Cleveland Indians Wiretap

Francisco Lindor Says Extension Talks Are 'In The Past'

Apr 22, 2017 1:41 AM

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor addressed a report Friday that he had turned down an extension in the $100 million range, saying talks between him and the team are "in the past."

"I'm just focusing on playing the game," Lindor told reporters Friday, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Whatever is going to happen is going to happen."

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

Miguel Cabrera, Terry Francona Have Shouting Match

Apr 15, 2017 11:47 AM

Miguel Cabrera got angry Friday night. And that was bad news for the Indians.

Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning after being brushed back in the first, and the Tigers beat Cleveland 7-6, sending the defending AL champion Indians to their sixth loss in seven games.

The first-inning incident resulted in a shouting match between Cabrera and Indians manager Terry Francona following an inside pitch from Trevor Bauer. Cabrera yelled and gestured toward Cleveland's dugout after the pitch.

"It was an argument between Francona and me, and that's it," Cabrera said. "No one else. He made his point, I made my point. It was just Francona and me. I say something bad, he said something back to me."

Said Francona: "I'm not really sure what he wanted me to do. I'm not going to run down the steps and hide. I just told him to hit -- and he did."

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Rob Manfred Pressuring Indians To Get Rid Of Chief Wahoo Logo

Apr 13, 2017 7:52 AM

Rob Manfred is putting some pressure on the Cleveland Indians to get rid of their Chief Wahoo logo.

The logo has sparked debate for years and Manfred has been in talks with owner Paul Dolan about abolishing it.

Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said in a statement that league officials are confident about reaching a positive resolution.

"Thus far, there have been productive discussions with the Cleveland Indians regarding the Commissioner's desire to transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo," Courtney said. "We have specific steps in an identified process and are making progress."

Bob DiBiasio, Cleveland's senior vice president for public affairs, said Dolan and Manfred have had ongoing dialogue since the World Series last year.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

Indians Plan To Explore Extension With Carlos Santana

Apr 7, 2017 6:55 AM

The Cleveland Indians plan to explore a contract extension with Carlos Santana in an attempt to keep him from becoming a free agent after this season.

The Indians recently agreed to long-term deals with Jose Ramirez and Roberto Perez, while also making an attempt to lock up Francisco Lindor.

Since the start of the 2011 season, Santana has averaged 153 games and 654 plate appearances per season. His initial contract was a five-year, $21 million deal.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Blister Won't Stop Corey Kluber From Making Next Start

Apr 5, 2017 7:11 AM

Corey Kluber will start for the Cleveland Indians on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks despite dealing with a blister on his pitching hand on Opening Day.

"I don't think it's a big thing," Terry Francona said. "I'm sure it didn't help him last night. They do a lot of good stuff in the training room now."

Kluber allowed five runs in the first three innings. He said after that a callus broke open and it took him a while to adjust to pitching with it.

Chuck Crow/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

Indians Sign Roberto Perez To Four-Year Extension

Apr 2, 2017 1:25 PM

The Cleveland Indians have signed Roberto Perez to a four-year, $9 million contract extension.

The pact includes team options for 2011 and '12.

Perez will make $550,000 in 2017, $1.5 million in 2018, $2.5 million in 2019 and $3.5 million in 2020. The options are for $5.5 million and $7 million, respectively, and come with $450,000 buyouts.

The 28-year-old catcher hit .183/.285/.294 with three home runs in 184 plate appearances for the American League Champion Indians in 2016.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Las Vegas Oddsmakers Predict Cubs To Win World Series

Apr 1, 2017 10:09 PM

The Cubs have already broken the curse and won a World Series.

Now, oddsmakers in Las Vegas predict the team will become only the third in almost 40 years to win it a second straight time.

The city's sportsbooks like the team to win it all, with some making the Cubs a 7-2 favorite. Other favorites are the Indians, Red Sox and Dodgers.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Adrian Beltre To Begin Season On DL

Apr 1, 2017 10:05 PM

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will start the season on the disabled list due to a calf injury he battled during spring training.

Beltre will go on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, retroactive to Thursday.

The 37-year-old said earlier this week that he hoped to be ready for Opening Day, but lingering soreness in the calf will prevent that. The Rangers open the season at home Monday against the Indians.

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

Yandy Diaz Makes Indians' Opening Day Roster

Mar 31, 2017 7:57 AM

Yandy Diaz has made the Opening Day roster of the Cleveland Indians after he was expected to begin the season in the Minor Leagues.

Diaz, 25, could start at third base with Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall starting the season on the disabled list. He hit .325 in 95 games at Triple-A Columbus last season.

"Yandy's spring training was terrific. I think we all agree. If you look at Yandy's last year, we were trying to figure out a place for his bat," Terry Francona said. "That's why he was going to the outfield. It's not a kid who got 45 at-bats and never hit. He has been a good hitter and he's becoming a better hitter."

Associated Press

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Jury Rules Indians Not Responsible For Fan Blinded By Ball

Mar 27, 2017 6:06 PM

A jury says the Cleveland Indians aren't responsible for injuries to a New York man hit by a foul ball and blinded in one eye at a baseball game in July 2012. reports the decision late last week in a Cleveland-area county court means Keith Rawlins, of Rochester, gets no money from his lawsuit against the team.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Legal, Misc Rumor

Son Of Indians GM Reveals Lindor's Deal On Radio
Six-year old Brody Chernoff said "he's trying to get, um, Lindor to play seven more years."

Indians, Jose Ramirez Close To Four-Year Extension
Jose Ramirez's new deal would keep him Cleveland through the 2023 season.

Jason Kipnis To Miss Four To Five More Weeks
The Indians have also reported that pitcher Cody Anderson will miss the season and will undergo elbow surgery.

Jason Kipnis To Get Second Opinion On Right Shoulder
Jason Kipnis will get a second opinion on his strained right rotator cuff at the end of this week.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Jason Kipnis Likely To Miss Season Opener
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is suffering from a sore right shoulder.

Michael Brantley Hopes 'Bad Days' Are Behind Him
Michael Brantley played in just 11 games last season and is making his way back from right shoulder surgery.

Associated Press

Indians To Take Slow Approach With Kluber
Indians manager Terry Francona isn't sure if Corey Kluber will be the team's opening day starter.

Indians Won't Rush Michael Brantley Onto Field
Michael Brantley only played in 11 games last season, but the Indians know they need him if they want to make another trip to the World Series.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Indians Hire Grady Sizemore As Front Office Advisor
The Indians have hired Grady Sizemore as an advisor to their player development staff.

Jordan Bastian/MLB

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

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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


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


Indians Acquire Carlos Frias From Dodgers For Cash
Carlos Frias has gone 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 33 games over the past three seasons for the Dodgers.

Associated Press

Indians Working On Solution To Chief Wahoo Logo
Rob Manfred and owner Paul Dolan have discussed possible solutions to Cleveland's controversial Chief Wahoo logo.

Associated Press

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

Associated Press

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.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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

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