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Cleveland Indians Moving Along Slowly with Corey Kluber

On Sunday, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said the team was taking a slow approach during the spring with their pitching ace Corey Kluber. That means it remains uncertain if he will be penciled in as the opening day starter for the team. Last season, Kluber was the Indians workhorse on the mound. He has been the starter for the past two opening games of the season for Cleveland, but Francona is not saying yet if the hard throwing right-hander will be given the nod April 2 when the American League champions face Texas on the road. Francona... 
 

American League to Have Three Powers in 2017

The three American League teams that have been the most active in the offseason through trades and free agent signings will be the three favorites to win the three AL divisions in 2017. The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros have made big moves to address weaknesses on their roster. When strong teams make solid additions, they have the makings to become great teams. Obviously, the assumptions can be dangerous and it is possible each of the three teams will have disappointing results during the 2017 season, but the three appear... 
 

Cleveland Signs Free Agent Slugger Edwin Encarnacion

After reaching the 2016 World Series before losing to the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians were considered one of the favorites to win the American League pennant in 2017. On Thursday, the Indians dished out a large sum of money making a statement and strengthening their chances of winning the pennant by signing free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Cleveland and Encarnacion are said to have agreed on a 3-year deal that includes an option for a fourth years. The deal is said to be worth a guaranteed $65 million and includes a buyout of $5 million... 
 

Terry Francona and Dave Roberts win Manager of the Year Awards in MLB

Major League Baseball handed out two more awards on Tuesday. This time the awards were not for players but managers. Terry Francona once again proved during 2016 that he could get the best out of his players during tough situations. He guided the Cleveland Indians to the American League Central title and the AL Pennant. At the same time, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts showed that a rookie manager could overcome injuries to a record number of players and win the National League West. Because of what they accomplished, Francona and Roberts... 
 

Cleveland and the Indians Ready and Willing to Hold Title Parade Again

The Cleveland Indian players watched the championship parade of the Cavaliers this week because they tried to determine how they would get to their home field. Terry Francona the Indians manager watched fans gather for the Cavaliers title parade, saying they arrived in droves throughout the streets below the upper deck of Progressive Field. Last June, the players for Cleveland watched the city celebrate its first championship of a major sports team in 52 years. Fast forward, only four months and the Indians are standing at the doorstep of winning... 
 

Andrew Miller is ALCS MVP as Cleveland Indians Reach World Series

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians punched their ticket to the 2016 World Series by winning Game 5 of their best of seven American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Following the series-clinching game, MLB announced that Andrew Miller the Indians southpaw reliever had earned the Most Valuable Player award for the series. The use of Miller during the series had become a big talking point amongst baseball pundits, as Cleveland manager Terry Francona turned to Miller repeatedly during the middle innings for a number of... 
 

Indians Dominance Over Tigers Helped Win AL Central Title

The two straight losses the past two nights are not representative of the dominance the Cleveland Indians had this season over their American League Central rivals the Detroit Tigers. Even though the Indians have lost two straight with few every-day players in their lineup, Cleveland holds a 14-4 advantage for the season over the Tigers. Regardless of what team wins the final game on Thursday between the two teams, Cleveland will end its season with their best season series record against Detroit in over 16 seasons. In the 18 games the two have... 
 

Oakland Sends Brandon Moss To Cleveland For Prospect Joe Wendle

The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians have completed a trade that will send slugger Brindon Moss to the Indians in exchange for second base prospect Joe Wendle. Moss has hit more than 20 home runs in three straight seasons. Moss is a career .248 hitter with a .326 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage and .786 OPS in 625 games. Wendle, who will turn 25 in April, hit .265/.326/.425 in 93 minor league games in 2014, including .253/.311/.414 with eight home runs and 20 doubles in 87 games for Double-A Akron. Oakland Athletics Rumors As... 
 

AL Cy Young Candidates: Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber turned in a dominant performance Saturday night, hurling a complete game against the Chicago White Sox. Kluber registered eight strikeouts without issuing a walk, and allowed one unearned run on five hits. It was the latest in a string of dominant performance for Kluber, who has posted a 1.49 ERA in the second half, with a 28.6 percent strikeout rate. While Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has seemed to have a death grip on the Cy Young award, Kluber is a legitimate challenger. Hernandez has struggled... 
 

Cleveland Indians Send Asdrubal Cabrera to Nationals

The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals agreed on a deal that will send infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Indians in exchange for minor-league shortstop Zach Walters. Cabrera, 28, is batting .246/.305/.386 (96 OPS+) in 97 games for the Indians this season. Across parts of eight big-league seasons, the two-time All-Star owns a slash line of .270/.331/.410 and is in the final year of a three year $21.05 million contract. Walters, 24, has an OPS of .797 in 52 major-league plate appearances. In the minors, Walters has hit .280/.327/.479... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Indians Could Deal Cabrera or Masterson

The Cleveland Indians are in a tough spot. At 52-53, they are in the mix for a playoff berth. Cool Standings gives them a 24 percent chance of reaching the playoffs. However, most of that is tied to a second wild card berth. There’s very little chance of catching the Detroit Tigers, so at best they would be playing the Los Angeles Angels or Oakland Athletics on the road in a one game playoff. Accordingly, it seems likely that they will hedge their bets and focus on smaller moves. Two players that the Indians could move are Justin Masterson,... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Carroll, Nix, Francoeur, Slowey, Minor Moves Roundup

Jamey Carroll, Jayson Nix, Jeff Francoeur and Kevin Slowey recently signed minor league deals. Slowey, a 29 year-old right-hander, signed with the Miami Marlins. He threw 92 innings for the Marlins in 2013, posting an ERA of 4.11 and an FIP of 3.81. For his career, he’s walked only 3.8 percent of hitters while striking out 17.7 percent. With a fastball that sits at 89-90, and one of the lowest groundball rates of any starter in the majors, Slowey has had troubles with the longball, as shown by a career 1.4 HR/9. He’ll face stiff... 
 

Gerrit Cole and Danny Salazar, Aces on Your Radar

Who were two hardest throwing starting pitchers in baseball in 2013? The correct answer is Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians, who each averaged a touch over 96 miles per hour. Miami Marlins hurler Nathan Eovaldi would have been a sufficient answer as well, but he’s far less interesting. Cole and Salazar made waves in their somewhat limited major league innings in 2013 with their big-time stuff. I’ll go out on a limb and say both are bona-fide aces in 2014. The question is, which... 
 

Rockies Trades Land Drew Stubbs and Franklin Morales

The Colorado Rockies have made two trades. In one deal they acquired lefthanded pitcher Franklin Morales from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Ian Brown and Thomas Harding of MLB.com reported the trade. Morales, who turns 28 in January, pitched for the Rockies from 2007 to 2011 before he was acquired by the Red Sox for cash considerations. He has solid stuff, but has struggled with his control throughout his professional career, walking 11.5 percent of hitters. Before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his 2012... 
 

Cleveland Indians Reach Agreement to Sign John Axford

The Cleveland Indians reached an agreement with John Axford according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Axford’s contract is believed to be a one-year deal as he has two years of arbitration eligibility after this year. Earlier this offseason, the 30 year-old reliever was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals. Axford, who was signed by the New York Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 2006, had a strong run with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he served as their closer from 2010-12, though he lost the job in 2012 when a bout of wildness... 
 

Cleveland Indians Will Listen to Offers For Justin Masterson

Under Terry Francona‘s guidance in his first season along the shores of Lake Erie, they surprised baseball pundits and gained a wild card berth. They appear poised to contend for a post-season spot in 2013, but that could change if they part ways with rotation ace Justin Masterson. Masterson, who was acquired by the Indians from the Red Sox in the 2009 trade deadline deal that shipped Victor Martinez to Boston, is just 28, and he posted a 14-10 record with a 3.45 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 195 strikeouts in 193 innings. Yet he is in his final year... 
 

Cleveland Indians Finalize Deal With David Murphy

The Cleveland Indians announced that they had finalized an agreement with free-agent outfielder David Murphy on a two-year deal that includes a club option for 2016. The deal is reportedly worth $12 million.  The deal was contingent on Murphy passing a physical and the physical is done. Last season, the 32-year-old Murphy posted career lows in batting average (.220), on-base percentage (.282) and slugging percentage (.374) in 142 games for Texas. Murphy Murphy can play all three outfield positions and will likely platoon in right for Cleveland... 
 

Cleveland Indians Reach Agreement with David Murphy

The Cleveland Indians have reached an agreement with free-agent outfielder David Murphy on a two-year deal worth $12 million. According to John Heyman the deal includes an option for third-year.  The deal is contingent on Murphy passing a physical. Murphy, 32,  had a somewhat disappointing 2013 season for the Texas Rangers hitting just .220/.282/.374 with 13 home runs in 142 games, but the Indians  are banking on the 2008- 2012 Murphy when he hit 283/.346/.449 (108 OPS+) and averaged 18 homers and 31 doubles per 162 games played. Murphy will... 
 

Francona, Hurdle Named 2013 Managers of the Year

The Cleveland Indians Terry Francona and Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle were honored as the top managers in baseball by the BBWAA. Francona led the Indians to a 24 game improvement , the largest improvement in franchise history and earned the No. 1 wild-card spot in the American League. The Indians went 21-6 in September and ended the season on a 10-game winning streak. Francona had heart years in Boston as the Red Sox manage winning two World Series championships from 2004 through 2011, but was never voted Manager of the Year. Francona... 
 

Cleveland Indians Ubaldo Jimenez’ Turnaround in 2013

I previously wrote about how Corey Kluber has been a big key to the Cleveland Indians’ turnaround 2013 season. Similarly important has been the second-half performance of Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Indians hurler has the lowest second-half ERA in the AL. The big righthander was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in 2011 in a deadline deal in which the Indians gave up prospect Drew Pomeranz and several less-touted names. His 2011 performance with the Indians was better than his ERA would suggest, but a far cry from his 2009-10 seasons when... 
 

Corey Kluber’s Emergence Big Key for Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of securing a wild-card berth, which would be their first playoff appearance since 2007. The Indians have depended in no small part on some unexpected contributions from their starting rotation. Scott Kazmir, who spent 2012 pitching for the Sugarland Skeeters and Gigantes de Carolina has regained his fastball velocity and returned to his 2005-08 form. Zach McAllister has been solid, and flamethrowing Danny Salazar has returned from Tommy John surgery and been strong since his callup. The most significant... 
 

Cleveland Indians Acquire Jason Kubel from Arizona, Sign Kelly Shoppach

The Cleveland Indians added an outfield bat for the stretch drive acquiring Jason Kubel from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later. Kubel, 31, is a career .265 hitter with 139 homers over nine seasons with Minnesota and Arizona. He hit 30 homers and drove in 90 runs for Arizona in 2012, but his numbers had fallen off drastically this season as he dealt with numerous injuries. The Diamondbacks designated Kubel for assignment earlier this week before working out a deal with Cleveland. Kubel hit .220 with five home runs in... 
 

Cleveland Indians Acquire Cardinals Reliever Marc Rzepczynski

The Cleveland Inidans have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the St.Louis Cardinals. Rzepczynski was recalled form AAA Memphis recently and made two relief appearances for St. Louis in July. The Cardinals are set to gets minor league infielder Juan Herrera in return. Herrera, 20, is batting .275/.366/.369 in 39 games for short-season Class-A Mahoning Valley. While in Memphis, he posted a 3.33 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 44 innings of work. St. Louis acquired him in the 2011 Colby Rasmus trade. Cleveland was in the market... 
 

Indians Justin Masterson ‘Masterful’ in 7-1 Victory

After a pair of starts that saw the Indians ace surrender eight runs and walk nine, Justin Masterson bounced back on Sunday afternoon by turning in a masterful victory, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 rout of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Masterson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering a bloop single to Brian Dozier to start off the inning. Dozier would come around to score on an error by Jason Kipnis, who mishandled a grounder by Joe Mauer. The lone single would be the only hit that Masterson would allow, as... 
 

Indians Justin Masterson Shuts Down White Sox for Sweep

The Cleveland Indians completed the four-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, grabbing the 4-0 victory and outscoring the Sox by a combined score of 36-21. Cleveland struck first with two runs in the fourth, coming on a Ryan Raburn RBI double to deep center, who would later come around to score on a Carlos Santana RBI single, giving the Indians an early 2-0 lead. The Indians would follow with a another run in the fifth coming on a Lonnie Chisenhall ground out that scored Michael Brantley, and would add a fourth run in the ninth on an RBI... 
 

Indians Chris Perez Activated from DL, Resumes Closing Duties

The Cleveland Indians have activated Chris Perez from the 15-day disabled list after the closer missed just over a month due to a strained right rotator cuff. Perez will join the Indians in the middle of a series with the Baltimore Orioles and will retake the reigns as primary closer from Vinnie Pestano, who performed solidly in Perez’s absence. Pestano was five-for-five in save opportunities, posting a 2.45 ERA in 11.0 innings of work in his time as the fill-in closer. Prior to his shoulder injury, Perez was coming off of a three-game period... 
 

Cleveland Indians Chris Perez Charged With Misdemeanor Drug Possession

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife Melanie have been charged with misdemeanor drug possession of a controlled substance. Earlier this week  Perez’s  home was investigated by authorities over a suspicious package that was delivered to the home of the Indians closer. The couple was subsequently charged when a shipment of just over  a third of a pound of marijuana was mailed to them. The package was shipped from Los Angeles and was deemed suspicious when an inspector claimed the package smelled like marijuana. A K-9 unit was... 
 

Cleveland Indians Add Asdrubal Cabrera to Disabled List

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera  will be added to the disabled list after being helped off the field and last nights game against the New York Yankees. Cabrera reportedly felt pain ” a little pop”  in his right quadriceps after running out a ground ball in the fifth inning. Mike Aviles will get the lion’s share of the playing time at shortstop while Cabrera this out. “Mike Aviles will shine,” manager Terry Francona predicted. “I have no doubt. You don’t like to lose any players, but you don’t... 
 

Chris Perez Placed on the DL by the Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez was placed on the 15 day disabled list after leaving the game yesterday in the ninth-inning feeling shoulder pain. Perez will undergo an MRI today  and Nick Hagadone  was called up from Columbus to take his spot on the roster. Perez is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 17 relief appearances spanning 16.2 inning and has recorded more than 30 saves in each of the past two seasons for the Indians.  It will be the first time Perez has been on the DL in his career. Apparently Perez has been dealing with the issue for the... 
 

Justin Masterson Dominant Performances Earn AL Player of the Week Honors

Cleveland Indians ace Justin Masterson was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday following two dominant outings in which he held his opponents scoreless. In two starts this past week, Masterson pitched 16.0 scoreless innings with a 20/5 strikeout to walk ratio, posting a perfect 0.00 ERA in the process. On Monday, May 13 Masterson pitched a complete-game shutout against the New York Yankees, surrendering just four hits and striking out nine batters. Building off of his gem against New York, Masterson would pitch seven scoreless... 
 

Yan Gomes Walk-Off Homer in 10th, Tribe Sweeps Seattle

A walk-off, three-run home run by Cleveland Indians rookie catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the tenth-inning would be the icing on the cake for a 10-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday afternoon. The home run was Gomes’ second of the game, having slugged a solo home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma in the fourth-inning. Gomes would finish the afternoon going three for five with a career high two home runs and four RBI. Gomes has been solid since his April 28 call-up from Triple-A Columbus in replacement of Cleveland catcher Lou Marson,... 
 

Justin Masterson Outduels King Felix in 6-0 Victory

Coming off of a complete-game shutout of the New York Yankees on Monday, Cleveland Indians ace Justin Masterson blanked the Seattle Mariners in a 6-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. Masterson worked 7 innings, surrendering just 2 hits and striking out a season-high 11 batters. With the win, Masterson improved to 7-3 on the season, with a solid 2.83 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 70.0 innings. Over his past three starts, Masterson has maintained a 19-inning scoreless streak and is slowly inserting his name into early AL Cy Young debate. Cleveland left fielder... 
 

Jason Kipnis Homer in Extras Lifts Indians

Jason Kipnis’ tenth-inning walk-off, three-run home run would seal a 6-3 victory for the Cleveland Indians against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Following a walk (and subsequent stolen base) by Drew Stubbs and an infield hit by Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis would step to the plate with two outs and launch his seventh home run of the season to right field off of Seattle reliever Lucas Luetge. After an abysmal month of April, hitting .200/.269/.286 with 1 home run and 4 RBI, Kipnis has caught fire in May. Through 15 games this month, Kipnis... 
 

Justin Masterson shuts out Yankees with four-hitter

Justin Masterson struck out nine batters Jason Kipnis provided all the offense Cleveland Indians would need in a 1-0 shutout of the New York Yankees.  Masterson  allowed just four hits and walked three to complete his second shutout of the season  In game one of an afternoon doubleheader in Cleveland. New York came into Cleveland the hottest team in baseball with a 22-7 record since April 7. Cleveland, which moved into a tie atop the AL Central by winning two of three at Detroit last weekend, has won 13 of 15 and is 16-5 since April 20. With... 
 

Trevor Bauer Will Make Another Spot Start For Cleveland

Cleveland Indians  prospect Trevor Bauer will start game two of  a doubleheader  with the New York Yankees. Vidal Nuno will  start for New York. Bauer was effectively wild in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies allowing one  hit over five innings, but walking six. Bauer has limited batters to a .097 average and has walked 13 over 10 innings in 2013. On Tuesday night he came within one out of pitching a no-hitter for  AAA  Charlotte against Columbus.  again was part of a doubleheader and minor-league doubleheaders are only... 
 

Scott Kazmir K’s 10, Solid For Indians Against A’s

Scott Kazmir turned in his best effort  as a starter for the Cleveland Indians, striking out 10 over six innings and allowing one run, a home run to Josh Donaldson in the sixth inning. It was the 18th time in his career that he has struck out 10 or more in a game, and the first time since August 26, 2009.  His fastball reportedly touched 94 mph today. He allowed five hits and walked none. The Indians scored six runs over the first three innings in support of Kazmir as the  29-year-old left-hander lowered his ERA to 4.87.  Jason Kipnis, Nick... 
 

Indians Hit Seven Home Runs, Rout Halladay and Phillies

The Cleveland Indians hit seven home runs to power their way over Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies 14-2. . Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall homered off Halladay, then Ryan Raburn and Michael Brantley homered off Chad Durbin.  Cleveland has outscored its opponents 33-5 over the last three games, all wins. Raburn hit  Two home runs for the second straight game. Halladay gave up eight runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. Delmon Young,  activated before the game from the DL homered in his first at-bat for Philadelphia.... 
 

Cleveland Indians to Place Michael Bourn On DL

Michael Bourn lacerated finger required five stitches and although ‘s status is listed as day-to-day  manager Terry Francona expects Bourn to go on the 15 day DL within the next few days.  Bourn suffered the injury on Sunday during a head-first slide into first in the eighth-inning. The Indians may want to wait to make a corresponding move with lefty Scott Kazmir who is rehabbing in Triple-A Columbus. Kazmir could take Bourn’s spot on the roster.With Bourn out, the Indians can play Drew Stubbs in center and Nick Swisher in right... 
 

Indians News: Trevor Bauer To Start, Scott Kazmir to the DL

The Cleveland Indians placed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir on the 15 day disabled list with a right rib cage strain.  the Indians announced that Trevor  Bauer will start in Kazmir’s place on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Bauer, 22, was 12-2 with a 2.42 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 157 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings in 22 starts among Double-A and Triple-A last season in the Diamondbacks organization. Bauer was in a battle with Kazmir for the number five spot in the Indians starting rotation this spring  and was eventually reassigned to AAA.... 
 

Scott Kazmir Wins Rotation Spot, First Start to Be Against Rays

The Cleveland Indians announced yesterday that Scott Kazmir and earned a spot in the  Indians rotation and as  baseball fate would have it, his first start will come against his former team the Tampa Bay Rays on April 6. Kazmir enjoyed his most successful seasons while pitching with Tampa Bay. From 2005-08, Kazmir went 45-34 with a 3.51 ERA over 689 2/3 innings and 742 strikeouts, including a league-leading 239 in ’07. Kazmir  wasn’t shy about expressing himself on winning the spot, calling it one of the best moments of his career. “This... 
 

Indians Option Bauer: Kazmir, Carrasco Battle For Final Rotation Spot

The Cleveland Indians optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer to AAA Columbus today setting up a battle for the fifth spot in the Indians rotation between Scott Kazmir and Carlos Carrasco.  Bauer allowed 13 runs, 11 earned over 16 1/3 innings of work this spring in the Cactus League. Bauer  will likely get a call up a month or two as he works through some mechanical adjustments.  Bauer was acquired from Arizona in a three team trade in December. Kazmir has pitched well this spring working tirelessly to resurrect his career. Kaz has struck out 13 hitters... 
 

Indians News and Notes: Scott Kazmir Tosses Four Scoreless Innings

Scott Kazmir has not pitched in the big leagues since 2011  when the Los Angeles Angels released him. Kazmir  is doing everything he can to make it back to the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians this spring. Kazmir  tossed four scoreless innings against the Angels at Goodyear Ballpark,  while striking out four, walking one and allowing three hits.  The game ended in a scoreless tie. Kazmir  has emerged as a strong contender for the fifth spot in the Cleveland rotation. Daisuke Matsuzaka, competing with Kazmir for the spot in the rotation,... 
 

Indians News: Chris Perez Shut Down May Miss 3-4 Weeks

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez will not pitch in cactus league games for three or four weeks due to soreness in his right shoulder. Earlier in the day Perez was scratched from pitching against the Chicago White Sox,  and left the team’s facilities without speaking to reporters saying only, “I’m not saying anything.”’ Perez  was scheduled to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The injury could sideline him for opening day on April 2 against the Toronto... 
 

Indians News: Justin Masterson Named Opening-Day Starter

Cleveland Indians  manager Terry Francona has chosen Justin Masterson to be the opening day starter against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 2 in Toronto.  Francona let Masterson know  at Goodyear Ballpark prior to the game today against the Kansas City Royals. Masterson  pitched  to a 4.93 ERA in 34 starts for the Indians in 2012 across  206 1/3 innings.  He walked 88 and struck out 159. Ubaldo Jimenez 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts  in 2012 will now likely be slotted in the number two spot followed by Brett Myers who signed a one-year,... 
 

Indians Spring Training: Michael Brantley Gets Stitches After Being Spiked

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley hit .288 last year was 60 RBI  so when Indians skipper  Terry Francona saw Brantley walking off the field with his arm dangling at his side  was a bit concerned. Brantley was hurt when A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson stepped on Brantley’s arm when the young outfielder attempted to take advantage of an overthrow and advance to third base. Brantley was cut and received stitches in his left forearm. “I don’t know how many stitches and you never like any injury, but in this case... 
 

Michael Bourn: Good Deal, But Not For Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians made a surprise splash on the free-agent market, inking speedy outfielder Michael Bourn to a four-year, $48MM deal (with a $12MM vesting option). While most organizations had been turned off by Bourn’s rejected-qualifying offer status, since the Indians’ first round pick is protected, the team only has to surrender a competitive-balance pick. Yet, even though the Indians retained their first-round pick, and added a top-shelf lead-off man and defender for arguably a fair price, it was still a curious move for the... 
 

Cleveland Indians Reach Agreement With Michael Bourn

Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn has finally found a home. Bourn reached an agreement with the Cleveland Indians on a four year deal worth $48 million. The deal includes a $12 million vesting option for a fifth year which is triggered if Bourn reaches 550 plate appearances in the final year of the deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.  Bourn 30,  hit .274/.348/.391 last year with nine homers, 57 RBI and 42 steals in 2012 with the Atlanta Braves. The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs had also been rumored as potential suitors for Bourn... 
 

Indians Sign Dice K To Minor League Deal – Make Myers Deal Official

The Cleveland Indians were active today and have put the finishing touches on its 2013 rotation. The Tribe inked two veterans, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Brett Myers, to one year deals today. Dice-K, the Japanese import who came over to Boston and helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2007, has resurfaced on a minor league contract. Matsuzaka, has not been effective since 2008, but will make a base salary of 1.5 million dollars if he makes the team out of spring training with incentives reaching as high as $4 million. Dice-K has totaled just over... 
 

Cleveland Indians: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

It has been an offseason of significant change for the Cleveland Indians. Terry Francona, who led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles before he was dismissed after the 2011 campaign, replaced the fired Manny Acta as manager. Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who can become a free agent after the 2013 season, was traded to Cincinnati in a three-team deal that brought highly regarded right-handed starting pitching prospect Trevor Bauer and center fielder Drew Stubbs to the Indians. Longtime fan favorites Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore were... 
 
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