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  • Shane Bieber's adjustments are yielding positive results

    The Sports Daily "Every game matters for the Cleveland Indians as they chase the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central. Starting pitcher Shane Bieber took it upon himself to give his squad a series victory over the Baltimore Orioles with an absolutely dominant outing on Sunday. The 23-year-old..." May 20

  • Report: Padres tried to acquire Trevor Bauer at start of season

    The Score "The San Diego Padres made a push to acquire Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer just as the regular season was getting underway, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Bauer, 28, emerged as one of baseball's premier starting pitchers in 2018 when he went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA..." May 19

  • Indians Recall Adam Plutko, DFA Neil Ramirez

    MLB Trade Rumors "Adam Plutko was recalled from Triple-A to make the start in today’s ballgame for the Cleveland Indians, while Neil Ramirez was DFA’ed to make room, per The Athletic’s Zack Meisel (via Twitter). Plutko, 27, made 12 starts for the Indians last season, going 4-5 with a..." May 18

  • Indians had 'mild' interest in Matt Kemp before release by Reds

    Yardbarker "The Indians had “mild” interest in Matt Kemp before the Reds released the veteran outfielder earlier in May, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal writes (subscription required). In fact, Rosenthal notes that Cleveland was the only team who expressed any interest at all in Kemp’s..." May 17

  • Oscar Mercado to be called up by Indians

    Let's Go Tribe "Oscar Mercado is getting his shot. According to Mandy Bell, the Cleveland Indians are expected to call up the 24-year-old to meet with the team in Chicago, with the likely corresponding move being a Tyler Naquin trip to the injred list. Mercado was acquired at the deadline..." May 13

  • Indians Select A.J. Cole

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have selected the contract of righty A.J. Cole from Triple-A Columbus, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Righty Cody Anderson will head back to AAA in his place, while infielder Max Moroff has cleared waivers and been outright off the 40-man roster. Cole,..." May 11

  • Have the Cleveland Indians seen the last of Corey Kluber?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Will the Tribe exercise Corey Kluber's option for 2020? Hey, Hoynsie: Why do I think we’ve seen the last of Corey Kluber? He’s got a club option for $17.5 million in 2020 and an $18 million club option for 2021. Unfortunately, I think he’s leading the..." May 11

  • Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers scouting free agent James Shields

    Lone Star Ball "James Shields’ throwing sessions have been watched by representatives from the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, according to Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi says that Shields isn’t close to signing, but is throwing and keeping in shape in order to be ready to join a..." May 07

  • Indians Trevor Bauer Says He Received Death Threats After Rough Start

    TMZ "Cleveland Indians superstar Trevor Bauer says he received death threats after getting rocked in his start Monday night ... claiming one fan told him, "I will kill you." Bauer -- one of the frontrunners for the AL Cy Young this season -- gave up 10 hits and 8 runs..." May 07

  • Cleveland Indians’ Danny Salazar shut down for a 'couple days’ in rehab assignment

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the Indians talked about possible replacements for injured starters Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger, they made it clear that former All-Star Danny Salazar was not an option. They weren’t kidding. Manager Terry Francona told reporters Saturday that Salazar had a..." May 06

  • Cleveland Indians recall RHP Cody Anderson from Triple-A, designate INF Max Moroff for assignment

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Indians recalled pitcher Cody Anderson from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. Anderson will start the series finale against Seattle at Progressive Field. In a corresponding move, the club designated utility infielder Max Moroff for assignment. Anderson, 28, has appeared in..." May 05

  • Matt Kemp's potential landing spots: Indians, Dodgers, Yankees among teams who could use veteran outfielder

    CBS Sports "On Saturday the Cincinnati Reds released veteran outfielder Matt Kemp, who is currently recovering from a fractured rib. Kemp hadn't played well for the Reds when he had been healthy, hitting just .200/.210/.283 in 62 plate appearances. Factor in his unavailability and the Reds' recent..." May 05

  • Indians send Considerations, Cash to Twins for Adam Rosales

    Let's Go Tribe "The Cleveland Indians finalized a deal with the Minnesota Twins to acquire utility infielder Adam Rosales this morning. A veteran of more than ten years, Rosales pops up on a major league roster every so often as a depth option. You may recall him from such seasons as: 2010..." May 04

  • Corey Kluber facing 3-month absence, report says

    Sporting News "The Indians may be facing an extended period without ace Corey Kluber, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a broken right arm. According to, "an optimistic outlook" for Kluber's return right now is estimated to be three months (four to six..." May 04

  • Cleveland Indians put Corey Kluber on injured list; will be re-examined in 3 to 4 weeks

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have placed Corey Kluber on the 10-day injured list and recalled right-hander Jon Edwards. Kluber will be re-examined at Cleveland Clinic in three to four weeks. X-rays and a CAT scan at Cleveland Clinic on Friday confirmed that Kluber suffered a non-displaced fracture of..." May 03

  • Cleveland Indians will give Corey Kluber update on Friday; lengthy rehab expected

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone Wednesday night when he was hit by a line drive. To be blunt, he broke his pitching arm and he’s not coming back soon. The fracture was revealed by X-rays at Marlins Park after Kluber..." May 03

  • Is now the time for the Indians to experiment with openers?

    Let's Go Tribe "Corey Kluber’s arm is broken, but the Indians’ dreams of winning the AL Central are not. This isn’t the first time that the Indians have lost a key starting pitcher due to a line drive — in 2016, Carlos Carrasco missed the second half of September and the..." May 02

  • Indians pitcher Corey Kluber suffers fractured arm after being hit by line drive

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians will be without ace Corey Kluber for a significant amount of time after the former AL Cy Young Award winner was hit by a line drive Wednesday night.  The Indians say preliminary X-rays indicate Kluber suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right..." May 02

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Indians Option Greg Allen, Recall Jordan Luplow

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have optioned outfielder Greg Allen to Triple-A, according to Mandy Bell of To take Allen’s place on the active roster, the team has recalled outfielder Jordan Luplow. " April 28

  • CarGo gushes over playing with 'special' Lindor

    The Score "Carlos Gonzalez is playing in his 12th major-league season, and he's never seen anyone quite like his Cleveland Indians teammate, shortstop Francisco Lindor. Considering who he's played alongside in the past, that's quite the feat. "I’ve played with some great..." April 27

  • Bregman responds to Bauer chirp: 'We're not friends'

    The Score "Alex Bregman doesn't appear too impressed with Trevor Bauer's consistent trash talk. The Cleveland Indians starter limited the Houston Astros to one run over eight innings while picking up a win on Thursday. Bauer then celebrated on Twitter, jabbing at Bregman and saying he..." April 27

  • Indians Select Tyler Clippard

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of veteran right-hander Tyler Clippard. He’ll step into the vacant spot on the organization’s 40-man roster. In order to open a space on the active roster, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was optioned back to..." April 25

  • Indians’ Carlos Carrasco leaves game with bruised left knee

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Carrasco left Tuesday night’s game after four innings after he took a tumble at first base trying to catch an errant throw from Carlos Santana. Carrasco stayed in the game to finish the inning, but was replaced by Neil Ramirez to start the fifth. The Indians announced..." April 24

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Hanley Ramirez Elects Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Hanley Ramirez has elected free agency after declining an outright assignment from the Indians, as indicated on the Triple-A International League transactions log. He’ll presumably venture out into the open market in search of a new opportunity. The 35-year-old Ramirez..." April 23

  • Braves star responds after Trevor Bauer critiques team’s approach "The tone was critical. The words were… complimentary? Add it all up, and Trevor Bauer’s postgame comments about the Braves’ bats after Atlanta’s comeback, 8-7 victory at Progressive Field on Saturday night were certainly curious. “It didn’t seem..." April 22

  • Indians Activate Francisco Lindor and DFA Hanley Ramirez

    12 Up "After missing the start of the 2019 season with calf and ankle injuries, Francisco Lindor is making his return to the diamond. The Cleveland Indians have activated the star shortstop from the injured list on Saturday. To make room on the active roster, veteran slugger Hanley Ramirez..." April 20

  • Baseball isn’t baseball without Francisco Lindor

    Let's Go Tribe "Francisco Lindor returned to Cleveland yesterday. For now, it’s just an evaluation while the teams starts their weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. It was unlikely that we would see him smiling around the bases last night, but the rain made sure that never happened...." April 20

  • Indians prospect Benson hits 4 HRs in A-ball

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians prospect Will Benson hit four home runs for Class-A Lake County on Thursday night. He's the first minor leaguer to hit four homers in a game since 2014, when Yankees prospect Mike Ford hit four for Class-A Charleston and Diamondbacks prospect Jon Griffin also..." April 19

  • Carlos Santana, Hanley Ramirez 'We're U.S. Citizens!!!'

    TMZ "The Cleveland Indians game got rained out on Friday ... but there's still a lot to celebrate, 'cause Carlos Santana was officially sworn in as United States citizen!! The Dominican slugger took his oath of citizenship in front of his family and friends in federal..." April 19

  • Brad Miller elects free agency

    Yardbarker "The Indians announced today that infielder Brad Miller has elected free agency after clearing waivers. Recently designated for assignment, Miller had expressed some frustration with the organization’s decision and preferred not to take a spot at Triple-A. This move puts an..." April 17

  • Lindor having ankle reassessed after rehab finale

    ESPN "Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will appear in another minor league rehab game Thursday before rejoining Cleveland on Friday, at which point the team will reassess his ailing left ankle and determine whether he's ready to be activated off the injured list. Lindor began his..." April 17

  • Indians Select Mike Freeman

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Tuesday that they’ve selected the contract of infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Columbus and optioned fellow infielder Eric Stamets to Triple-A Columbus in his place. A corresponding 40-man move wasn’t required, as Cleveland had only 39 players on its..." April 16

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Brad Miller rips Indians after being cut

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Right now what’s up is down and what’s down is up for the Indians. Confused? Imagine how Brad Miller feels? Miller, one of the few Indians’ players who looks like he knows what to do with a bat, was designated for assignment after Sunday’s 9-8 loss to..." April 15

  • Indians To Designate Brad Miller For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have informed Brad Miller that he has been designated for assignment, per’s Mandy Bell (via Twitter). Jason Kipnis will return from the injured list to take Miller’s spot on the roster, adds Paul Hoynes of (via Twitter). " April 14

  • Lindor in line to start rehab assignment Monday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s last trip around the bases went well, he’s expected to join Class AAA Columbus on Sunday to begin his rehab assignment. “Frankie ran the bases today for the second day in a row,” said manager Terry Francona, before..." April 14

  • Indians To Select Carlos Gonzalez’s Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians will select the contract of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from Triple-A, according to reporter Jorge Urribarri (Twitter link).  As per the terms of Gonzalez’s minor league deal, he’ll now earn a guaranteed $2MM for making the Major League roster, plus another $1MM is..." April 13

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • Indians place Mike Clevinger on 10-day injured list

    Fox 8 Cleveland "The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher Mike Clevinger on the 10-day injured list, the team announced on Tuesday. The designation is retroactive to Monday. The right-hander is dealing with a right upper back muscle strain, according to the team. " April 09

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Mike Clevinger expects to make next start after leaving with back tightness

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians got a bit of an injury scare on Sunday, but all seems to be well for pitcher Mike Clevinger. Clevinger threw only 75 pitches before departing his start with what the Indians termed as “upper back tightness.” He said after the game, however, that he is..." April 07

  • Trevor Bauer on decision to remove him from no-hitter: 'I knew it was probably time to come out'

    Yahoo! Sports "Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer isn’t mad about being taken out of a no-hitter after seven innings. The 28-year-old Bauer actually agreed with the decision, telling reporters “I knew it was probably time to come out” after the game. While Bauer had not..." April 05

  • Terry Francona 'hated' pulling Bauer with no-no, but 'it was the right thing'

    The Score "Trevor Bauer's pitch count got the best of him. The Cleveland Indians right-hander was removed in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a no-hitter intact after throwing 117 pitches. "I didn't want to take him..." April 05