Indians Rumors & News

  • Carrasco once ate pizza for 90 straight days during spring training

    The Player's Tribune "The first time I set foot on a baseball field, I cried. And cried. And cried. At least that how my parents tell the story. I was four years old at the time, and my mom had taken me over to one of the little ball fields near our home in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She wanted me to play..." March 22

  • Encarnacion looking to maintain 100-RBI streak with Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "At first, Edwin Encarnacion wasn't sure he wanted to talk. It was not a matter of being rude. By nature, Encarnacion is shy. The Cleveland Indians power hitter is trying to quietly fit into his new team. Encarnacion knows he's the most expensive free agent signing in Tribe history. He..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • 5 MLB teams that can dethrone the Cubs as World Series champions

    Yardbarker "It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to..." March 21

  • Brantley to make long-awaited spring debut Monday

    CBS Sports "Brantley (shoulder) will start in left field in Monday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports. It will be the Cactus League debut for Brantley, who has been eased along slowly in his return from shoulder surgery. " March 20

  • Indians' Anderson to undergo Tommy John surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Indians right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2017 season, the team announced (Twitter link via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com). Anderson made the decision after a second opinion confirmed both a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and a mild..." March 19

  • Jason Kipnis approximately 4-5 weeks from game action

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians are looking to get back to the World Series this season, and they’re going to have to start that journey without their starting second baseman. Jason Kipnis will miss several more weeks with a nagging shoulder issue. Kipnis has been limited to only two Cactus League games..." March 19

  • Cleveland Indians target Carlos Carrasco for March 24 start vs. Chicago Cubs

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians are optimistic that right-hander Carlos Carrasco won't be out long with a sore right elbow. An MRI Tuesday showed that Carrasco had swelling in the elbow, but no structural damage after he allowed eight runs on eight hits Monday in the second inning against the White Sox. "He's..." March 16

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Carlos Carrasco has elbow swelling, though the Indians say it's not serious

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Carrasco, a key component to the Indians' starting rotation for 2017, has swelling in his right elbow and will most likely miss his next start. Manager Terry Francona told reporters Tuesday that an MRI revealed the swelling. "Everything is OK," said Francona, after the Indians' 6-5..." March 15

  • Jason Kipnis out for the next few weeks to nurse hurt shoulder

    Fox 8 Cleveland "Indians slugger and second baseman, Jason Kipnis, might miss opening day on April 3 because of a shoulder injury, Tribe manager Terry Francona said at a media briefing on Sunday. The team also took to Twitter to address Kip’s status: “From Terry today: Kip will be out the next couple of weeks..." March 12

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Top eight most annoying MLB players

    Sportsnaut "Most of the time when it comes to favoring a team, certain MLB players won’t deter you from standing a few extra minutes in line waiting for an autograph. Even if that player’s makeup isn’t exactly warm and uplifting. On the other hand, there are some players that have a tendency (or three) to..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Infielder Brett Lawrie's a free agent, and here's five places he could land

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the Chicago White Sox released second baseman Brett Lawrie. We’ve since covered the White Sox’s perspective on the surprising move . The obvious follow-up to ask is this: What does the future hold for Lawrie? Sure, he’s dealing with a mysterious leg injury. Yes, his livewire..." March 04

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Kipnis scratched with mild shoulder strain

    MLB.com "Jason Kipnis tried to play the villain against his hometown Cubs in the World Series last fall. If the Indians' second baseman is going to do so again this year, it will have to come a little later in the schedule. On Sunday, Kipnis was scratched from the lineup for Cleveland's Cactus League..." February 26

  • Francona's health will determine how long he manages Tribe

    MLB.com "In four years at the helm, manager Terry Francona has guided the Indians to two postseason appearances and one American League pennant. Based on what they have on their current roster, the Indians are expected to go deep in the postseason again this October. Francona, 57, has entered his 17th..." February 23

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Encarnacion: Blue Jays were ‘too hasty’ with free agent decision

    Sportsnet "For the first time in years Edwin Encarnacion is not in Blue Jays camp for spring training. But the new Cleveland Indians slugger maintains that Toronto was his first choice and says the Blue Jays were “too hasty” during his free agency this past off-season. “Toronto was always my first option,..." February 21

  • Francona won't guarantee Kluber Opening Day start

    CBS Sports "Kluber, who will be on a strict limit this spring, may not be ready to start on Opening Day, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Manager Terry Francona isn't ready to name his ace the Opening Day starter, and said the club is "slowing" the right-hander down early in camp. "If he's not..." February 20

  • Indians rightly name Cody Allen, not Andrew Miller, the closer for 2017

    CBS Sports "En route to the Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Indians manager Terry Francona rewrote the book on bullpen usage during the postseason. He brought ace setup man Andrew Miller into games as early as the fifth inning, and both Miller and closer Cody Allen were used for multiple innings. That..." February 18

  • 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

    Sportsnaut "“The dream is over, baby.” In a recent letter to The Players’ Tribune, 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announced his retirement. After telling a story of a pick-up slow-pitch softball game, Swisher said it’s time to hang up his cleats. WHEW! That felt goooood. It’s like a weight has..." February 17

  • Indians Hire Grady Sizemore As Front Office Advisor

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have hired former Major League outfielder Grady Sizemore as an advisor to their player development staff, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. While there’s no specific mention of Sizemore formally retiring, Bastian does reference the the playing career of Sizemore, who was a..." February 15

  • Terry Francona hasn't watched Indians' World Series Game 7 loss to Cubs

    Sporting News "Terry Francona isn't one to dwell on the past, even though he was named AL Manager of the Year this past season and his club won the AL Central en route to a World Series appearance. While the past includes the Indians' extra-inning loss to the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series, Francona..." February 15

  • Although jobless, Coco Crisp isn’t ready to retire

    San Jose Mercury News "Coco Crisp isn’t ready to retire. That doesn’t mean that you will see him at a ballpark soon, however. It has been clear since his trade to Cleveland last Aug. 31 that the center fielder wouldn’t have a gig with the A’s – Oakland hasn’t had a spring training camp without Crisp since 2009 –..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Indians have interest in Chase Utley

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians have been busy in free agency, but they may not be finished yet. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians are “intrigued” by free agent second baseman Chase Utley. However, Cleveland already has a second baseman in Jason Kipnis, so Utley would likely have..." February 08

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Chris Antonetti never thought Cleveland Indians could afford Edwin Encarnacion, Boone Logan

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the off-season finally began for the Indians, Chris Antonetti, trying to numb the pain of a Game 7 loss to the Cubs in the World Series, had another problem. Antonetti and his front office looked at the list of available free agents and knew who their "in a perfect world' selections would..." February 08

  • Indians Designate Austin Adams For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have designated right-handed reliever Austin Adams for assignment to make room for the addition of left-handed reliever Boone Logan, whose deal with the team is now official, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com (Twitter link). Adams, whom the Indians chose in the fifth round of the..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Cleveland Indians invite Wily Mo Pena to camp at suggestion of Edwin Encarnacion

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Yes, the Indians have invited Wily Mo Pena to spring training. No, he will not be reporting to big-league camp. Yes, he will be reporting with the organization's minor leaguers. So just why is Pena, 35, a veteran of eight big-league seasons coming to camp at all? Well, it seems the Indians are..." February 03

  • Indians have deal with southpaw Boone Logan

    Fanrag Sports "The Cleveland Indians have reached a deal with free agent left-handed reliever Boone Logan, sources told FanRag Sports. Logan is the latest move for the defending American League champions, who also added Edwin Encarnacion earlier this offseason. The Indians previously acquired right-handed..." February 02

  • Report: Indians sign Wily Mo Pena

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Wily Mo Pena signed a minor-league deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. The deal will be worth $700,000 if Pena makes a return to the big leagues, according to the report. Pena, who turned 35 last week, last..." February 01

  • Report: Adam Moore resigns with Indians on minor league deal

    Scout "A barrage of injuries to Yan Gomes over the last couple of seasons forced the Cleveland Indians to look toward other options such as Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez in 2016. In fear of Gomes' troubled injury history repeating itself, the Tribe agreed to terms with catcher Adam Moore on a minor..." January 31

  • Terry Francona pledges $1 million to Arizona baseball

    Sportsnaut "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona recently committed to a pledge of $1 million to the University of Arizona baseball program. Francona, an alumnus of the school, recently told the Arizona Athletics Department the funds will be geared towards baseball capital projects. Construction will..." January 31

  • Dodgers trade Carlos Frias to the Indians

    Hardball Talk "The Cleveland Indians have acquired righty Carlos Frias from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Frias was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Brett Eibner, who himself is likely to be organizational depth, so it’s..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Report: Craig Breslow drawing interest from Blue Jays, Indians and Twins

    Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays, Indians and Twins have reportedly emerged as frontrunners to sign free agent left-hander Craig Breslow. No offers are on the table yet, however, and Rosenthal speculates that fellow free agent left-handers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins will..." January 28