Cleveland Indians Wiretap

Edwin Encarnacion: Indians Have 'Best Chance' To Win World Series

Jan 6, 2017 7:06 AM

Edwin Encarnacion officially joined the Cleveland Indians on a three-year deal on Thursday.

"Here we go. We're here," the slugger said. "Everybody knows that Cleveland has one of the best teams in the American League and the best chance to win the World Series. So I'm happy to be here."

Encarnacion was on the losing end of the ALCS with the Toronto Blue Jays this past fall as the Indians punched a ticket to the World Series.

"There were a lot of twists and turns," Chris Antonetti said. "Quite frankly, at the start of the offseason, we didn't think that this would be possible because of the economic commitment that it would take to sign Edwin."

Encarnacion's deal with the Indians is worth $60 million in guaranteed salary, which includes a $5 million buyout for a $25 million team option for the 2020 season.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

Edwin Encarnacion, Indians Likely To Finalize Deal This Week

Jan 3, 2017 6:57 AM

The Cleveland Indians are expected to finalize their contract agreement with Edwin Encarnacion this week.

The two sides reportedly agreed to terms on Dec. 22, but have yet to formally announce the deal.

Encarnacion, 33, is expected to take a physical in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Edwin Encarnacion Received Two Offers From Athletics

Dec 29, 2016 7:13 AM

Before signing with the Cleveland Indians, Edwin Encarnacion received a pair of contract offers from the Oakland Athletics.

One offer was a two-year, $50 million contract, while the second would have included a third-year option in exchange for an opt-out clause.

Oakland's offers are believed to have pushed the Indians to increase their own offer.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Edwin Encarnacion Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Indians

Dec 22, 2016 8:54 PM

Edwin Encarnacion has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Indians on a three-year deal worth approximately $20 million per season. The deal will also contain an option for a fourth season.

Encarnacion, who turns 34 in January, had an .886 OPS in 702 plate appearances last season with the Toronto Blue Jays. Encarnacion had previously posted an OPS of .900 or better in every season since 2012. 

Toronto previously signed Kendrys Morales in the offseason and had reportedly offered a four-year, $80 million deal.

The Oakland A's were also involved in pursuing Encarnacion in the final stretch of talks.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion

Dec 22, 2016 7:52 AM

While it appears as though the Toronto Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

The Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins have all been linked to Encarnacion to some degree.

All of the offers Encarnacion has received are believed to be for multiple years, while some include opt-outs after the 2017 season.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross

Dec 21, 2016 7:34 AM

Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Roughly 20 clubs are interested in Ross, according to Jon Heyman, who lists the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians as suitors.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Chris Colabello Signs Minors Deal With Indians

Dec 20, 2016 3:15 PM

The Cleveland Indians have signed Chris Colabello to a minor league contract.

Colabello, who received a non-roster invitation to spring training, served an 80-game suspension last season for a performance-enhancing drug violation.

He hit .321 for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.


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

Indians Have Made Offers To Right-Handed Bats

Dec 20, 2016 7:29 AM

The Cleveland Indians want to add a big right-handed bat for the middle of the lineup and have been making contract offers this winter.

Options for the Indians include Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli, Chris Carter, Mark Trumbo and Mark Reynolds.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Edwin Encarnacion Discussing Deal With Several Teams

Dec 19, 2016 7:56 AM

Edwin Encarnacion is focused on a long-term deal and is discussing options with several teams.

The Cleveland Indians have been linked to Encarnacion, but they would prefer to sign him to a shorter deal.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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

Indians Continue To Phase Out Chief Wahoo Logo

Dec 14, 2016 10:03 AM

The Cleveland Indians continue to phase out the Chief Wahoo logo.

The Indians will now use their red block C hats with their blue jerseys.

"Clubhouse manager Tony Amato said the Indians won't have an alternative jersey until 2018 after retiring the cream jerseys last season. They will, however, retain the red caps from the cream uniforms and wear them with their blue tops at home in 2017," writes Paul Hoynes.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Resume Contract Talks With Jose Bautista
The Blue Jays have resumed talks with Jose Bautista on a potential contract, according to numerous reports.

Hazel Mae/SportsNet

Indians Made Run At Signing Carlos Beltran
The Indians made a run at signing Carlos Beltran, but ultimately weren't able to compete with the one-year, $16 million deal he received from the Astros.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Indians, Rangers, Red Sox Looking At Reunion With Mike Napoli
Several clubs have interest in Mike Napoli this offseason and all have employed him in the past.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Terry Francona, Dave Roberts Named Managers Of The Year
Terry Francona and Dave Roberts were named Manager of the Year in the American and National League, respectively, on Tuesday.

RealGM Staff Report

MLB To Destroy Indians World Series Merchandise
Major League Baseball will not donate the Indians World Series championship merchandise that was made in the event the team won.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Indians Don't Extend Qualifying Offers To Rajai Davis, Mike Napoli
Rajai Davis and Mike Napoli did not receive a qualifying offer from the Indians before Monday's deadline.

Associated Press

Indians Decline Coco Crisp's $13M Option
Coco Crisp will receive a $750,000 buyout before becoming a free agent on Tuesday.

Indians Exercise Options For Manager Terry Francona
The Indians have locked up manager Terry Francona through the 2020 season.

Terry Francona: Indians 'Tried Until There Was Nothing Left'
Cleveland's World Series drought of 68 years is baseball's longest.


Cubs Win First World Series Since 1908
The Cubs outlasted the Indians 8-7 in an epic Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Maddon: Admits Leaving Chapman In Too Long In Game 6
Joe Maddon feels he can get 30-40 pitches out of Aroldis Chapman in Game 7.

Money Leaning On Cubs Winning In Las Vegas
A $40,000 bet on the Indians was placed Wednesday at MGM's sports book in Las Vegas.

Indians Tweak Outfield For Game 7
The Indians have decided to start Rajai Davis in center field for Game 7 of the World Series.

Corey Kluber Attempts To Win Three World Series Starts
The Tigers' Mickey Lolich won three World Series starts back in 1968.

Resale Market For Game 7 Tickets Explodes
Chicago fans feel the need to be in Cleveland for Game 7 and perhaps celebrate the team's first World Series title in 108 years.

Joe Maddon Defends Using Aroldis Chapman In 7th Inning
Cubs manager Joe Maddon took no chances on Tuesday night, using his closer Aroldis Chapman in the seventh inning, holding a 7-2 lead at the time.

Bryant, Russell, Cubs Beat Indians To Force Game 7
The Cubs defeated the Indians by the score of 9-3 on Tuesday night behind a record-tying six RBIs from shortstop Addison Russell.

Cubs To Bat Kyle Schwarber Second In Game 6
Kyle Schwarber's return to the lineup will push Kris Bryant to third in the batting order.

Cubs To Go With Wilson Contreras Behind The Plate
Wilson Contreras will catch Jake Arrieta in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Cubs Beat Indians To Stay Alive In Series
The Cubs beat the Indians 3-2 on Sunday night in Game 5 to cut their deficit to 3-2 in the World Series.