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Indians To Sign Bruce Chen

Feb 17, 2015 9:38 AM

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a Minor League contract with Bruce Chen.

The left-hander can earn $1 million if he makes the team and another $1 million through incentives.

Chen, 37, has a 4.58 lifetime ERA over parts of 16 Major League seasons.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jason Giambi Announces Retirement

Feb 16, 2015 5:17 PM

Jason Giambi, 44, announced his retirement through a statement given to the New York Daily News on Monday.

"After 20 seasons, I have decided to officially announce my retirement as a Major League Baseball player," Giambi wrote. "I really want to thank my wife, Kristian, for going on this journey with me. She's always been my rock. She's always been there for me with support and love, and I really couldn't have done this without her. She's been everything to me, and I don't think I can state in words how much she's meant to me. I love you and thank you."

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Tags: Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.

First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Police Investigate Danny Salazar

Feb 4, 2015 4:36 PM

Danny Salazar is being investigated by the Cleveland Police Department for a sexual assault complaint, according to a report.

The incident is alleged to have taken place Jan. 23, the day before the Cleveland Indians' two-day Tribe Fest at Progressive Field on Jan. 24-25. The website reported that no other details of the case were available at this time.

The Indians said Wednesday in a statement they are aware of the investigation.

"Since this potentially could become a legal matter, we won't have any additional comment at this time," general manager Chris Antonetti said.


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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Indians To Acquire Brandon Moss
It has been reported that the Athletics will receive second base prospect Joe Wendle in return.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

A's Have Multiple Suitors For Moss
The Athletics are actively engaging in trade talks with the Indians on Brandon Moss, according to a source.

Jane Lee/MLB

Indians No Longer Chasing Headley
The Indians inquired about Chase Headley, but they won't sign the third baseman.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Indians Acquire Charles Brewer From D-Backs
The D-Backs had designated Charles Brewer for assignment this past Thursday.

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