INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rangers Only Interested In Mike Napoli On One-Year Deal

It once seemed like the Rangers were moving swiftly toward a deal with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, but nothing has come together as of yet. That may be because Texas is only interested in guaranteeing the veteran a single season, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (Insider link). It’s not terribly surprising, perhaps, to learn of that stance. With so many other power...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
6 hours ago

Inbox: How much power will Edwin bring?

How much power should Indians fans expect from Edwin Encarnacion? What will the lineup look like for 2017? Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Via Indians.com
15 hours ago

Signing Alomar tops Tribe's free-agent moves

Roberto Alomar was still in his prime when he decided to sign with the Indians. This was not some aging veteran looking to cash in on his final years. This was one of the game's top all-around threats -- a future Hall of Famer -- and he wanted to come to Cleveland.
Via Indians.com
17 hours ago

Nellie Rodriguez is our No. 18 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 19?

Nellie falls four spots from last year’s ranking as he begins to enter the higher levels of competition. It’s not that he had a terrible season in 2016, but Nellie Rodriguez’s stock seems to be dropping among Cleveland Indians fans. Once the most promising power arm in the farm system, the 22-year-old could become redundant with Bobby Bradley’s prodigious power coming up...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shaw’s Strong Setup Work Overlooked in Tribe’s Success

After nearly 300 games pitched over four seasons in Cleveland, Indians setup man Bryan Shaw’s arm has yet to fall off. Quietly one of the most durable relievers in the game, Shaw led the American League in appearances again for the second time in his four years in Cleveland, providing manager Terry Francona with a reliable relief option and generally one less arm to worry about...

Today in Tribe History: January 23, 1962

Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are elected to the Hall of Fame on their first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Feller spent 18 seasons in the Majors with the Cleveland Indians in a span of 21 years after spending three years of his prime in the United States Navy during World War II. “Rapid Robert” was a statistical leader year in and year out in a variety...

Shawn Morimando is our No. 17 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 18?

Morimando is hoping to expand a 2016 campaign which saw him briefly reach the majors Shawn Morimando joins the growing list of talented Cleveland Indians left-handed pitching prospects alongside Brady Aiken, Rob Kaminsky, Juan Hillman and Ryan Merritt. He beat out Nellie Rodriguez and Tyler Krieger to enter our LGT Prospect rankings for 2017. A 19th round pick out of high school...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71 – Johnny Hodapp

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day! Countdown to Opening Day – 71 days The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their uniforms when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys...

Former Indians infielder Marte dies at 33

Former Major League infielder Andy Marte died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33 years old.
Via Indians.com
1 day ago

Korea’s NC Dinos Sign Jeff Manship

NC Dinos of the KBO League have signed right-hander Jeff Manship, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter).  Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reported earlier this week that the two sides were in the process of working out a deal.  Terms of the contract weren’t announced.  Manship is represented by the Boras Corporation. Manship posted a 3.12 ERA, 7.5 K/9, 51.1% grounder rate...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Yandy Diaz, Bradley Zimmer among eight prospects invited to Indians spring training

Non-roster spring training invites are for more than just relievers. The Cleveland Indians have invited eight internal players to spring training as non-roster invites, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Third baseman Yandy Diaz, first baseman Nellie Rodriguez, outfielders Greg Allen and Bradley Zimmer, infielders Eric Stamets and Ronny Rodriguez, and pitchers Josh Martin and Tyler...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona cracks funny Chris Sale joke

Boston’s addition of Chris Sale is bad news to the AL East, but good news for teams in the AL Central. Terry Francona knows that. The Cleveland Indians manager attended a Boston writers dinner on Thursday night and cracked a funny joke about Sale. Terry Francona, at Boston writers dinner, thanks Dave Dombrowski for getting Chris Sale "the hell out of the Central." Gets standing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona on Encarnacion: I didn't think there was a chance

BOSTON (AP) When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster. ''I didn't think there was a chance to even talk to Edwin,'' Francona said on Thursday in his first comments since the AL champs signed Encarnacion to a three-year, $65 million deal this...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Outfielder Guyer agrees to $5M, 2-year deal with Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Outfielder Brandon Guyer has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. Guyer gets $2 million this year and $2.75 million in 2018, and Cleveland has a $3 million option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout. Guyer was acquired from Tampa Bay on Aug. 1 and he provided offensive punch and defensive depth down the stretch as the Indians won the...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Bautista nearing deal to return to Blue Jays

Jose Bautista appears to be on the verge of returning to Toronto. According to a report by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com on Sunday, the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner for the six-time All-Star slugger with the two sides said to be nearing a deal. Source: #BlueJays have emerged as the front-runner for Jose Bautista. He's nearing a deal with the club. #Toronto @mlb —...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are capitalizing on their opportunity

This week, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network ranked the Cleveland Indians atop his early 2017 MLB power rankings after the signing of slugger Edwin Encarnacion. On Saturday, he tweeted that the Indians may not be finished signing big named players this offseason. According to Rosenthal, the Indians are “staying in touch” with free agents, including Jose Bautista if his “price drops...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion has attendance bonuses in his new Indians contract

Professional sports contracts have all sorts of different bonuses, including for difference performance related items, being on the roster on a certain date, etc. But for new Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion, he has a bonus in his contract which isn’t necessarily new, but is quite unique in today’s sports world. Encarnacion’s three-year, $60 million contract has...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer asked a Twitter user for an adhesive substance, and the response was hilarious

The baseball offseason can be a short one for pitchers and catchers, who will be reporting for spring training sooner than you think. The offseason is even shorter when your team makes a deep playoff run that goes all the way to extra innings of Game 7 of the World Series. With time already running short, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer appears to be doing some homework to...
Via The Comeback
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnación Finds a Home in Cleveland

Cleveland would come within one game of winning the 2016 World Series. They would do so despite not having Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco starting their postseason games. Against the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, that’s no small feat. Oh, and remember Michael Brantley? The outfielder would put up MVP-like numbers in 2014, and follow-up with a very similar...
Via The Sports Post
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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