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  • Padres, Reds, Indians Have Discussed 3-Team Scenario Involving Corey Kluber

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres, Reds, and Indians have engaged in discussions regarding a possible three-team trade scenario, according to Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). Precise permutations aren’t known, but the concept at play appears to be one that would send..." January 15

  • Report: Padres pursuing Kluber primarily to flip him

    The Score "If the San Diego Padres are successful in their pursuit of Cleveland Indians ace right-hander Corey Kluber, the union may be brief. The Padres, who remain in contact with the Indians about Kluber's availability, are looking to flip the three-time..." January 15

  • Report: Rangers in contact with Ottavino, Allen

    The Score "Add one more team to the list of clubs interested in free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino. The Texas Rangers are speaking with the 33-year-old right-hander, as well as former Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen, sources told The Athletic's Ken..." January 15

  • No second chance for Cleveland Indians to trade Jason Kipnis in crowded second base market

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians have traded a lot of players this winter, but the one who seemed the most logical to go is still with them. That would be second baseman/outfielder Jason Kipnis, who is in the final year of his contract. The Indians tried hard to trade him after the 2017 season, but he was..." January 14

  • Will Kluber be dealt to Padres or Dodgers? "Pitchers and catchers report in one month. Corey Kluber's destination remains uncertain. The Indians and Padres have been in contact regarding a possible Kluber trade since the New Year began, although no deal was close as of Friday night, sources said. A separate source said the..." January 12

  • Indians and Francisco Lindor avoid arbitration, fail to reach deal with Trevor Bauer

    Let's Go Tribe "The Cleveland Indians and shortstop Francisco Lindor avoided arbitration with a $10.55 million deal this afternoon, but failed to reach an agreement for the second straight season with Trevor Bauer. Lindor’s one-year deal comes close to the record for a..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • Should Cleveland Indians stop taking calls on Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer? Or keep listening?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Tribe Fest is Saturday and Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer are scheduled to attend. The next big date on their schedule will be mid-February, when pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear, Ariz. for the start of spring training. It would be nice if Kluber and Bauer knew..." January 10

  • Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer vows to use Twitter 'more responsibly in the future'

    USA Today "Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer said his much-publicized Twitter interaction "may have had a negative impact" on the college student who told USA TODAY Sports that she felt harassed by Bauer and his followers.  Bauer weighed in on the fallout from the..." January 09

  • Indians Avoid Arbitration With Kevin Plawecki

    Yahoo! Sports "The Indians recently acquired Kevin Plawecki from the Mets. Now they know how much they’ll pay him in 2019. The club and the catcher have settled for $1,137,500, avoiding arbitration. Plawecki, 27, hit .210/.315/.370 with seven homers in 79 games in 2018. He’s likely to..." January 09

  • Indians, MLB need to take Trevor Bauer’s harassing tweets seriously

    Hardball Talk "Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is what we extremely online people call “extremely online.” For those of you who, unlike me, still understand what it means to see sunlight and experience human contact, to be “extremely online” is to inculcate oneself to Internet..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Trevor Bauer gets in bizarre Twitter feud with young woman

    New York Post "Trevor Bauer has upped his weirdness to creepiness. The Indians All-Star pitcher launched an odd Twitter trash talk-turned-harassment campaign that extended over a day while in Puerto Rico, against a woman who told Bauer he was her “least favorite person in all..." January 08

  • Report: Indians Want Chris Sale-Level Return for Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber

    12 Up "With many of the big arms in the free agent frenzy spoken for (read: basically just Patrick Corbin), the focus for many teams looking to upgrade their rotation has shifted to the trade market. All offseason long, it's been no secret that the Cleveland Indians have been..." January 07

  • Indians could still send Kluber or Bauer to Dodgers

    CBS Sports "We're at a bit of a crossroads here. The first Sunday in January is usually the clichéd "slow news day" but so many free agents remain unsigned with spring training less than six weeks away. Something has to give at some point, right?  Until it does,..." January 07

  • Cleveland Indians trade for New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Looking to add depth behind the plate after dealing Yan Gomes in November, the Cleveland Indians on Sunday completed a trade with the New York Mets to acquire catcher Kevin Plawecki in exchange for relief pitcher Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty. Plawecki, 27, appeared in 79..." January 06

  • Latest on Tribe's asking price for Kluber/Bauer "Teams interested in acquiring Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer surely hoped the new year would bring a different approach from the Indians in considering offers for their All-Star starting pitchers. Instead, sources say the asking price for Kluber or Bauer is the same in 2019 that it was..." January 06

  • Indians focused on ‘cheap roster fillers’ more than blockbuster deals

    WKYC "The Cleveland Indians’ desire to move starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer were the talk of 2018 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but despite several reports and rumors, both remain on the roster, and it looks as though that will remain the case for the foreseeable..." January 03

  • Cleveland Indians sign RHP Justin Grimm to minor-league deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Righty Justin Grimm has signed a minor-league deal with the Cleveland Indians with a non-roster invitation to spring training, the club announced Thursday. Grimm, 30, split time between Kansas City and Seattle in 2018. In 306 career big-league appearances, Grimm holds a 20-23 record..." January 03

  • Indians should be in on Yasmani Grandal... eventually

    Let's Go Tribe "Remember when the Indians signed Edwin Encarnacion? Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly be more excited about the another season starting following the magic that was 2016, the front office went out and grabbed one of the most consistent power hitters in..." January 02

  • Indians unlikely to trade Kluber or Bauer

    The Score "The Cleveland Indians might not trade one of their aces after all. After weeks of speculation and rumors revolving around the potential trades of Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, team sources told's Anthony Castrovince that it's unlikely the Indians trade either player,..." December 28

  • Indians 'Engaged' in Corey Kluber Talks with Padres

    Bleacher Report "The San Diego Padres are currently involved in trade talks to acquire Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians, according to Jon Paul Morosi of     While the Los Angeles Dodgers are still considered the favorites to land the pitcher in a trade, the Padres remain..." December 26

  • Free-agent relievers who could help the Cleveland Indians including a couple of wild cards just for fun

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians' bullpen needs a boost. After leading the big leagues in ERA in 2017, it had the third-highest ERA in the American League last season. The free agent defections of Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Oliver Perez have not helped. What follows is a look at 11 free-agent..." December 24

  • Dodgers, Indians discussing trade for Corey Kluber again

    Sporting News "The Dodgers and Indians are discussing a trade for Cy Young winner Corey Kluber again. And according to NBC LA, one executive said he'd "be blown away if Dodgers don’t get Kluber.” Los Angeles has been targeting Kluber for a while, but it just..." December 21

  • Trevor Bauer has bold goal for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer likely has several goals for 2019. Maybe he wants to win the Cy Young award, lead the league in multiple statistical categories, and put together the best season of his career. But the Cleveland Indians starter has an even more bold goal than that. As he shared for Jeff..." December 21

  • Indians, Cody Anderson avoid arbitration with deal

    Akron Beacon Journal "The Indians and Cody Anderson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, the team confirmed on Wednesday. The deal is for a reported $641,250, as first detailed by Fancred’s Jon Heyman. With Anderson signing a one-year deal, that leaves only Francisco..." December 20

  • Reds remain involved on trade talks regarding Corey Kluber

    Sporting News "The Indians could have multiple options if they decide to move Corey Kluber. Cleveland has continued to discuss dealing the 32-year-old ace, according to a report from MLB Network, which cites unidentified league sources. The Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Reds, amongst others, have..." December 19

  • Why Cleveland logically wants to pull off a Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer blockbuster this winter

    CBS Sports "What do you after winning three division titles in a row, dominating your rivals and even making a trip to the World Series? Sell off your ace, apparently. If the Red Sox look quirky for potentially shopping some of their better players this offseason, Cleveland looks downright kooky..." December 19

  • Indians Still Discussing Potential Corey Kluber Trades

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are still holding discussions with rival organizations about star right-hander Corey Kluber, according to Jon Morosi of (Twitter links). In particular, it seems the Reds are actively engaged with the Cleveland brass. Needless to say, this isn’t the..." December 19

  • Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer reportedly more likely to stay with Cleveland

    Yardbarker "Persistent rumors of the Cleveland Indians trading one of their top starting pitchers may end up being false thanks to some astute roster moves in other departments. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Indians are expected to be less aggressive in trying to clear salary after..." December 15

  • White Sox trade for first baseman Yonder Alonso, the brother-in-law of free-agent target Manny Machado

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox made a surprising move Friday night in their quest to upgrade their roster and lure free agents Bryce Harper or Manny Machado — or both. The Sox acquired left-handed-hitting first baseman Yonder Alonso from the American League Central rival Indians, a source..." December 15

  • Report: Edwin Encarnacion Traded to Mariners for Carlos Santana in 3-Team Deal

    Bleacher Report "The Seattle Mariners have continued their flurry of offseason activity after reportedly acquiring Edwin Encarnacion as part of a three-team deal.  Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Encarnacion will be sent to the Mariners with the Cleveland..." December 13

  • Phillies still after Zach Britton, hot on Andrew Miller's trail, sources say

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies lost out on another starting pitching target Wednesday when J.A. Happ turned his focus on returning to the New York Yankees. Happ, 36, was seeking a three-year contract and the Phillies were reluctant to do that. Earlier this offseason, the Phillies lost out on..." December 13

  • Terry Francona shares thoughts on trade rumors surrounding Indians

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are a team that has been mentioned frequently this offseason when the topic of blockbuster trades comes up, but manager Terry Francona does not think there is a whole lot to any of that talk. While speaking with reporters at the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas..." December 12

  • At least 4 teams have spoken with Mariners about acquiring Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Mariners seem to be shopping Carlos Santana. Seattle has spoken with the Rays, Indians and Rockies about potentially dealing away the 32-year-old slugger, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Marlins also checked in on Santana..." December 12

  • Cleveland Indians talking three-team trades involving Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso and others

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When Chris Antonetti said Tuesday was an eventful and complicated day for the Indians at the winter meetings, he wasn’t kidding. The Indians are engaged in several potential three-way deals and they may hinge on being able to trade sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder..." December 12

  • Rockies eyeing Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnación in trade talks

    Purple Row "The Rockies, a team that could certainly use a seasoned first baseman, are interested in Carlos Santana from the Seattle Mariners. This isn’t the first time they’ve taken a look at the infielder, as they also were in talks for him when he was with the Phillies. Santana..." December 12

  • Indians don’t have exact number for future payroll, but getting younger remains key goal at winter meetings

    Akron Beacon Journal "As the Indians lifted themselves from being the Detroit Tigers’ proverbial younger brother five or six years ago to three-time American League Central champions and World Series contenders over the last several seasons, their collective payroll ballooned to new heights. But it..." December 11

  • Rays, Indians Discussed Trade Of Edwin Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have had trade discussions with the Indians about first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion and infielder Yandy Diaz, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports (two links).  It isn’t clear if these talks extended beyond anything but due diligence, and Hoynes said that if..." December 10

  • Corey Kluber Trade Rumors: Talks Have 'Intensified,' Dodgers Interested

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Indians have discussed potentially trading star pitcher Corey Kluber for much of the offseason, and now talks have reportedly "intensified," according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Los Angeles Dodgers are among the..." December 10

  • Indians place high asking price on starting pitchers

    Larry Brown Sports "Though rumors continue to fly that the Cleveland Indians will deal one of two leading starting pitchers, neither will come cheap. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the asking price on both Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer is “very, very high,” though both players could..." December 09

  • MLB Rumors: How Yankees can get Indians' Trevor Bauer for ‘bargain price’

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB Winter Meetings begin Monday in Las Vegas, and there will be plenty of trade talk making the hot stove sizzle, with Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke and San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison..." December 07

  • Indians listening to trade offers on Edwin Encarnacion and Yandy Diaz

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It’s always good to have a backup plan. A Plan B if Plan A falls through. If the Indians aren’t able to get what they want for starting pitchers Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer in a trade, they’re willing to move in different directions to keep their payroll in check..." December 07

  • Indians reportedly ‘increasingly motivated’ to trade Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians locked up one of their most reliable starting pitchers on Thursday when they signed Carlos Carrasco to a multi-year extension, and that could make it even more likely that they trade Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the..." December 06

  • Indians Extend Carlos Carrasco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have worked out an extension with veteran righty Carlos Carrasco, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). The ACES client will now be under contract in Cleveland through at least the 2022 campaign. Financial terms are not yet known, but Rosenthal..." December 06

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Report: Reds have interest in Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians have received plenty of interest in their starting pitchers already this offseason, and the Cincinnati Reds are said to be among the teams who are exploring a possible deal with them. Jon Morosi of reports that the Reds are open to making a..." December 04