Cleveland Indians Wiretap

Indians Place Michael Brantley On DL

May 14, 2016 1:35 PM

The Indians placed star left fielder Michael Brantley on the 15-day disabled list Saturday -- retroactive to May 10 -- because Brantley is still having issues with his surgically repaired shoulder. This is Brantley's second trip to the DL this season.

Brantley has been bothered by inflammation and fatigue in his shoulder, which he injured late last season while trying to make a diving catch in Minnesota. He had surgery in November.

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Indians Trade Anthony Recker To Braves

May 9, 2016 4:33 PM

The Atlanta Braves have acquired Anthony Recker from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

Recker, a former New York Mets catcher, will report to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Indians Expect Carrasco To Go On DL

Apr 24, 2016 6:58 PM

Cleveland manager Terry Francona would normally be happy with a sweep in Detroit, but he had more pressing matters on his mind Sunday afternoon.

The Indians lost starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco to a hamstring injury in the third inning during a 6-3 win Sunday over the Tigers, and the prognosis doesn't look great.

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Michael Brantley To Begin Rehab Assignment

Apr 11, 2016 4:42 PM

Michael Brantley is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.

Brantley will likely need a handful of games before potentially being cleared for activation from the 15-day disabled list.

"He's one of the best hitters in the game," Terry Francona said last week. "It'll be great to have him back. When you add a hitter to your lineup, it's amazing. It's more than just one hitter. It seems to help everybody in front and behind, too."

Brantley hasn't played in a game since March 21. He complained of shoulder soreness soon after and the Indians shut him down from hitting activities for roughly a week before gradually building up the volume and intensity of his workouts.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

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Cubs Acquire Giovanni Soto From Indians

Apr 11, 2016 4:31 PM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Giovanni Soto from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

The Indians designated Soto for assignment last week.

Chicago had space on their 40-man roster after placing Kyle Schwarber on the 60-day disabled list.

Soto, 24, was a 24th-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2009.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Rangers, Indians Discussing Reliever-For-Starter Trades

Apr 1, 2016 8:16 AM

The Texas Rangers have yet to name their No. 5 starter as they work through potential trade scenarios.

Texas has discussed potential trades with the Cleveland Indians that would send out a reliever in exchange for a starter.

It seems as though Cody Anderson, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer might be in play.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Indians Send Trevor Bauer To Bullpen

Mar 30, 2016 4:49 PM

The Cleveland Indians are moving Trevor Bauer to the bullpen.

Bauer made 30 starts for the Indians last season and was projected to be a member of the rotation once again.

Terry Francona named Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin the club's No. 4 and No. 5 starters behind Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.

"We still expect all six guys to make a lot of meaningful starts," Chris Antonetti said. "We used 11 starting pitchers last year. There are pitchers beyond these six that will make meaningful starts. To start the season, this was the way we felt was best for the team. Building on the success that Josh and Cody both had in the second half of the season, and what they were able to carry forward in the off season and spring, really led us down this path.

"It was a difficult decision, but the way we look at it is that we are in a pretty good spot to have six starters we feel so good about."

Associated Press

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Michael Brantley Won't Be Ready For Opening Day

Mar 28, 2016 6:55 AM

Michael Brantley will not be in the lineup for the Cleveland Indians on opening day despite making major progress following offseason shoulder surgery.

Brantley had targeted the April 4 opener against the Boston Red Sox as his return date, but Terry Francona said Sunday that he is not quite ready and will not be in left field on opening day.

"We will let this thing calm down a little bit, then ramp him back up," Francona said. "He's not going to start the season with us as our starting left fielder. He will certainly travel with us. So if that's the case, let's give him a chance to be healthy for the whole year."

Brantley, who underwent surgery in November, reported some soreness in his right shoulder after playing in only two exhibition games.

He hit .310/.379/.480 with 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 529 at-bats last season.

Associated Press

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Joba Chamberlain Makes Indians' Roster

Mar 26, 2016 3:11 PM

Joba Chamberlain has made the Cleveland Indians as a non-roster invitee.

"He accepted the challenge," Terry Francona said Saturday. "He came out in January and been a teammate since Day 1. He has really thrown the ball well this spring. He likes to compete and wants to win. Joba will be a real valuable piece."

In eight innings this spring, Chamberlain has given up seven hits and three runs. He walked five and struck out seven and has an ERA of 3.38.

Chamberlain spent last season with Detroit, Toronto and Kansas City. 


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Indians Exploring Trade Market For Outfielders

Mar 22, 2016 7:52 AM

The Cleveland Indians are still searching for possible outfield help via trade.

A deal may seem unlikely at this point, but the Indians are exploring all means to upgrade an outfield unit that enters the 2016 season with question marks.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Indians Prospect Hits 108 MPH During Drill
Indians prospect Casey Weathers, 30, hit 107.8 mph on a radar gun during a pitching drill.

Lindsay Berra/MLB

Indians Sign Marlon Byrd To Minor League Deal
Marlon Byrd will earn $1 million if he makes the Major League roster and can make more through incentives.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Indians Had Interest In Justin Morneau
The Indians have interest in Justin Morneau prior to signing Mike Napoli.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tyler Naquin May Start In Center Field For Indians
With Michael Brantley expected to miss the first month of the season, Tyler Naquin is vying to be the starting center fielder for the Indians on Opening Day.

Ryan Lewis/Akron Beacon Journal

Cleveland's Abraham Almonte Suspended 80 Games
Abraham Almonte has been suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone.


Indians, Juan Uribe Agree To $5M Deal
The 36-year-old may not join the club immediately because of visa issues, according to Buster Olney.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Indians Sign Craig Stammen To Minors Deal
Stammen, 31, missed nearly the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right flexor tendon back in April.


Indians Interested In Juan Uribe
The Indians are looking for a third baseman and continue to target Juan Uribe, according to a report.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Indians Agree To Two-Year Deal With Josh Tomlin
Josh Tomlin will receive a $5.5 million guarantee and the deal includes a team option for a third season.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Scott Atchison Retires, Joins Cleveland's Staff
Scott Atchison will function in a variety of roles as a "Major League advance coach and staff assistant," writes Jordan Bastian of

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Mike Napoli Feels He Has Something To Prove With Indians
Mike Napoli has finalized his one-year, $7 million deal with the Indians.

Associated Press

Indians Sign Ross Detwiler To Minor League Deal
The Indians have signed Ross Detwiler to a Minor League contract with an invitation to spring training.

Associated Press

Indians To Sign Rajai Davis
The Indians have reached an agreement on a one-year, $5.25 million deal with Rajai Davis.

Zach Links/MLB Trade Rumors

Indians, Mike Napoli Agree To One-Year, $7M Deal
Mike Napoli's deal includes $3 million in performance bonuses.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Reds 'Heavily' Shopping Todd Frazier
The most extensive interest in Frazier is coming from the American League Central, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Indians Likely View Corey Kluber As Untouchable
There has been a lot of talk about the Indians trading a starting pitcher this month, but it appears as though Corey Kluber may be considered untouchable.

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Indians, Reds Have Discussed Todd Frazier
Cincinnati has traded away a number of veteran over the last year and all indications are that they will continue to listen to offers.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Indians, Tigers, White Sox Interested In Trading For Brett Lawrie
The Indians, Tigers and White Sox are interested in trading for Brett Lawrie, who has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Athletics re-acquired Jed Lowrie.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Joba Chamberlain Signs With Indians
Joba Chamberlain has an odd history with the Indians.


Indians Showing Most Interest In Shane Victorino
Cleveland offered Victorino, 35, a four-year contract prior to the 2013 season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI