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Indians Injury Update: Giovanny Urshela will not need surgery on knee

The Cleveland Indians finished third in the American League Central with 85 wins in 2014. Looking forward the Indians, who were slightly above the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA, need only to tweak the roster to contend next season. One player the Indians could count on in the near future is prospect Giovanny Urshela, who is dealing with a knee problem which cost...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kluber wins Feller Man of the Year Award

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has named AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber as the Bob Feller Man of the Year. It is the third straight year a pitcher has been honored as the Indians Most Valuable Player. Vinnie Pestano won it in 2012 and Justin Masterson in '13. Kluber, who went 18-9 with a 2.44 earned run average, is the fourth Cy...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Getting to Know the Tribe’s 40-Man Additions

The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday the addition of five minor league prospects to the organization’s 40-man roster, protecting them from inclusion in the Major League portion of December’s Rule 5 draft. Such moves may seem inconsequential, given the difficulties presented for claiming clubs to keep selected prospects on the Major League roster for the duration of the...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stanton-Size Contract Not Something the Indians Should Consider

Let’s get this out of the way right out of the chute. The Cleveland Indians are not going to be throwing $300 million-plus at any one player any time soon, nor should they. When the Miami Marlins signed their superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year, $325 million deal, with a team option for a 14th season at $25 million, it was the richest contract in North American...

Cleveland Indians rumors: solving the right field puzzle

After signing free agent right fielder David Murphy to a two-year contract last November, the Cleveland Indians were confident that they would have a solid platoon in right field with left-handed David Murphy on board and right-handed Ryan Raburn returning after earning a two-year contract extension last August. Murphy was a nice buy-low option for the Indians, batting just .220...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians announce 2015 spring training schedule

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians on Friday announced their schedule for 2015 Cactus League play in Arizona, a schedule that opens with three games against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. The Tribe will play 16 games as the home team at Goodyear Ballpark, plus an additional three games there against the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians will play two home night games, March...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Nick Swisher Done?

Can Nick Swisher bounce back and help in 2015?
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Spotlight: A deeper look into the 40-man additions

The Indians made their annual offseason 40-man roster adds on Thursday adding five players from their player development system in advance of the midnight roster deadline. Here are the thoughts from the IBI's Tony Lastoria on the decisions the Indians made to add those five players, a look at why each was added, who they left off that they may be most at risk of losing in the...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians announce plans for Tribe Fest 2015

Cleveland, OH -- The Cleveland Indians on Thursday announced details for Tribe Fest 2015, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 24 and 25. The third annual event will feature Silver Slugger Award winner Yan Gomes, Cody Allen, Carlos Carrasco, Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles, Trevor Bauer, Michael Bourn, Lonnie Chisenhall, TJ House, Roberto Perez, Jose...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians announce Tribe Fest 2015

The Cleveland Indians have announced details for Tribe Fest 2015, to be held at Progressive Field on January 24 and 25. The annual fan-centric event — the third bearing the Tribe Fest name — will offer the opportunity for Indians supporters to meet and get autographs from current players as well as Tribe alumni. From the press release: The third annual event will feature Silver...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona's reaction to a player's 'double dare' is priceless

Major League Baseball players have been over in Japan for the MLB Japan All-Star Series -- and plenty of fun has been had from Carlos Santana dressing like a samurai to Yasiel Puig embracing the culture. But the in-flight shenanigans involving Los Angeles Angels pitcher Hector Santiago and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona may be the funniest item to surface yet. Santiago...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians add five minor leaguers to 40-man roster

Each November, Major League Baseball teams are faced with the difficult task of protecting certain players from the consequences of the Rule 5 draft. On Thursday, the Cleveland Indians were one of the first teams to announce their protected players. In total, the Indians are protecting five prized minor leagues by adding them to their official 40-man roster. The five players are...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why a Nick Swisher trade will not actually benefit Cleveland

Nick Swisher is a big name going around the hot stove lately, with reports out that Cleveland could be looking to move the soon-to-be 34-year-old in a bad contract-for-bad contract swap. But while many seem ready to move on from Swisher, such a trade may be premature. There is no denying the 2014 version of Swisher was one of the worst regular players in baseball. Following a decent...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians sign Marcum, Molleken to minor league deals

On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians signed right-handed pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor league contracts with invites to Major League spring training camp. The Indians are looking to add inexpensive and flexible starting pitching depth this offseason and Marcum fits that bill. The 32-year old originally signed last offseason and was recovering from right shoulder...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians prospect Giovany Urshela injures knee in winter ball

Giovany Urshela was one of the surprise prospects in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2014. The third baseman appeared to have an outside shot for a possible major league roster spot next season. But an injured knee in the Venezuelan Winter League could cast that in serious doubt. Urshela, a 23-year-old native of Colombia, injured his knee running the bases on Saturday. An MRI...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 18, 1998

Cleveland and Pittsburgh pair up on a swap, as the Indians send young outfielder Brian Giles to the Pirates for reliever Ricardo Rincon. Giles, who had spent parts of four seasons in the Tribe outfield, would explode onto the scene at Three Rivers Stadium, slugging four consecutive 30+ home run seasons, including a career-high 39 in 1999 while batting .315. He repeated his stellar...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Injury Update: Prospect Giovanny Urshela dealing with knee problem

The Cleveland Indians finished third in the American League Central with 85 wins in 2014. Looking forward the Indians, who were slightly above the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA, need only to tweak the roster to contend next season. One player the Indians could count on in the near future is prospect Giovanny Urshela, who is dealing with a knee problem and could miss...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Corey Kluber deserve the AL Cy Young?

Prior to 2007, only Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry won the AL Cy Young while wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform. This past Wednesday, Corey Kluber became the third pitcher for the Tribe in the last eight seasons to take home that honor. Lefties CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee won the award in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Just like with Lee in 2008, Kluber emerging to win the Cy Young was...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Seven Little Piggies: The Indians AFL Results

The short season of the Arizona Fall League has come to a close as it gets cold everywhere, even in the desert. This season, the Cleveland Indians changed affiliate clubs from the Surprise Saguaros to the Peoria Javelinas, although they kept the same home field in Surprise (the Spring Training home of the Rangers and Royals). Along with the Indians, the Javelinas were made of players...
Via Burning River Baseball
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rule Five Risks & Rewards

The current Cleveland Indians 40 man roster sits at 35 men and while that may seem like extra room for free agents, at the moment, those spots should be reserved for the Rule 5 draft. On November 20th, all rosters in Major League Baseball need to be set for the draft which will occur during the Winter Meetings during the second week of December. While the Indians have generally been...
Via Burning River Baseball
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber earns AL Cy Young

It was a tale of two 28-year-olds, but did you know who Corey Kluber was before the 2014 season began? Surely everyone knew his competition in Seattle, but unless you’re an Indians fan or follow baseball closely, perhaps not. Wednesday night the Birmingham native hopefully became a household name after capturing the 2014 American League Cy Young Award. Though he was strong down...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
10 days ago  |  Discuss

What To Do About Rzepczynski & Shaw

While the Indians entire roster could be set going into 2015 by simply keeping all those currently under contract around, this is likely not the greatest way to improve the team for another attempt at winning the World Series. Two players in interesting situations this off-season are Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw. Both pitchers are entering arbitration (Rzepczynski his second year...
Via Burning River Baseball
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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