The Indians have signed C Anthony Recker to a Minor League contract that includes an invite to Spring Training. Minor League catching depth.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Indians still need outfielders. The good news is there are still more than four months to shop until opening day. The bad news is the Indians are still shopping in the same aisle. The Indians were never in play for the upper crust of free agent..." November 28
ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26
The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25
Cleveland Plain Dealer "While the spotlight shines on the big-league free agent market, there are plenty of available free agents on the minor league market as well. The Indians had several minor league players file for free agency in late October and early November. Here's an update on some of them. Outfielder..." November 24
Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23
MLB.com "When the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline expired this past season, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce let out a big sigh of relief while sitting at his locker in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park. One thing that is certain this winter for Bruce is he will get to live that feeling of..." November 22
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians added five minor leaguers to their 40-man roster on Friday. The team also cut ties with reliever C.C. Lee. Clubs faced a deadline Friday for protecting players from being available in the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., in less than..." November 20
Hardball Talk "Veteran outfielder Shane Robinson, who was dropped from the 40-man roster by the Twins earlier this month, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Indians. After a decade in the Cardinals organization Robinson joined the Twins on a minor-league deal last offseason and ended up receiving a..." November 20
Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20
Waiting For Next Year "The Cleveland Indians rumor mill is starting to heat up a bit more. Michael Bode and I have covered a ton of possible outfield and infield targets the team could acquire via trade this offseason. I’ve looked at the non-qualifying offer free agent market for potential options, too. The most..." November 20
ESPN "OK, so Todd Frazier is on the block. As Joe Sheehan wrote Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds should have traded him back in July, when his trade value had peaked after a monster first half, when he hit .284/.337/.585. He slumped to .220/.274/.390 in the second half, however, and while he still had an..." November 19
MLB Daily Dish "According to Jon Morosi, the Indians are in preliminary discussions with several teams to acquire outfield help. Cleveland was likely going to enter the market for an outfielder when the offseason began, and with the unfortunate news that Michael Brantley needed shoulder surgery, their need..." November 18
Scout "The weather is already warm in Cleveland this November, but the Tribe's involvment in MLB's Hot Stove season may be warmer. The Indians have had talks with at least three teams-- the Dodgers, the Yankees and the Blue Jays-- about a potential pitcher-for-starting outfielder swap, according to..." November 18
True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18
ESPN "OK, so Todd Frazier is on the block. As Joe Sheehan wrote Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds should have traded him back in July, when his trade value had peaked after a monster first half, when he hit .284/.337/.585. He slumped to .220/.274/.390 in the second half, however, and while he still had an..." November 18
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Michael Brantley's successful 2015 season was accompanied by the steady drumbeat of injury. The most painful beat arrived Monday when he underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder that could cost Brantley at least part of the first month of the 2016 season. The Indians open the..." November 15
Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13
Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12
The Indians outrighted INF Michael Martinez to Triple-A today, but he declined the assignment and is now a free agent.
MLB.com "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11
MLB.com "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11
MLB.com "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10
Carlos Correa a finalist for BBWAA AL Rookie of Year award with Lindor and Sano.
Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10
MLB Trade Rumors "12:50pm: Indians head athletic trainer James Quinlan told reporters, including Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (links to Twitter) that Brantley won’t begin swinging a bat for four months. The five-month timeline refers to Brantley getting into rehab games, Hoynes adds, meaning it’s more..." November 10
That's right shoulder surgery for Brantley, out 5-6 months. Arthroscopic procedure to repair slight labrum tear. Hurt arm during 9/22 dive.
Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.
Regarding Byung-ho Park, I hear it's also not mets, yanks, Dodgers, angels, padres or Indians.
MLB Blogs "The Indians are in the market for power and right-handed slugging has been seemingly an annual need for the club in recent years. One intriguing solution would have been Korean slugger Byung-ho Park. The Nexen Heroes made Park available to Major League teams via the posting system last week,..." November 07
Sporting News "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the end of one major league season sparks the life of the next. Baseball, like any sport, is predicated on its players. Each team comes with a rabid fan base anxiously awaiting what moves will be made during the offseason. This year, there are plenty of..." November 04
Akron Beacon Journal "The Indians on Wednesday declined to pick up outfielder Ryan Raburn's club option for the 2016 season. Raburn, 34, is now a free agent. Last season he hit .301 with a .393 on-base percentage, eight home runs, 16 doubles and 29 RBI in 173 at-bats playing primarily against left-handed pitchers...." November 04
CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03
ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03
SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The sale of Cablevision will have no affect on the Indians' payroll in 2016 and beyond. That's too bad because Charles Dolan -- the brother of Larry Dolan who purchased the Indians for $323 million in 1999 -- is in the process of selling the cable company he founded in 1973 for an estimated..." October 27
New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27
SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27
Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26
Number Fire "The Cleveland Indians "have some interest" in pursuing Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna via trade, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. What It Means: Ozuna reportedly has a rocky relationship with Marlins' owner Jeffrey Loria, leading to discussions of his being on the trade block...." October 24
Sporting News "MLB has message to teams that carry their postseason champagne celebrations onto the field to spray fans: Put a cork in it. According to ESPN, there could even be disciplinary action involved. First, there's the image of players, manager and coaches consuming alcohol on the field (never mind..." October 22
New York Post "Major League Baseball continues to move forward on implementing a new rule on sliding to protect middle infielders, according to commissioner Rob Manfred. Such a rule could be in place for the 2016 season, much like the catcher collision rule, but there remains bridges to cross. Chase Utley was..." October 14
Chris Parmelee, Justin De Fratus, Shaun Marcum among players to elect free agency.
Chicago Sun-Times reporting White Sox have talked to Indians about 1B coach Sandy Alomar. ChiSox want Alomar to be bench coach.
Akron Beacon Journal "Indians owner Paul Dolan is nearing a deal to complete his search for a minority investor, per a story by the Associated Press. According to the report, Dolan has his search down to a “small group” of investors and that a deal could be finished by the end of the year. That is coming from Steve..." October 09
Indians promote Chris Antonetti to president of baseball ops, Mike Chernoff to GM and Derek Falvey to asst. GM.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Danny Salazar opened this season at Class AAA Columbus. He was there because manager Terry Francona and the Indians were trying to get his attention. Mission accomplished. Salazar, who had a bad spring training, made one start for Columbus before joining the Indians. He has not looked back. In..." October 05
Santana told reporters he's been bothered by back issue all year. Asked Francona not to make it public all season. Wanted to stay in lineup.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians, on a cold wet night at Progressive Field, received some early firepower from Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn and let Corey Kluber take care of the rest. Santana hit a leadoff homer in the second inning and Ryan Raburn started the fourth in the same fashion as the Indians beat..." October 04
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Mike Aviles reached the plate first. He had the shortest commute. Jose Ramirez raced home from second once the baseball struck the base of the wall in center field. Ryan Raburn hustled around the bases from his initial starting point of first base. When he arrived at the plate, the three..." October 03