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Some teams operate on parallel tracks. The Indians seem to be operating on divergent paths.
On one hand, they’re talking about trading players such as shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo and right-hander Justin Masterson.
On the other hand, they made a $44 million offer for free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino, and are now bidding competitively for infielder Kevin Youkilis and outfielder Nick Swisher, according to major-league sources.
Are they tearing down? Building up? Which is it?
Sort of a combination.
Cabrera, Masterson and closer Chris Perez are two years away from free agency, Choo one. The Indians, a low-revenue club, are trying to thread the needle, and improve the team both short- and long-term.
The way the Indians see it, they have a strong core of pre-arbitration players, including second baseman Jason Kipnis, catcher Carlos Santana and outfielder Michael Brantley; third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and reliever Vinnie Pestano.
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Those looking for the Cleveland Indians to sign a free agent slugger can look no further as they have reportedly closed in on signing corner infielder Mark Reynolds to a one-year deal worth $6 million.
Reynolds, 29, hit .221/.335/.429 with 23 home runs and 69 runs batted in through 135 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season. When he plays a full season, the right-handed slugger...
This week at Winter Meetings, Ron Washington got a pop quiz.
“Four other members of your 1988 club are now current Major League managers, just like you. Can you name them?”
The Rangers skipper, approached with this informal test by MLB.com, thought for a moment. “Terry Francona,” he said. Francona, the new leader of the Indians, hit .311 in 62 games that season, primarily...
The Indians left baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville last week empty handed, but they were about as active as any team there. Many were disappointed by the Tribe’s closing abilities, but one thing you can say – they were far from dormant. For so many years, the Winter Meetings meant little to the apathetic fan base. Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti were there, essentially...
How was your weekend? I bet you ordered a pizza, forced yourself to watch the Army-Navy game on Saturday, got drunk and struck out at the bar. Enter Irina Shayk. She had to remind the world how much better her life is than ours and spent Friday and Saturday catching some rays in Miami Beach.
Who’s got it better than Irina? We’ll tell you who…the guy who is walking hand in hand...
A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent slugger Mark Reynolds.
The person spoke Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the agreement is pending a physical.
The Indians have been in the market for a veteran first baseman. They spoke with Reynolds' agent at the winter meetings last week in Nashville...
Despite what someone may have said in their last article (it was me), the Cleveland Indians may not have given up on Kevin Youkilis. Cleveland is close to finalizing a deal with Mark Reynolds, and Reynolds is expected to be the Indians' everyday starting third baseman. However, Cleveland still has interest in Youkilis.
According to Buster Olney, the Indians are not...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians entered the offseason searching for a right-handed power hitter to bolster their lineup. After striking out at last week's winter meetings, they may have finally connected.
A person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday night the Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent slugger Mark Reynolds. The person spoke on...
The Cleveland Indians filled one of their three gaping offensive holes today by signing former Oriole and Diamondback Mark Reynolds. Reynolds is known for two things, striking out and hitting home runs (in that order). Four of the past five seasons he has lead his league in strike outs while hitting 23 or more home runs each season. Most importantly for the Indians, Reynolds...
Mark Reynolds and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year deal that will pay Reynolds $6 million, ESPN.com reported Sunday. Reynolds' pay could increase to $7,5 million if he reaches certain incentives, according to the report. The 29-year-old Reynolds, who has played third base and first base, hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs for the Orioles in 2012. His best...
Prior to the Winter Meeting talks between the Cleveland Indians and the Arizona Diamondbacks, general manager Chris Antonetti was in talks with the Philadelphia Phillies over a deal that would have sent All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the City of Brotherly Love.
Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that in return, the Phillies would have sent pitcher Vance Worely and several...
The Cleveland Indians have signed Mark Reynolds to a one-year deal worth $6mm, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds the the Indians will put Lonnie Chisenhall at the hot corner which would seem to eliminate them from pursuing Kevin Youkilis.
Reynolds found success after moving to first base from third this last season on the defensive side of the ball...
The Cleveland Indians continue to target free agent
outfielder Nick Swisher, who’s market could be shifting, according to Jim
Bowden of ESPN, and corner infielder Kevin Youkilis, reports Terry Pluto of the
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Indians hoping to sign Nick Swisher for 4yrs $48-$50m...but market shift has him looking for 4yrs $60m
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December...
Ben Revere or Asdrubal Cabrera? According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Phillies were in talks to acquire Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to play third base. They offered the Indians Vance Worley and a prospect (seemingly Trevor May), but Cleveland asked for a little more and the Phillies backed out. From Hoynes:
Before the start of the winter meetings...
In 2012, Asdrubal Cabrera had an average year. He hit .270/.338/.423 with 16 HRs and 68 RBIs. He made his second straight career All-Star Game appearanc. He committed 19 errors, perhaps a little much for a team’s starting shortstop, but not awful. His fielding percentage was his career worst by a point at .971.
Now during this off-season, the Cleveland Indians think it’s a good...