 3-2 as the bullpen pitched in to collect the final eight outs. Jose Ramirez opened the scoring with an RBI ground out in the first..." September 11