Cleveland Indians Wiretap

Michael Brantley Hopes 'Bad Days' Are Behind Him

Feb 22, 2017 7:35 AM

Michael Brantley played in just 11 games last season and is making his way back from right shoulder surgery.

"He's had to fight that thought that this injury can win," Jason Kipnis said of his Cleveland Indians' teammate.

Brantley finished third in American League MVP voting in 2014. He has not been cleared to swing at pitches, and there is no timeline on when he will be ready to try to go 100 percent.

"I learned a lot about myself," Brantley said. "You've got to be mentally tough. You're going to have good days and bad days, but just stick to the course, stick to the plan, don't try to do too much too early, and it will all come together in the end."

He said he believes the worst is behind him, but that doesn't mean Brantley isn't aware of his limitations.

"I wouldn't be standing here in front of you if we didn't have a good game plan going forward," he said. "I'm very excited. I know I said it last year. I'm stronger than I was last year. A lot of things are looking positive. It's a week-to-week basis, but things are going on the right foot so far."

Associated Press

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Indians To Take Slow Approach With Kluber

Feb 19, 2017 11:23 PM

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Sunday the team will take a slow approach this spring with Corey Kluber, a workhorse for the Indians last year. Kluber has started the opener the past two seasons, but Francona isn't ready to say whether the right-hander will get the nod on April 3 when the AL champions play at Texas.

"We've told Kluber because we are slowing him down a little bit, if he's not ready for Game 1, we can adjust," Francona said. "And we're more than willing to, because there's a lot at stake over the course of the year. We all know Opening Day is a big deal, but we want him to position himself where he's ready to log as many innings as we need."

ESPN.com

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Indians Won't Rush Michael Brantley Onto Field

Feb 17, 2017 6:20 AM

Michael Brantley only played in 11 games last season, but the Cleveland Indians know they need him if they want to make another trip to the World Series.

Brantley has had two shoulder surgeries since injuring himself while diving to try to catch a triple off the bat of Aaron Hicks against the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 22, 2015. He will not play in the first Cactus League game on Feb. 25, according to Terry Francona and his debut is expected later in the spring.

The outfielder didn't make his spring debut until March 19 last season. Two days later his shoulder started to hurt and that was pretty much it for the remainder of the year.

"You can have a great process and a bad outcome," Chris Antonetti said. "I think that's what probably happened last year. Michael, our medical staff, all the doctors were incredibly thoughtful and diligent going through rehab process.

"Michael's body just didn't respond so we needed to make an adjustment."

The Indians won't unveil Brantley in 2017 until they're convinced his shoulder is as close to perfection as possible.

"We're going to do it right so he can have his best chance at being successful," said Francona.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Indians Hire Grady Sizemore As Front Office Advisor

Feb 15, 2017 6:13 AM

The Cleveland Indians have hired Grady Sizemore as an advisor to their player development staff.

Sizemore, 34, reached out to Chris Antonetti over the winter to gauge what type of opportunities were available with the team, according to the report.

If Sizemore's playing career is over, he finishes with a .265/.349/.457 batting line, 150 homers and 143 steals through 1,101 games and 4,724 plate appearances.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

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Indians Have Interest In Chase Utley

Feb 9, 2017 7:51 AM

The Cleveland Indians have interest in Chase Utley, according to a report.

There are believed to be other clubs in the mix to sign Utley, who doesn't have a clear path to playing time in Cleveland with Jason Kipnis the starter at second base.

Cleveland also has Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana at first base/designated hitter, further complicating the idea of significant playing time for Utley.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Indians, Boone Logan Agree To $5.5M Deal

Feb 3, 2017 7:48 AM

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Boone Logan, according to sources.

The deal carries a $1 million buyout and a club option for 2018.

Logan, 32, was 2-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 66 appearances for the Colorado Rockies last season.

ESPN

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Wily Mo Pena Signs With Indians

Feb 1, 2017 10:25 AM

Wily Mo Pena, who hasn't appeared in a Major League game since 2011, has signed a Minor League deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to a report.

Pena will earn $700,000 if he makes the Major League roster.

The Dominican Republic native has spent the last several years playing in Japan.

ESPN

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Indians Acquire Carlos Frias From Dodgers For Cash

Jan 31, 2017 8:03 AM

The Cleveland Indians have acquired Carlos Frias from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash.

Frias has gone 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 33 games over the past three seasons for the Dodgers.

He was limited to 47⅓ innings last season for the Dodgers, Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa after making two trips to the disabled list with an oblique injury.

Associated Press

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Indians Working On Solution To Chief Wahoo Logo

Jan 30, 2017 7:58 AM

Rob Manfred and Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan have discussed possible solutions to the team's controversial Chief Wahoo logo.

Manfred and Dolan have had multiple meetings on the subject, including one on Friday that included minority owner John Sherman before the team announced it will host the 2019 All-Star Game at Progressive Field.

The club has come under increased pressure to permanently remove the red-faced, smiling logo. The caricature of a Native American has been labeled offensive and racially insensitive.

"I'm not going to speculate about what I want the end of the process to be," Manfred said. "I think that Paul has been fantastic about engaging in conversations. I want those conversations to continue, and I think we'll produce a result that will be good for the Indians and good for baseball. What exactly that is, I don't want to speculate right now."

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Indians Will Host 2019 All-Star Game

Jan 27, 2017 7:47 AM

The Cleveland Indians will host the 2019 All-Star Game at Progressive Field, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The team will hold a news conference Friday to formally announce the event, which was last held in Cleveland in 1997.

The city also hosted the game in 1935, 1954, 1963 and 1981 at Municipal Stadium, which was torn down in the 1990s.

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Austin Jackson Agrees To Minors Deal With Indians
Austin Jackson signed with the White Sox last offseason, but played less than three months before having season-ending knee surgery.

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Andy Marte Dies In Car Crash In Dominican Republic
According to Baseball America, Andy Marte was playing winter league baseball for Las Aguilas Cibaenas.

ESPN.com

Terry Francona Didn't Think Indians Had Chance To Sign Encarnacion
Terry Francona didn't think the Indians had a chance to sign Edwin Encarnacion when the slugger become a free agent this offseason.

Associated Press

Edwin Encarnacion: Indians Have 'Best Chance' To Win World Series
Edwin Encarnacion officially joined the Indians on a three-year deal on Thursday.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Edwin Encarnacion, Indians Likely To Finalize Deal This Week
The two sides reportedly agreed to terms on Dec. 22, but have yet to formally announce the deal.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Edwin Encarnacion Received Two Offers From Athletics
Before signing with the Indians, Edwin Encarnacion received a pair of contract offers from the Athletics.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Edwin Encarnacion Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Indians
Edwin Encarnacion has agreed to sign with the Indians on a three-year deal worth approximately $20 million per season.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion
While it appears as though the Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Chris Colabello Signs Minors Deal With Indians
Chris Colabello served an 80-game suspension last season for a performance-enhancing drug violation.

ESPN

Indians Have Made Offers To Right-Handed Bats
Options for the Indians include Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli, Chris Carter, Mark Trumbo and Mark Reynolds.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Edwin Encarnacion Discussing Deal With Several Teams
Edwin Encarnacion is focused on a long-term deal and is discussing options with several teams.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Indians Continue To Phase Out Chief Wahoo Logo
The Indians will now use their red block C hats with their blue jerseys.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

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.

MLB.com