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  • Alex Wilson Opts Out Of Contract With Indians

    MLB Trade Rumors "Righty reliever Alex Wilson has opted out of his contract with the Indians, per a club announcement. He will head back onto the open market in search of a better opportunity elsewhere. Wilson, 32, had been competing for a spot in the Cleveland bullpen. " March 21

  • Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor wants to play in opener, but practicing patience

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Francisco Lindor says his right calf is feeling good and he wants to play in the season opener on March 28. But common sense keeps whispering in his ear. “Of course, I want to play. I want to play this game,” Lindor said after playing in a minor-league game on Wednesday...." March 21

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Matt Joyce released by Cleveland

    CBS Sports "Joyce was released by the Indians on Tuesday. Joyce was given some time to think after being told he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster in Cleveland, and he's evidently elected to take his chances elsewhere rather than head to Triple-A. " March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • Padres, Indians Still Engaged In Talks On Veteran Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres and Indians remain engaged in “continued discussions” regarding Cleveland’s group of high-quality, veteran starters, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter link). There’s no expectation that a deal will come together..." March 18

  • The Indians have a Triple-A outfield problem

    Let's Go Tribe "The Cleveland Indians outfield situation has been a key talking point of spring training, and the outfield got more interesting with the announcement of the signing of Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league contract yesterday. Gonzalez isn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day March 28, but..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Is Cleveland Indians’ Danny Salazar finally turning corner in return to mound?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Finally the Indians have some good news to report on Danny Salazar. Salazar has fired the Indians’ imagination since he made his big-league debut against Toronto in 2013 and struck out seven batters in six innings, flirting with triple-digit velocity along the way. He made the..." March 18

  • Cleveland Indians agree to minor-league deal with OF Carlos Gonzalez pending physical

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Opening day is drawing near and the Indians working on their outfield. They have agreed to a minor-league deal with Carlos Gonzalez, pending a physical. The deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, includes an early April opt out clause. The deal was confirmed by the..." March 17

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Cleveland Indians expect top prospect Triston McKenzie to miss six weeks

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Right-hander Triston McKenzie, the top prospect in the Indians’ minor league system, is expected to be shutdown for about six weeks with a strain in his upper back. Surgery is not an option at this point and the Indians are expecting McKenzie to make a full recovery. This..." March 12

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Kenny Lofton still upset with Hall of Fame snub, blames PED users

    Hardball Talk "Former major league outfielder Kenny Lofton fell off the Hall of Fame ballot in his first year of eligibility in 2013, getting only 3.2 percent of the vote, a bit below the five percent threshold needed to remain. Lofton was certainly underrated by the voters, as he accrued 68.3 WAR according..." February 28

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Nolan Arenado extension sets the bar for Francisco Lindor, Indians

    Let's Go Tribe "Francisco Lindor is waiting for his number. The 25-year-old superstar may be young and he may have been more than happy to accept $10 million to avoid the messy arbitration process, but he’s no dummy. He knows what he’s worth, and he’s going to do everything in his..." February 26

  • Cleveland Indians, Hanley Ramirez make minor league deal official

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Now the Indians will get to see what Hanley Ramirez has left in the tank. The Indians and Ramirez made it official on Tuesday as Ramirez passed his physical and agreed to a minor league deal. If Ramirez, 35, makes the club, he’ll earned $1 million plus incentives. He..." February 26

  • Cleveland Indians’ Tyler Naquin starts quest for starting job with a bang

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "This was before Tyler Naquin’s first swing of the spring. The swing that sent a pitch from lefty Brandon Finnegan flying down the right field foul line for a home run in the Indians’ exhibition opener against the Reds on Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark. Naquin had already..." February 25

  • Cleveland Indians, Hanley Ramirez agree to minor-league deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Former Boston Red Sox outfielder/first baseman Hanley Ramirez has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will be invited to major-league camp pending a physical, according to reports. Major League Baseball insider Ken Rosenthal reported Ramirez and the..." February 24

  • Trevor Bauer so happy Machado signed with NL team

    Larry Brown Sports "San Diego Padres fans aren’t the only ones happy to know Manny Machado will be wearing a Padres uniform for the foreseeable future. Machado signing a massive 10-year contract with the Padres was met with joy in southern California. American League pitchers that faced Machado on..." February 23

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Mike Clevinger has some deep thoughts about athleticism and, um, nipples

    Hardball Talk "I’m not given a commission by anyone for selling subscriptions to The Athletic. I mean, sure, for a lot of reasons I want that publication to do well. I have many friends who work for it and I think, for the most part, it does good work. But on some level they’re my competition, so..." February 21

  • Well-traveled Tyler Clippard reaches deal with Cleveland Indians: Report

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians keep adding veteran pitchers to the bullpen, which says something about the state of their pen. They reportedly have come to terms with right-hander Tyler Clippard,34, on a minor league deal. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that Clippard can earn $1.75 million if..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Trevor Bauer: Why is Indians star pitcher so contentious, hated?

    SI "Trevor Bauer sits on a folding chair in a drafty warehouse, sipping applesauce from a plastic cup and electrocuting his brain. Well, electrifying his brain, actually. Bauer, who values precision, points out that there’s an important difference. To electrocute something means to..." February 19

  • Indians' All-Star Francisco Lindor focused on health, not big contract

    Let's Go Tribe "If Twitter activity is any indication, Francisco Lindor is sitting around with a bunch of media members today answer questions today. And if his answers are any indication... you might want to enjoy the next three years of him in Cleveland. I don’t want anything taken out of..." February 18

  • Trevor Bauer's radical idea on MLB contracts could benefit everyone

    USA Today "In one swoop Thursday morning, Trevor Bauer made the Cleveland Indians cringe, the unemployed free-agent class think and the players' union listen. In addition to airing his grievances about the arbitration process and the “character assassination” he endured,..." February 15

  • Manager Terry Francona eyeing quick return for Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Shortstop Francisco Lindor, with his strained right calf and electric blue hair, walked into the Indians’ clubhouse on a rainy Thursday afternoon in the desert. “I feel great,” shouted Lindor, while opening a stack of boxes in front of his locker before heading into..." February 15

  • Indians Sign Asher Wojciechowski, Tim Federowicz To Minor League Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Asher Wojciechowski and catcher Tim Federowicz to minor league contracts with invites to Major League Spring Training. Wojciechowski, 30, will give Cleveland some depth in both the rotation and..." February 14

  • Indians' Bauer: I'll only sign 1-year contracts during my career

    The Score "Trevor Bauer is ready to bet on himself until the day he hangs 'em up. Just a few days after defeating his team in a contentious arbitration hearing, the outspoken Cleveland Indians right-hander shared a rather outside-the-box idea, stating he'll only sign one-year contracts..." February 14

  • Bauer blasts Indians for 'character assassination' during arbitration

    The Score "After Trevor Bauer defeated the Cleveland Indians in arbitration, the pitcher admitted he enjoyed most of the process. But he didn't enjoy the final portion of his hearing, during which the All-Star pitcher says the Indians' representatives engaged in "character assassination"..." February 14

  • Indians brought up Trevor Bauer’s social media use in arbitration hearing

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer won his arbitration case against the team this week for the second consecutive year, but the hearing apparently got a lot more personal this time around. In an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Todayon Thursday, Bauer accused..." February 14

  • Cleveland is still the best team in the AL Central, but a complacent offseason could be the team's downfall in 2019

    CBS Sports "In baseball, complacency can be a killer. When a team wins the World Series, there's a naturally strong urge to want to run it back with the same cast of characters the following season. Turns out that approach doesn't work nearly as well as teams would hope. Gauging the..." February 13

  • Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole, Alex Wood win arbitration cases

    Hardball Talk "Three arbitration awards were handed down today. All three involved starting pitchers. All three starting pitchers got the W: Trevor Bauer of the Indians, Gerrit Cole of the Astros, and Alex Wood of the Reds all prevailed and will get the salaries they sought for..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Verdict on arbitration case between Trevor Bauer and Cleveland Indians coming soon

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians and Trevor Bauer will find out sometime in the next several days who won their arbitration case to determine Bauer’s salary for the 2019 season. Bauer and the Indians went through their second arbitration hearing in as many years on Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla...." February 11

  • Indians Increasingly Unlikely To Trade Corey Kluber

    MLB Trade Rumors "“There is almost no chance” the Indians deal ace right-hander Corey Kluber before pitchers and catchers report to Cleveland’s Spring Training camp on Thursday, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports.  This would seemingly close on the door entirely on..." February 11