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  • Indians remove Chief Wahoo from new uniforms "Back in January, the Cleveland Indians announced that the 2018 season would be the final season for using the infamous Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms. The season has come and gone and the team has unveiled their new uniforms for the 2019 season and beyond. Cleveland's 2019 unform set..." November 19

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • Rays start roster shuffle, trade Chih-Wei Hu to Indians

    Tampa Bay Times "Seeking to open spots on the 40-man roster for four-six prospects in advance of a Tuesday deadline, the Rays traded RHP Chih-Wei Hu to the Indians today. The return was minor league INF Gionti Turner, an 18-year-old who was a  27th-round pick last June out of an Watson Chapel HS..." November 19

  • Indians have options to improve outfield "This past season, the baseball world headed into the year figuring that the lack of depth in the Cleveland outfield might be a problem. While Michael Brantley's strong .309/.364/.468 season was a pleasant surprise, the Indians outfield as a group ranked just 22nd in the Majors, at..." November 17

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • Indians' Bauer questions why he finished outside top 5 in AL Cy Young voting

    The Score "Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer can't understand how he finished outside the top five in American League Cy Young voting. After the Baseball Writers' Association of America handed out the AL Cy Young award to Tampa Bay..." November 15

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Cleveland Indians trade Erik Gonzalez, others to Pittsburgh Pirates for Jordan Luplow, Max Moroff

    WKYC "The Cleveland Indians have made their first trade of the offseason. On Wednesday afternoon, the Indians and Pirates agreed to a deal that sent infielder Erik Gonzalez and right-handed pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to Pittsburgh in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and..." November 14

  • MLB Rumors: How Yankees' Brian Cashman can get Indians' Corey Kluber AND Dodgers' Manny Machado

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wants to add a bat to the lineup and is expected to look at Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado. But he needs to add an arm to the starting rotation, and could call the Cleveland Indians, who are shopping ace Corey..." November 14

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Brantley not expected to return to Indians, has received 3 offers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Free agent outfielder Michael Brantley is not expected to return to the Indians. Brantley has reportedly received offers from Atlanta, Philadelphia and the White Sox. The Indians did not offer Brantley a one-year $17.9 qualifying offer on Friday. Chris Antonetti, Indians..." November 08

  • Corey Kluber Blockbuster Trade Is the 1 All-in Risk Yankees Need to Win a Title

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees shouldn't be expected to stop at one blockbuster move this winter. They have a score to settle with the Boston Red Sox, and they have the assets to pursue upgrades for exactly that purpose. Still, there's no harm in pushing them to..." November 08

  • Indians may have to get defensive in the outfield next year

    Let's Go Tribe "The Indians face an outfield crisis for the second straight offseason. Where the run up to the 2018 season was surrounded by worries of Michael Brantley getting healthy, right field coalescing, and Bradley Zimmer taking a step forward, this year things look somehow..." November 07

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • Cardinals reportedly interested in Andrew Miller

    Larry Brown Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals have been looking for reliable bullpen help for several years now, and it appears that will continue this offseason. According to Jon Morosi of, the Cardinals are interested in free agent reliever Andrew Miller, and will likely look at other options as..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • The Yankees have cast a wide net for pitching and they're already discussing Kluber, other big names

    CBS Sports "It's not often a 100-win season feels like a disappointment, but that is certainly the case for the New York Yankees. The Yankees went 100-62 in 2018 and still had to settle for a spot in the Wild Card Game. They were then ousted in the ALDS by the rival Red Sox, who went on to win the..." November 06

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Report: Yankees interested in Kluber, Carrasco, Paxton

    The Score "In their hunt for starting pitching, the New York Yankees are reportedly looking at a trio of potential aces in Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and James Paxton, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. With the general manager meetings underway, the..." November 06

  • A healthy Andrew Miller would be a Yankees and Mets target

    New York Post "One of the most important questions of this offseason is just how healthy Andrew Miller is. One of his representatives, Mark Rodgers, said fully and that they have the documentation to show that from a full workup done by Dr. David Altchek. That physician should matter because he is..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Indians Outright Brandon Barnes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced this morning that outfielder Brandon Barnes cleared outright waivers and elected free agency. Cleveland also reinstated Tyler Naquin, Cody Anderson, Nick Goody, James Hoyt, Danny Salazar and Leonys Martinfrom the 60-day disabled..." November 02

  • Indians Will Not Issue Any Qualifying Offers

    MLB Trade Rumors "’s Jordan Bastian tweets that Cleveland won’t issue any qualifying offers. That means Brantley, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen will all reach free agency without the burden of draft compensation attached to them. The latter two were never really..." November 02

  • Indians will listen to trade offers on veteran players

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Cleveland Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter as they face the sort of difficult choices that small-market teams must..." November 02

  • Indians Agree To Avoid Arbitration With Leonys Martin

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Outfielder Leonys Martin has reached agreement with the Cleveland Indians on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, avoiding arbitration. The non-guaranteed deal is worth $3 million according to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Martin appeared in six games in..." October 31

  • Indians Exercise Club Option Over Carlos Carrasco, Buy Out Brandon Guyer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced their club option decisions today, and didn’t have any surprises in store. Righty Carlos Carrasco will return at a $9.75MM price tag, while outfielder Brandon Guyer receives a $250K buyout rather than a $3MM salary. There was never a..." October 30

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • MLB could see $1B revenue increase from legalized sports gambling

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball might not be too excited by the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that overturned a nation-wide ban on sports gambling. But as states take it upon themselves to open up sportsbooks in the wake of said ruling, America’s pastime could soon see an..." October 18

  • Indians Discussing Extension With GM Mike Chernoff

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are in discussions with general manager Mike Chernoff about a contract extension, according to’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). The likelihood of a deal being struck, and on what terms, isn’t yet apparent. Indeed, little is known about Chernoff’s..." October 17

  • Report: Astros tried to get second person near Indians’ dugout after getting caught

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros have been accused of some shady antics during the postseason this year, and it sounds as if getting caught trying to cheat may not have been enough to get them to stop what they were doing. A report form the Metro on Tuesday stated that security at Fenway..." October 17

  • Cleveland Indians file complaint to MLB about Astros trying to film inside their dugout during ALDS

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have filed a complaint with MLB about the Houston Astros trying to film inside their dugout during the Game 3 of the ALDS at Progressive Field. An employee of the Astros, holding a cellphone camera, was removed twice by security from the photographer's pit next to the..." October 17

  • Price, Kemp among Players Choice comeback finalists

    The Score "Finalists were announced Tuesday afternoon for the 2018 Players Choice Awards' Comeback Player of the Year. Consideration is given to players whose careers were stalled by injury or by spending time away from the field. Both the American League and National League have three..." October 16

  • Francisco Lindor further cemented himself as the true star of the Indians in 2018

    Let's Go Tribe "If there was any doubt about the true face, heart, and soul of the Indians, this past season wiped it all away. Maybe you considered Corey Kluber to be the embodiment of the Indians. Or maybe Jose Ramirez, or maybe even the older vets like Michael..." October 15

  • Report: Indians GM Mike Chernoff Will Not Pursue Mets GM Opening

    New York Post "Add Mike Chernoff to the list of established baseball executives saying, “Thanks, but no thanks” to the Mets. The Indians general manager has informed team officials of his intent to remain in Cleveland, according to an industry source, and not pursue the Mets’..." October 14

  • Mike Clevinger talks it out with MLB Network host he feuded with on Twitter

    Sporting News "Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger was not happy with a video MLB Network host Robert Flores shared Tuesday on Twitter, but it looks like the two talked it out after getting into it a bit. The incident stemmed from a video Flores shared that begins with a quote from the..." October 10

  • Donaldson wishes he did things differently in 2018

    Toronto Sun "It was almost a taunting end to the most frustrating season of Josh Donaldson’s career. With his Indians team getting thumped 11-3 by the Houston Astros on the way to being clinically swept in three games of this one-sided ALDS, the former Blue Jays third baseman had one final..." October 09

  • Miller takes responsibility for Indians' Game 2 loss: 'I blew the game for us'

    The Score "Andrew Miller was unable to record a single out after entering Game 2 with his club leading the Houston Astros 1-0 in the sixth inning. The left-hander took full responsibility for the meltdown. "I came in, I wasn't good, I wasn't effective, and I blew the game for..." October 07

  • Blue Jays acquire pitcher Julian Merryweather to complete Donaldson trade

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays completed their trade for Josh Donaldson on Friday, more than a month after dealing the slugging third baseman to the Cleveland Indians. Right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather was announced as the player to be named later in the move that sent Donaldson to..." October 05

  • Sources: A federal grand jury is investigating MLB's international dealings, and officials on all sides are worried

    Yahoo! Sports "The plundering of Latin America wasn’t Major League Baseball’s original sin. It’s simply the one that has festered the longest. Corruption of all kinds – illicit payoffs, bonus-money skimming, doping teenagers with performance-enhancing drugs – has been treated as..." September 28

  • MLB sees sharp rise in batter hand injuries; higher velocities, other factors cited

    Sporting News "As the MLB season winds down toward the playoffs, players and team management hope that the crack of the bat takes precedence over the crack of the bones. Bones of the hands in particular.  Since the exhibition season, an all-star team of players — more than..." September 27

  • Indians become 1st team to have 4 pitchers with 200-plus strikeouts

    ESPN "The Cleveland Indians have become the first team in Major League Baseball history to have four pitchers reach 200 strikeouts in a season. Mike Clevinger hit that mark with his fourth strikeout against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, joining fellow starters Carlos Carrasco (217),..." September 23

  • Francona: Bauer to be activated for Friday start vs. Red Sox

    The Score "Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer will be activated Friday to start against the Boston Red Sox, manager Terry Francona confirmed, according to's Jordan Bastian. He'll throw a couple of innings before handing the ball to Shane Bieber out of the bullpen. " September 19

  • Indians considering using Trevor Bauer out of playoff bullpen

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians may have a weapon to make their playoff bullpen even deeper. Indians president Chris Antonetti admitted that the team has considered using Bauer, who fractured his fibula and has not pitched since August 11, as a reliever during the..." September 17

  • Indians honor V-Mart after he officially announces he's retiring

    The Score "Victor Martinez saved his official retirement announcement for where it all started. The 39-year-old Detroit Tigers slugger confirmed on Saturday what had been anticipated for months, that he's retiring at the end of this season after 16 years in the major leagues, according to..." September 16