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  • Mike Clevinger's Return Should Completely Change Indians' Plans at the Trade Deadline

    12 Up "With the July 31 trade deadline looming, teams across Major League Baseball have a decision to make: call it a season to get value and assets return or make a strong push for the postseason. Currently four games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, Cleveland..." July 18

  • MLB Trade Deadline: MLB Trade Predictions 2 Weeks from the 2019 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The July 31 MLB trade deadline is creeping up. Over the next two weeks, swaps will be consummated, or they won't. Based on the latest rumors and credible rumblings, plus a dollop of informed speculation, here are nine deal or no deal predictions for some of the top..." July 17

  • MLB Rumors: Is Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer On The Trading Block?

    SI "The MLB trade deadline is in two weeks and it seems that rather than looking for a big bat to carry them through September, teams are focused on adding pitching. Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays first baseman Justin..." July 17

  • Buy, Sell or Stand Pat for Every Team at 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The time for evaluating is over. With the July 31 trade deadline bearing down, teams across Major League Baseball must decide how they're going to handle it. We can't make this choice for them, but we do have notions as to which clubs should buy, sell or stand pat ahead of the..." July 17

  • 10 MLB teams that need to make a trade deadline move

    Larry Brown Sports "It is a seller’s market in Major League Baseball this July. The bulk of MLB teams can at least claim to be in contention, sitting within five games of either the division or a wild card spot, and that means a lot of teams are going to be competing for limited resources ahead of the July..." July 17

  • MLB trade rumors: Will Indians trade Trevor Bauer after Corey Kluber’s return? Yankees still interested?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation should get a boost just after the MLB trade deadline when ace Corey Kluber is expected to return in early August after being sidelined with a broken forearm. Kluber’s eventual return, plus a possible return for later..." July 17

  • Report: Braves interested in Indians All-Star duo

    Sportsnaut "The Cleveland Indians have made a recent run up the standings and currently sit at 52-40. This doesn’t mean that long-standing rumors that the team will sell off some of its assets are false. Cleveland could very well be looking to both buy and sell, adding players..." July 17

  • Five deals we want to see get done before the MLB trading deadline

    USA Today "As the second half gets underway and with just a few weeks remaining before Major League Baseball's trade deadline, the market's potential buyers and sellers are taking shape. It's an intriguing group of players expected to be dealt this month, ranging from..." July 16

  • Top 20 MLB pitching trade candidates

    The Score "With Major League Baseball's trade deadline approaching, theScore's MLB editors break down the 20 best pitchers who could be moved ahead of July 31. 1. Zack Greinke, SP, Diamondbacks Greinke has settled down after a really rocky start to the campaign and is putting..." July 15

  • Do Umpires Dream of Electronic Strikes?

    Bleacher Report "Like a bang-bang call at first base, there is much jawing and a whole lot of disagreement throughout baseball over an idea threatening to arrive soon at a ballpark near you: the electronic strike zone. Dubbed "robo ump"—affectionately by some, not so much by..." July 15

  • 10 biggest questions for the MLB trade deadline

    USA Today "The days of posturing, pretenses, bluffs, deception and even out-and-out lies are about to end. It’s that time of year where every Major League Baseball club’s front office must call and turn over their cards. In or out? And if you want to win, just..." July 15

  • Report: Asking prices on MLB trade market are ‘enormous’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the MLB trade deadline looming, things are a little bit distorted in the market due to the limited number of teams who are clear sellers. As of Monday morning, 22 of 30 teams are within five games or less of a playoff spot, meaning many teams will be looking to add and few are..." July 15

  • The Most Brutal Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Fails Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "There's undeniable risk when it comes to pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline. Case in point, even after he helped them win a World Series, fans around the league still question the Chicago Cubs' decision to trade Gleyber Torres for two months of..." July 15

  • Twins' Max Kepler makes history by homering in five straight at-bats against Trevor Bauer

    Bring Me The News "Max Kepler owns Trevor Bauer. The Twins' outfielder homered in three consecutive at-bats against the All-Star right-hander earlier this season, and he bombed him twice again in his first two at-bats in Minnesota's 6-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday..." July 14

  • Leonys Martin Signs With Chiba Lotte Marines

    The Mainichi "The Lotte Marines announced Sunday they have signed a one-year deal with former major league outfielder Leonys Martin. The 31-year-old Cuban-born player had been with the Cleveland Indians since the 2018 season but was designated for assignment last month. He made his MLB debut with..." July 14

  • Corey Kluber getting closer to throwing bullpen sessions

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona said Corey Kluber received another encouraging update from doctors on Thursday regarding the non-displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his right forearm. Kluber is playing catch at 150 feet with “really good intensity,” said Francona. The next step..." July 13

  • Indians acquire Phil Maton from Padres

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Indians have acquired right-handed reliever Phil Maton from the San Diego Padres in exchange for a portion of their international bonus pool money, the club announced Friday. The Indians moved righty Cody Anderson to the 60-day injured list in order to make room for..." July 13

  • One thing every MLB team needs to do in the second half

    USA Today "Major League Baseball's first half is now in the rear-view mirror and all 30 teams are turning their attention to the final 11 weeks of the 2019 season. Across both leagues, there's still plenty of ambiguity in the races for the postseason. Four teams are within..." July 12

  • Top MLB Prospects Who Could Be Prizes of 2019 Blockbuster Trades

    Bleacher Report "The 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline won't be all about brand-name veterans. Some of the league's best prospects might also change hands ahead of July 31. We've pointed to eight specific young talents who are worth keeping an eye on as potential trade chips in..." July 12

  • 5 Players Who Will Bounce Back From Disappointing 1st Halves After the All-Star Break

    12 Up "The MLB All-Star break has come and gone, and plenty of the league's stars just recharged in order to continue their phenomenal seasons. However, there are a few players who were expected to enjoy great success in 2019 who couldn't manifest it in the first half of the year. However, for..." July 11

  • Seven bold predictions for the rest of MLB season

    Yahoo! Sports "Although we are past the midpoint of the 2019 MLB season, there is still plenty of time for the fantasy landscape to undergo dramatic changes. And gamers who get too comfortable with the current hierarchy of assets are going to get burned when some players soar or sink. Although each..." July 11

  • MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees’ Clint Frazier for Indians’ Trevor Bauer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Much has been written about the New York Yankees and their quest to find more starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline. One of the more popular names in the latest rumors is Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer. Some have floated a deal in which the..." July 11

  • MLB All-Star Game draws record low 6.2 overnight rating

    Awful Announcing "Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game on Fox drew a 6.2 overnight rating, a record low overnight. Last year’s game drew a 6.5 overnight, same as 2017, and the previous record low came in 2016, when the game in San Diego drew a 6.2 overnight. Fox is just happy they won the..." July 11

  • The MLBPA needs to get its story straight

    New York Daily News "Ballplayers have been frozen out by their billionaire bosses for two straight winters in free agency. Are they ready to do anything about it? At the All-Star Game, at least, that depends who you ask. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale painted a flowery picture of proletariat..." July 11

  • 8 MLB teams potentially poised to break out in the second half

    Larry Brown Sports "The All-Star break is a good time to step back and assess where the 30 teams across Major League Baseball stand. Some teams comfortably occupy first place, some are facing a second half of playing out a string of meaningless games, and then there is the group caught in the middle. In..." July 11

  • Would the Indians trade Trevor Bauer in the middle of a pennant race?

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported yesterday that he expects the Indians to be “aggressive listeners” on Trevor Bauer leading up to the trade deadline. Which is weird because, last I checked, the Indians had cut the Twins AL Central lead in half to a..." July 11

  • MLB managers wearing uniforms is the weirdest thing in sports we’ve accepted as normal

    SB Nation "Major League Baseball managers are the only coaches in professional sports who suit up in uniform like players do. This never bothered me until I saw an Instagram of Braves manager Brian Snitker with some of his all-stars. It was this Instagram (second photo) that gave..." July 10

  • Here's what trade targets Trevor Bauer and Marcus Stroman can offer the Yankees

    SNY TV "With just over two weeks left till the MLB Trade Deadline is upon us, expect the hot stove to catch fire. Brian Cashman and the Yankees will once again be at the forefront of discussions in the days leading up to July 31. The target? Starting pitching. Last season..." July 10

  • Atlantic League to experiment with batters “stealing first base”

    Hardball Talk "People often joke about fast guys who can’t hit by saying “you can’t steal first base.” What Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League’s new rules presuppose is, “what if you can?” As you’re no doubt aware, Major League Baseball and..." July 10

  • MLB players are furious, willing to strike over economic system: 'We're all united'

    USA Today "There are no threats, no allusions of intimidation ... really, not even raised voices. Yet there also is not the slightest tinge of fear. Major League Baseball players representing their brethren at the All-Star Game in Cleveland made it quite clear this week..." July 10

  • 7 Top Prospects Who Could Spur Their Teams Down The Stretch

    MLB Trade Rumors "Every now and again, a young player arrives in the majors relatively late in the season and immediately functions as a key cog for a contender. Think Corey Seager in 2015. It takes a combination of talent, readiness, and opportunity all coming together. We’ll be focused in no..." July 10

  • Indians' Shane Bieber named All-Star Game MVP

    The Score "Shane Bieber was only named to the American League All-Star roster on Friday as a replacement player. Now, he's improbably on top of the baseball world for one night. Bieber put on a show for his hometown fans Tuesday, and the Cleveland Indians starter was rewarded..." July 10

  • Houston stole Michael Brantley from right under Cleveland's nose

    Yardbarker "The Indians never so much as made a contract offer to Michael Brantley before he inked a two-year, $32M deal in Houston this offseason, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports within a broader look at the club’s struggles to retain top stars. Nightengale interviews both Brantley and CC..." July 09

  • MLB All-Stars Most Likely to Be Traded Pre-2019 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Some of the players going into the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in one uniform may be wearing a different one come August 1. Specifically, we think there are nine All-Stars who could be moved ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. These are players who are obviously talented..." July 09

  • Rob Manfred denies Cleveland got the All-Star Game in exchange for axing Chief Wahoo

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred went on record saying that he hoped the Indians would get rid of Chief Wahoo in October 2016, during the World Series. In January 2017, Manfred met with Indians owner Larry Dolan for the specific purpose of discussing the matter of Chief Wahoo. At the conclusion..." July 09

  • MLBPA Chief Tony Clark Discusses CBA, Juiced Ball

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark chatted with the media today as part of this week’s All-Star festivities. The Twitter feeds of Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Group feature many of the key comments. Those..." July 09

  • Rob Manfred Says He'll Encourage Owners to Pass 3-Batter Minimum Rule for 2020

    12 Up "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is (eternally) looking to make some drastic changes in the game, and one of the new rules he's looking to implement soon is the three-batter minimum for entering relievers. While he's not officially casting a vote per..." July 09

  • Rob Manfred: MLB didn't alter baseball for more HRs

    ESPN "Commissioner Rob Manfred once again emphatically denied that Major League Baseball has altered baseballs to generate more offense, amid widespread criticism from some of the sport's top pitchers. "Baseball has done nothing, given no direction for an alteration in the..." July 09

  • Five Storylines Entering The MLB All-Star Game

    The Big Lead "MLB All-Star week started with a blast after Monday night’s thrilling Home Run Derby, won by the Mets’ Pete Alonso, but highlighted by the epic home run duel between the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson and Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr, who lit up Progressive Field in Cleveland..." July 09

  • Indians to be ‘aggressive listeners’ on Trevor Bauer

    Larry Brown Sports "The surging Cleveland Indians have won six games in a row to pull within 5.5 games of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, but financial realities mean that the team may have to deal a key piece in the midst of it all. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Indians will be..." July 08

  • George Springer, Christian Yelich leading off All-Star lineups

    Hardball Talk "We learned earlier this afternoon that Justin Verlander and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the All-Star Game on the mound. Now we learn that George Springer and Christian Yelichwill lead off. Here are the lineups: AMERICAN LEAGUE 1. George Springer, Astros..." July 08

  • These players aren’t MLB All-Stars, but their last year of work says otherwise

    SB Nation "A baseball season is more than just a first half, and it would be nice if there was a way to recognize second-half performances in All-Star rosters. For the most part, the All-Star roster construction process is just fine. Fans get to vote for the starting position players, and sure..." July 08

  • Top Yankees exec scouting potential trade target Trevor Bauer

    SNY TV "Yankees GM Brian Cashman & Co. are on the hunt for a starting pitcher to add at the trade deadline, though things have been mum lately on that end.  But that doesn't mean the pinstripes aren't working behind the scenes.  According to The..." July 08

  • What went wrong for Bryce Harper, other missing MLB All-Stars from 2018

    ESPN "As you roll into downtown Cleveland, there's a pedestrian overpass across Ontario Street with a huge All-Star banner draped along the length of the bridge to promote the week's festivities. It features the faces of several of baseball's biggest stars. One of those stars..." July 08

  • Chief Wahoo missing from Cleveland's All-Star Game, but mascot issue endures

    USA Today "Chief Wahoo’s presence at this 90th All-Star Game will be merely unofficial, his beaming face a source of pride for some Cleveland Indians fans and a hideous, latently racist send-up of a Native American to the rest of us. Major League Baseball has won this battle. Commissioner..." July 07

  • Indians SP Carlos Carrasco Diagnosed with Leukemia

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco said he's been diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer impacting blood and bone marrow, but noted the condition is "under control." Carrasco, who last pitched May 30 and was placed on the 10-day injured list June 5 with what..." July 06

  • Max Muncy, Shane Bieber, Liam Hendriks named to All-Star Game as replacements

    The Score "Three players have been added to Tuesday's All-Star Game as replacements, MLB announced Friday. Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy was added to the National League roster, while Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber and Oakland Athletics reliever Liam Hendriks both..." July 06

  • Each MLB Team's Nightmare 2019 Trade Deadline Scenario

    Bleacher Report "The July 31 trade deadline is approaching. May every team in Major League Baseball get everything it wants. But what would the opposite of that look like? We've endeavored to answer this question by imagining the nightmare trade deadline scenario for all..." July 05

  • MLB Home Run Derby Bracket Officially Revealed

    12 Up "The MLB Home Run Derby is set to take place on Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Yet, just days before the event, there was still some drama left to decide. After Javier Baez was forced to pull out of the event due to injury, MLB announced that Joc Pederson of..." July 04

  • Xander Bogaerts among AL injury replacements added to All-Star roster

    The Score "Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will be an All-Star, after all. Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Bogaerts, Tampa Bay Rays rookie Brandon Lowe, and Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios will serve as..." July 03