Indians Rumors & News

  • Indians among teams interested in Adrian Beltre

    Sportsnaut "Boasting a 32-44 record heading into Thursday’s action, the last-place Texas Rangers will certainly look to sell off some veteran assets between now and next month’s trade deadline. Despite the team’s struggles, there are multiple veterans that could intrigue..." June 21

  • Indians Select Contract Of George Kontos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Tuesday that they’ve selected the contract of right-handed reliever George Kontos from Triple-A Columbus and placed fellow righty Evan Marshall on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right elbow. Kontos, 33, was released by the Pirates in..." June 19

  • Trevor Bauer's 'tunneling' strategy aims to make Cleveland Indians pitcher more effective late in games

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Trevor Bauer isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, but he is putting his own spin on a pitching strategy that aims to make him more effective as he gets deeper into each start for the Cleveland Indians. After pitching seven innings of shutout ball against Chicago on..." June 19

  • Indians Sign Marc Rzepczynski

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced that they’ve signed left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract. The southpaw, who’d recently been released by the Mariners, has been assigned to Triple-A Columbus. This’ll mark the second stint with the Indians..." June 18

  • No structural damage to Carlos Carrasco’s elbow

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians got good news on starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco on Monday. According to manager Terry Francona, all tests on Carrasco’s right elbow came back clean after he was hit by a line drive during Saturday’s game. With no structural damage, he will be..." June 18

  • Melky Cabrera Elects Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Monday that outfielder/designated hitter Melky Cabrera has elected free agency rather than accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus. He’d been designated for assignment last week and cleared outright waivers. The 33-year-old veteran..." June 18

  • Indians Place Carlos Carrasco, Tyler Olson On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians placed right-hander Carlos Carrasco and left-hander Tyler Olson on the 10-day disabled list today, as per a team press release.  Righties Shane Bieber and Evan Marshall have been recalled from Triple-A to fill the two spots on the 25-man roster, with Bieber starting..." June 17

  • Indians Designate Melky Cabrera For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The team expects to know by Monday whether or not Cabrera will accept an outright assignment, according to the Indians’ official Tribe Insider Twitter news feed. The Indians announced Thursday that they’ve activated outfielder Brandon Guyer from the disabled list and..." June 17

  • Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco hit by line drive

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco left Saturday's game against the Minnesota Twins after he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Twins hitter Joe Mauer leading off the second inning. The ball appeared to hit Carrasco near the elbow on his right arm and ricocheted to..." June 16

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • Of the 168 batters Corey Kluber has faced since May 8, he's walked none of them "Since walking Domingo Santana in the fourth inning of the Indians' 3-2 loss to the Brewers on May 8, Corey Kluber hasn't walked a single batter. I want to emphasize how dramatic that is.  He's faced 168 batters, and none of them has drawn a..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Indians designate Melky Cabrera for assignment

    Hardball Talk "The Cleveland Indians announced that they’ve designated Melky Cabrera for assignment. The move was made to make from for Brandon Guyer, who was activated from the disabled list. Cabrera, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Tribe in late April, but he has hit a..." June 14

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Twins To Sign Matt Belisle

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran righty Matt Belisle will remain in the American League Central after being released by the Indians, with reports indicating he’ll join the Twins. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press tweeted the connection, with Jon Heyman of Fan..." June 12

  • Indians Promote Francisco Mejia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have promoted top prospect Francisco Mejia, per a club announcement. Right-hander Evan Marshall was optioned to create active roster space. Mejia, who’s known most for his bat, was announced as a catcher/outfielder. It’s still unknown just how the team will..." June 11

  • Indians Release Richie Shaffer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced that they’ve released corner infielder Richie Shaffer from their Triple-A affiliate in Columbus. The 27-year-old former first-round pick had been in his second season with the organization. Selected 25th overall by the Rays back in 2012, Shaffer..." June 08

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Indians activate Lonnie Chisenhall, option Bradley Zimmer to Class AAA Columbus

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In a surprising move, the Indians activated outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall and optioned Bradley Zimmer, another outfielder, to Class AAA Columbus on Tuesday afternoon before opening a two-game series against the Brewers at Progressive Field. Zimmer just came off the disabled list on..." June 05

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Indians Sign George Kontos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have signed reliever George Kontos to a minor league contract, according to an announcement from the team. " June 03

  • Indians’ Mike Clevinger calls out MLB over fine for cleats

    Yardbarker "Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger is not pleased with Major League Baseball over a recent punishment that was levied to him. Clevinger revealed to Twitter on Saturday that he had officially been fined by the league over his custom cleats, even despite them being in majority..." June 02

  • Indians Sign Oliver Perez, Designate Jeff Beliveau

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Veteran left-handed reliever Oliver Perez has signed a major league contract with the Cleveland Indians, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the club designated lefty Jeff Beliveau for assignment. Perez opted out of a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees on..." June 02

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Indians pitcher Danny Salazar still searching for answers about his ailing right shoulder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar is in town this week to consult with team trainers and medical personnel on treatment for his still-ailing right shoulder. Salazar, who has been on the disabled list since spring training with right shoulder impingement tendinitis, will..." June 01

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • Indians Select Jeff Beliveau, Option Adam Plutko

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Tuesday that they’ve selected the contract of left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Adam Plutko to Columbus in his place. Cleveland’s 40-man roster is now full. Beliveau, 31, will return to the Indians for..." May 29

  • Terry Francona shoots down rumor of positive PED test for Jose Ramirez

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona has denied rumors that All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez has been suspended for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. A report circulated Tuesday afternoon out of the Dominican Republic that Ramirez would soon be informed of an 80-game..." May 29

  • Trevor Bauer appears to state his case for All-Star consideration

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer has yet to make an All-Star team in his six-year MLB career, and he thinks that should finally change this season. ESPN’s Buster Olney posted a tweet on Monday morning about how stacked the starting pitching will potentially be for the American League All-Star..." May 28

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Cubs and Indians favorites to land Machado

    Sportsnaut "As each day passes, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado appears to draw closer to being traded. Meanwhile, a clearer picture begins to emerge for who might be the favorites to land the All-Star slugger. According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland..." May 27

  • Indians Place Andrew Miller On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "According to Jordan Bastian of, Indians lefty Andrew Miller is headed back to the DL with right knee inflammation. It’s the same knee issue that caused him problems last year, which is surely incredibly disheartening news to a Cleveland ballclub whose bullpen situation just seems..." May 26

  • Indians Designate Oliver Drake, Recall Ben Taylor

    MLB Trade Rumors "Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal tweets that the Indians have designated right-handed reliever Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled fellow righty Ben Taylor from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Drake was charged with six earned runs in last night’s game against the..." May 26

  • Trevor Bauer: I have no problem with Gerrit Cole

    Yardbarker "Trevor Bauer says that he has no problem with Gerrit Cole, contrary to some of the information that’s being written about them. Bauer and Cole are set to square off against each other on Sunday when the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros meet. The two were teammates at UCLA..." May 26

  • MLB Rumors: Mets' Jeurys Familia to Indians?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's that time of year, baseball fans. As teams like, say, the Mets, teeter between contention or falling down the standings, a magical date looms to dictate the future of franchises: July 31. That date--representing the Major League Baseball trade..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Trevor Bauer lashes out at 9/11 conspiracy theorist accusations

    Sporting News "Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer created a buzz Tuesday after digging with his cleats what appeared to be "BD 911" into the mound before earning a win over the Cubs, but he was quick to respond to the controversy that took social media by storm.  Many watching the game..." May 23

  • Trevor Bauer hates batting in NL parks, but don't expect any of his infamous batting stance impressions vs. Cubs

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Pitchers pitch and hitters hit, and Trevor Bauer fancies himself pretty competent when it comes to one, but not the other. However, that didn't stop the Cleveland Indians right-hander from having a little fun at his teammates' expense during a 2015 game in Pittsburgh where he..." May 22

  • Indians Move Josh Tomlin To Bullpen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are shifting fifth starter Josh Tomlin to the bullpen in favor of rookie right-hander Adam Plutko, manager Terry Francona revealed last night (link via Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer). Plutko, 26, will be recalled later this week to make what will be his second Major..." May 21

  • Indians Select Melky Cabrera, Designate Alexi Ogando

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have indeed optioned Marshall, Hoynes reports. Additionally, the club has designated reliever Alexi Ogando for assignment. Ogando signed a minor league accord with the Indians during the offseason and ended up cracking their roster earlier this month. However, the 34-year-old only..." May 21

  • Cleveland Indians promote Melky Cabrera, in starting lineup Sunday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians promoted veteran outfielder Melky Cabrerafrom Class AAA Columbus and started him in right field Sunday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Cabrera, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Indians on April 26. He spent several days in extended spring training..." May 20

  • Terry Francona reached out to AJ Hinch over Trevor Bauer’s accusations

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer put his manager in a tough position with some of the unfounded accusations he made toward the Houston Astros earlier this month, and Terry Francona acknowledged that over the weekend. Bauer basically declared war on the Astros a few weeks back..." May 20

  • Michael Brantley carrying Indians' shaky outfield as Lonnie Chisenhall starts rehab assignment

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been green-lighted to start his rehab assignment at Class AAA Columbus. Chisenhall, who has been traveling with the Indians on this trip, is scheduled to join the Clippers today and play his first game with them on Monday. He has been on the..." May 20

  • Indians re-sign reliever Matt Belisle to minor-league deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Right-handed reliever Matt Belisle, who was released earlier this month by the Cleveland Indians after appearing in eight games, re-signed with the club Wednesday on a minor-league contract and has been assigned to Class AAA Columbus. Belisle, 37, was designated for assignment May 2..." May 16

  • Hamstring strain sends Naquin to DL "The Indians' outfield took a hit on Saturday, with Tyler Naquin landing on the disabled list due to a left hamstring strain. During the fourth inning of Friday's 10-9 loss to the Royals, Naquin pulled up around first and limped into second while legging out a two-run double. He initially stayed..." May 12

  • Mike Napoli Undergoes ACL Surgery, Continues To Weigh Future

    MLB Trade Rumors "Slugger Mike Napoli has undergone a procedure to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). That has been anticipated since he was diagnosed with a torn ACL and meniscus last month. The injury occurred while Napoli was playing for the Indians’..." May 12

  • Indians' Andrew Miller: Reinstated from disabled list

    CBS Sports "Miller (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Royals. Expectedly, Miller will rejoin the Indians ahead of this weekend's series after going down with a left hamstring injury near the end of April. He didn't require any sort of rehab..." May 11

  • Indians P warned by MLB about his cleats

    Yardbarker "Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger is in some hot water with Major League Baseball for a fairly strange reason. Clevinger tweeted a picture Friday of an official warning letter that he received from the league. The letter read that he had “violated Major League Baseball’s Uniform..." May 11