Cleveland Indians Wiretap

Indians Will Exercise $17.5M Option On Corey Kluber

Oct 3, 2019 7:52 AM

The Cleveland Indians plan to exercise the $17.5 million option they hold on Corey Kluber for the 2020 season.

Kluber's season was shortened by injury. He was hit by a line drive that broke his right arm early in the year. As he was nearing a return, a strained oblique muscle set him back.

"I think this is almost a blessing in disguise. Yeah, we missed the heck out of him, but come next year I bet you he has a chance to be the Kluber that we've seen and relied on," Terry Francona said. "For the innings and what he has given our team, I betcha he has a chance of being that again because of having a little bit of a layoff."

The Indians could buy out Kluber's 2020 option for $1 million. The club has an $18 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jason Kipnis To Undergo Surgery On Right Hand

Sep 23, 2019 7:53 AM

Jason Kipnis will undergo surgery on his right hand Tuesday in New York.

Kipnis broke the hamate bone in his right hand on Sept. 15.

The infielder could be done with the Cleveland Indians. They have a $16.5 million club option on Kipnis for 2020, but they aren't expected to exercise it.

The Indians are currently tied with the Rays for the second Wild Card spot.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

Jose Ramirez Expected To Rejoin Indians This Week

Sep 23, 2019 7:44 AM

Jose Ramirez hasn't played since Aug. 24 but he's expected to rejoin the Cleveland Indians this week.

Ramirez is recovering from a fractured hamate bone and should be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

He struggled in the first half of the season, but was hitting .321/.372/.705 in August before the injury.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

Carlos Carrasco To Donate $200 To Childhood Cancer For Every Strikeout

Sep 4, 2019 7:14 AM

Carlos Carrasco, who returned to the mound on Sunday for the first time since May 30, says he will donate $200 for every strikeout this month to childhood cancer research.

The Cleveland Indians pitcher had missed three months of the season after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

Carlos Carrasco Makes Return From Leukemia

Sep 1, 2019 5:35 PM

Carlos Carrasco made his return to the mound from leukemia Sunday and the Indians pitcher was applauded by both teams in a touching scene during Tampa Bay's 8-2 victory that completed a three-game sweep.

The right-hander entered in the seventh inning for his first major league appearance since being diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia in June. He received a standing ovation from the Tropicana Field crowd, and players from both sides cheered while standing in front of their respective dugouts.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Indians Lose Tyler Naquin To Torn ACL

Aug 31, 2019 5:41 PM

Indians left fielder Tyler Naquin has a torn ACL in his right knee, the second major injury the team has suffered in a week as it makes a push for the playoffs.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

Indians Plan To Activate Carlos Carrasco On Sunday

Aug 29, 2019 7:26 AM

The Cleveland Indians plan to activate Carlos Carrasco on Sunday when rosters expand as long as his bullpen session on Thursday goes well.

Terry Francona says Carrasco will be used out of the bullpen.

He was diagnosed in June with chronic myeloid leukemia, a treatable form of cancer.


Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

Trevor Bauer: I Don't Really Miss A Whole Lot About Cleveland

Aug 27, 2019 7:46 AM

Trevor Bauer has never been shy about expressing his feelings.

The Cleveland Indians traded Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds earlier this season.

"It was very easy coming in," Bauer said of coming to the Reds. "Everyone did a really great job of being accommodating and making it easy for me to make the transition. The information is great here, the coaching staff is great here. Overall I am a whole lot happier here than I was. Sometimes you don't realize how unhappy you are in a situation until you are out of it, because it's just kind of day-to-day life.

"I miss some of my teammates and stuff, but overall, I don't really miss a whole lot about Cleveland."

Bauer, 28, spent seven seasons in Cleveland.

Pete Blackburn/CBS Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians

Indians' Jose Ramirez Fractures Bone In Hand

Aug 25, 2019 11:05 AM

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez has been diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand and has been placed on the injured list, the team announced Sunday.

Ramirez, a two-time All-Star, had an MRI after he exited in the first inning of Saturday's game against Kansas City after fouling off a pitch.

There is no immediate timetable for his return.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

Yasiel Puig Goes 1-For-3 In 'Red Hair' Debut

Aug 2, 2019 1:37 AM

Yasiel Puig was so eager to make his Indians debut, he forgot to check out his footwear before walking around the clubhouse.

He was wearing Reds flip-flops with his Cleveland workout gear on Thursday.

"My bad," Puig said, laughing. "I came straight to see you guys. You're not going to see that one again."

While his footwear didn't match, Puig's hair was dyed the color of the Indians' red jerseys.

He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in a 7-1 loss to the Astros.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Terry Francona Has Eye Surgery
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MLB Fines Trevor Bauer For Tantrum
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Indians Trade Trevor Bauer To Reds In Three-Team Deal
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Rays Trade Christian Arroyo, Hunter Wood To Indians
The Rays will receive prospect Ruben Cardenas and international bonus money in the deal.

Frustrated Trevor Bauer Throws Ball Over Center-Field Fence
Trevor Bauer threw the ball over the fence as manager Terry Francona was coming to the field to take him out of the game.

Phillies, Indians Have Discussed Trevor Bauer Trade
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Jon Morosi/MLB

Francisco Lindor Reacts After Foul Ball Strikes Child
Francisco Lindor hit a home run that helped the Indians beat the Royals on Sunday, but he was more concerned about the young child who was struck by a line drive he hit.


Corey Kluber Throws Bullpen Session
Indians pitcher Corey Kluber continues his comeback from a broken forearm.

Padres Are Most Serious Suitor For Trevor Bauer
Trevor Bauer is under control through 2020 and the Padres are interested in making him the veteran anchor of their rotation.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Corey Kluber's Right Arm Is Healing
Indians starter Corey Kluber could begin throwing bullpen sessions soon.

Shane Bieber Named ASG MVP As AL Tops NL
Shane Bieber was named the MVP of Tuesday night's All-Star Game as the American League edged the National League 4-3.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Carlos Carrasco Being Treated For Leukemia
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco remains positive about his progress.

MLB Invites CC Sabathia To All-Star Game
CC Sabathia will be participating in events associated with next week's All-Star Game in Cleveland.

Vlad Jr., Josh Bell, Carlos Santana Fill Last Three HR Derby Spots
Blue Jays rookie Vladamir Guerrero Jr. will become the youngest player to compete in the Home Run Derby.

Indians Promote Bobby Bradley
Bobby Bradley was leading the International League in home runs.

Indians Designate Leonys Martin For Assignment
Leonys Martin was hitting .199 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 65 games with Cleveland.

Indians Unlikely To Trade Corey Kluber
The Indians are unlikely to trade Corey Kluber during the season, even if he returns to the mound.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Indians More Likely To Sell In Offseason
The Indians have been mentioned as a potential seller at the trade deadline.

Big Time Baseball Podcast

Indians Wouldn't Rule Out Trading Trevor Bauer To Twins
The Indians could move Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic