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With a handful of quality position players and a starting rotation in shambles, the Cleveland Indians could find themselves at the center of trade talks during the off-season general manager meetings.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Indians, represented by Chris Antonetti, have already begun receiving phone calls on four key players: Justin Masterson, Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez. In response, Antonetti far from slammed the door on any potential firesale:
“I’m not looking to move those guys,” Antonetti said. “But we have to be open-minded.”
Heyman lists the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the big-market New York Yankess among potential suitors for Choo; the Los Angeles Angels would “make sense” for Perez; the Red Sox and Tigers being among the teams interested in Cabrera, though Heyman does state that the shortstop would be tough to trade due to the drop-off to the recently acquired Mike Aviles.
The Indians, needing an outfielder, a starting pitcher and a first baseman, were also the subject of a recent piece by ESPN’s Buster Olney stating that the offloading of these key players would be a recommended move for the future.
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Obviously this entire conversation is based upon the assumption that the Indians will make a trade or two this off-season. It also assumes that at least one of those players traded will be Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera or Chris Perez. If that assumption seems faulty, then read no further. I’ll wait… … Assuming you’re still reading, I think it could end up being a little...
I realized something over the weekend that was mildly surprising.
The Indians were TERRIBLE last season. No, that’s not the thing I realized; but let me finish. They had the worst run differential in the league, despite suffering no major injuries. Their starting rotation was historically bad. Their offense was mediocre at best. Rather than taking a step forward from 2011—a...
Johnny Damon has bounced around in recent years, but he is really venturing out to join his next team.
Damon will play for Thailand as the country attempts to qualify for the World Baseball Classic, Thai Amateur Baseball Association deputy secretary general Chaiyawat Chaiwannajinda told The Nation.
Damon, whose mother is from Thailand, last played for the Cleveland Indians, batting...
Johnny Damon is heading to the World Baseball Classic, but not as a member of the United States.
Instead, he’ll be playing for Thailand as the small Asian country looks to qualify for the 2013 event. While on the surface it might appear that Damon is stretching the rules a bit to find a way to keep playing, a closer look at things reveals that, in fact, Thailand is a pretty fitting...
Born: May 25, 1985
Drafted: 9th Round, 281st Overall, 2006 (Indians)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Kansas State University
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Goedert has been mostly a good hitter in the upper minors, with solid or better power. He had...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have signed infielder Luis Hernandez to a minor league contract and re-signed right-hander Hector Rondon.
Both deals include invitations to spring training.
Hernandez spent most of 2012 with Texas' Triple-A affiliate. The 28-year-old batted .262 with eight homers and 70 RBIs in 129 games. He played 113 games at shortstop and 15 at second...
According to Jon Heyman, the Cleveland Indians are not opposed to trading some of their best players such as Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson and Chris Perez. But the one player on the Indians that the Mets should have on their radar is outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
The Mets are going into the 2013 season with the always hustling but never producing Jason Bay in left, your guess...
The Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in acquiring right-handed starter Justin Masterson and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians, major-league sources said.
It’s not clear how advanced the talks are, but the fit is obvious: The Red Sox have the ability to take on payroll after unloading roughly $250 million in contracts three months ago, and the Indians are...
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On Tuesday afternoon, FOXSports.com baseball writer Jon Morosi wrote in his GM Meetings preview that the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians could strike a deal sometime this offseason since the two teams know each other’s system very well. Later this week, we could know more on whether a trade may happen once the GM [...]
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Making the case FOR trading Asdrubal- “The Indians didn’t acquire Mike Aviles over the weekend in order to trade Asdrubal Cabrera. In fact, when asked if he still envisioned...
There are rumblings of a potential trade between the Red Sox and Indians.
FOXSports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports the Red Sox have shown interest in acquiring starter Justin Masterson –– who started his career in Boston’s farm system –– and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians.
Red Sox manager John Farrell is already familiar with Masterson’s work. As a pitching coach...
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have inquired on a couple of Cleveland's finest: Justin Masterson and Shin-Soo Choo.
As Morosi states, there's a lot of logic in Boston and Cleveland matching up on trades. The Sox finally have a relatively well-stocked farm system, and the Indians probably aren't making a serious run at contending for the next year or...