Cleveland Indians Wiretap

Indians Have Wiggle Room To Increase Payroll

Jan 26, 2015 7:23 AM

The Cleveland Indians are expected to operate with a payroll in the $83-84 million range this season.

They have been quiet thus far, signing Gavin Floyd for $4 million plus incentives and trading for Brandon Moss ($6.5 million via arbitration).

"There is," president Mark Shapiro said of wiggle room. "We do look at opportunities on an individual basis. We try not to be encumbered at all by what payroll is and salaries are. Is there a way for us to creatively handle it? We're not talking about [Max] Scherzer, but [about] how we feel and [what] the level of impact of some player is -- and [we] measure it in wins, whether it is now, July or August.

"Can we stretch and allot for money? The appendix to that is, what kills deals 95 percent of the time is not payroll, but player asks. Salary is not usually where it stops, but player asks."

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Longtime Executive Hank Peters Dies At 90

Jan 4, 2015 6:00 PM

Hank Peters helped build championship baseball in Baltimore and revive the sport in Cleveland.

A longtime executive who began his career after serving in World War II, Peters died on Sunday of complications from a recent stroke. He was 90, according to an report.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Looking At Rasmus, Swisher

Dec 30, 2014 9:20 AM

The Baltimore Orioles need help in the outfield and have been linked to Colby Rasmus and Nick Swisher.

Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis both departed via free agency.

Rasmus is a free agent and could replace Markakis.

The Cleveland Indians are reportedly shopping Swisher following the acquistion of Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Indians, Manship Agree To Minors Deal

Dec 29, 2014 8:30 AM

The Cleveland Indians have signed Jeff Manship to a Minor League contract, according to reports.

The 29-year-old spent time with the Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies during the 2014 season.

In 139 1/3 career innings, Manship has a 6.46 ERA.

William Boor/MLB

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jason Kipnis Has Finger Surgery

Dec 18, 2014 10:18 AM

Jason Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger, an injury he sustained while working out with weights in Chicago.

Kipnis was examined over the weekend by team medical personnel and his operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Indians head trainer James Quinlan expects Kipnis to be on the field when spring training opens in Goodyear, Arizona on Feb. 18. Quinlan said Kipnis should be able to run, field and throw, but that it may be a while before he can hit.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury

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Indians Sign Gavin Floyd

Dec 16, 2014 9:05 PM

The Cleveland Indians have signed Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Floyd, 31, broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball last June. He had surgery and couldn't resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Indians To Acquire Brandon Moss

Dec 8, 2014 1:05 PM

The Cleveland Indians will acquire Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics.

It has been reported that the Athletics will receive second base prospect Joe Wendle in return.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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A's Have Multiple Suitors For Moss

Dec 4, 2014 9:53 AM

The Oakland Athletics are actively engaging in trade talks with the Cleveland Indians on Brandon Moss, according to a source.

Another source indicated that other teams have inquired about Moss, but nothing is imminent.

The 31-year-old is expected to make around $7 million in 2015.

Jane Lee/MLB

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Indians No Longer Chasing Headley

Nov 26, 2014 3:08 PM

The Cleveland Indians inquired about Chase Headley, but they won't sign the third baseman.

Headley will be too expensive for the Indians and they have Lonnie Chisenhall at the position.

Cleveland isn't expected to be a player in the free agent market.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Indians Acquire Charles Brewer From D-Backs

Nov 23, 2014 12:14 PM

The Indians added one pitcher to their roster Sunday and removed another, acquiring right-hander Charles Brewer from the D-Backs in exchange for cash considerations and designating left-hander Scott Barnes for assignment, according to an report.

Brewer was Arizona's 12th-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of UCLA and saw his only major league action in 2013, making four relief appearances.

Brewer, 26, split this past season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno, making 29 starts overall.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Indians Exploring Swisher Trades
The Indians are exploring a number of trade options, including deals in which they could move Nick Swisher and the $30 million remaining on his deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Multiple Teams Interested In Masterson
Justin Masterson is coming off a disappointing season in which injuries were an issue, but he is still drawing interest.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Indians Consider Bringing Back Masterson
The Indians have talked about bringing back Justin Masterson, who they traded to the Cardinals in July.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.


Indians Sign Francona To Extension Through 2018
The Indians have agreed to a two-year contract extension with Terry Francona.


Aviles Has Option Picked Up By Indians
The Indians have exercised their $3.5 million option on Mike Aviles for next season.

Associated Press

Pirates Acquire Justin Sellers From Indians For Cash
The Pirates have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.

Press Release

Indians Expected To Exercise $3.5M Option On Aviles
The Indians are expected to exercise the $3.5 million club option they hold on Mike Aviles for 2015.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Rangers Want Manager In Mold Of Francona, Hurdle
Texas is expected to reduce their list of candidates to three names this week.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Jason Giambi Undecided On Future
Jason Giambi isn't sure if he'll return for the 20th Major League season.

Associated Press

Jason Giambi Unsure About Another Season
Jason Giambi isn't sure about extending his major league baseball career.

Kipnis Admits To Pressing Early Following Extension
Jason Kipnis signed a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Indians in April that placed pressure on him entering the season.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Indians Sign Russell Branyan
Branyan has spent the 2014 season with los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and has slashed a robust .296/.423/.620 with 19 home runs in 272 plate appearances.


Yankees Acquire Outman From Indians
New York added the left-handed specialist for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Yan Gomes Out Indefinitely With Concussion
Yan Gomes has been diagnosed with a concussion and there's no timetable for when he'll return to the Cleveland Indians.

Associated Press

Indians Sign Scott Atchison Through 2015
Atchison, 38, has been a major contributor out of Cleveland's bullpen this season, going 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances.

Associated Press

Indians Activate Bourn From Disabled List
Michael Bourn had been sidelined with a left hamstring injury since July 6.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Pirates To Acquire John Axford
Axford, 31, joined Cleveland on a one-year, $4.5 million contract before the 2014 season.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Progressive Field's Capacity To Be Reduced By 5,000
The Indians are making extensive renovations to 20-year-old Progressive Field.

Associated Press

Senator Urges Indians To Change Name, Mascot
Ohio senator Eric Kearney, a Democrat from Cincinnati, is urging the Cleveland Indians to change both their name and mascot.

Associated Press