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Indians Promote Carlos Gonzalez

Apr 14, 2019 12:57 PM

Veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been promoted by the Cleveland Indians and will make his season debut Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.

Gonzalez, who started this season at Triple-A Columbus, will play left field and bat third in Cleveland's lineup against Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis.

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Francisco Lindor Could Begin Rehab Assignment Monday

Apr 13, 2019 11:08 PM

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Monday.

Lindor had a workout Saturday, running the bases for the second day in a row. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Lindor will join Triple-A Columbus for a game in Louisville, Kentucky, if there are "no ill effects, no repercussions of a second-day workout."

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

Indians Place Mike Clevinger On IL With Back Injury.

Apr 9, 2019 5:00 PM

The Cleveland Indians placed Mike Clevinger on the 10-day injured list with a back injury and manager Terry Francona told reporters that the right-hander won't be able to pick up a ball for six-to-eight weeks.

The Indians said Clevinger has a teres major muscle strain in his right upper back.

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Francisco Lindor Expected To Miss Two More Weeks

Apr 3, 2019 6:56 PM

Francisco Lindor played catch with a trainer at Progressive Field on Wednesday.

It's going to be a while before the All-Star shortstop does more.

Lindor is expected to miss at least two more weeks with a sprained left ankle, an injury he sustained while recovering from a strained right calf that limited him at spring training and prevented him from opening the season on time.

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Indians Give Manager Terry Francona Two-Year Extension

Apr 3, 2019 1:05 PM

The Indians signed the popular Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension through the 2022 season on Wednesday, giving him more security and a chance to become the longest tenured manager in Cleveland's rich history.

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Francisco Lindor Out Indefinitely With Ankle Injury

Mar 28, 2019 8:35 AM

Francisco Lindor has had a setback in his recovery from a strained right calf muscle.

Lindor sprained his left ankle while running the bases in a minor league intrasquad game at the team's spring training home in Arizona.

An MRI on Lindor's ankle found a mild to moderate acute sprain, according to the Cleveland Indians.

Because the timetable for that injury had not yet been finalized by the team's medical staff, Lindor's return from the ankle sprain was still being determined.


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Indians Unlikely To Extend Francisco Lindor On Megadeal

Mar 25, 2019 9:24 AM

Paul Dolan does not envision a scenario in the future in which the Cleveland Indians sign a player to a contract in the 10-year, $300 million range. For Dolan, Cleveland signing Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract was even the type of outlay they found difficult to justify.

“No, but I never foresaw us doing a deal like we did with Encarnacion,” Dolan said in his spring-training office during a recent sit-down interview with The Athletic. “You don’t know. Probably the day when we do a deal like that is when somebody else is doing $1 billion deals with somebody else.”

Francisco Lindor is one of the best players in the game and will surely command a megadeal once he becomes a free agent if he doesn't sign an extension with Cleveland before then.

Dolan was asked how he would advise fans of the Indians on the Lindor issue.

“Enjoy him,” Dolan said. “We control him for three more years. Enjoy him and then we’ll see what happens.”

Dolan said he isn’t “bothered by the fact we can’t chase the high-end” free agents but added that “where it is painful is when you have one of your own that you can’t keep because the market for them is set by larger markets.”

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Corey Kluber To Make Fifth Opening Day Start For Indians

Mar 24, 2019 11:47 AM

Corey Kluber will start on Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians for the fifth-straight season, tying a franchise record.

Kluber was 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA last season. He finished third in American League Cy Young behind Blake Snell and Justin Verlander.

The Indians will open the season on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.

Associated Press

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Indians, Padres Still Engaged On Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber

Mar 19, 2019 8:12 AM

The Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres are still engaged in "continued discussions" regarding a trade for either Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber, according to a report.

There is no expectation that a deal will be completed by the start of the season.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

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Indians, Carlos Gonzalez Agree Upon Minor League Deal
Carlos Gonzalez will receive a $2 million contract in the Major Leagues if he's added to the 40-man roster.

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Indians Sign Hanley Ramirez To Minor League Deal
Hanley Ramirez could have a roster spot with the Indians at first base or designated hitter.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Corey Kluber Trade Talks Have Quieted Down
Corey Kluber is under team control through 2021.

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Francisco Lindor To Miss Start Of Season
Francisco Lindor will miss the start of the season with a strained right calf.

Associated Press

Indians Acquire Nick Wittgren From Marlins
Cleveland sent right-hander Jordan Milbrath to Miami in the deal.

Associated Press

Corey Kluber Trade Becoming Less Likely As Time Passes
While it remains possible that Corey Kluber will be traded, a deal becomes less likely by the day, according to sources.

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Indians Acquire Catcher Kevin Plawecki From Mets
The Indians sent right-hander Walker Lockett and infielder Sam Haggerty to the Mets in the deal.

Indians Now Likely To Hold Onto Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber
Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber have been mentioned in trade rumors for a majority of the offseason, but it now appears more and more likely that the Indians will hold onto both pitchers.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Indians Still Discussing Corey Kluber Trade
The Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Reds have shown interest in Corey Kluber.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Indians Now Less Likely To Trade Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer
The Indians have been expected to move Corey Kluber and/or Trevor Bauer at some point, but that may now be less likely.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

White Sox Acquire Yonder Alonso From Indians
The Indians will receive outfield prospect Alex Call in the deal with the White Sox.

Mariners, Indians Complete Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana Swap
Carlos Santana is going back to the Indians as part of the three-team deal, which also includes the Rays.


Talks Intensifying Between Dodgers, Indians On Corey Kluber
The Indians signed Carlos Carrasco to an extension last week, paving the way for either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer to be traded.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Indians 'Increasingly Motivated' To Move Corey Kluber Or Trevor Bauer
After signing Carlos Carrasco to an extension last week, the Indians are "increasingly motivated" to trade either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer.

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Mike Napoli Announces Retirement
Mike Napoli hit 267 home runs during his 13-year MLB career.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill To Honor Larry Doby
Former Indians center fielder Larry Doby was the AL's first black ballplayer.

Indians Exercise Carlos Carrasco's Option, Agree To Two-Year Extension
The Indians have exercised their 2020 option on Carlos Carrasco and signed him to a two-year extension that takes him through the 2022 season.


Yankees, Indians Have Discussed Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber
Those discussions could be renewed at the upcoming winter meetings.

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Indians Trade Yan Gomes To Nationals
The Indians acquire pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnson, and a player to be named from the Nationals.

Dodgers, Indians Discussing Possible Corey Kluber Trade
Various proposals have been discussed in recent days, according to sources.

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