Player News - Indians

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Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that there is "nearly a zero chance" that Michael Brantley will return to the Indians.

The Indians declined to make Brantley a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer, which will only enhance his value on the open market. The Braves and White Sox are among the clubs who have been linked to the veteran outfielder in the early days of free agency. Brantley, 31, batted .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 76 RBI in 143 games this past season. With Jason Kipnis, Leonys Martin, Greg Allen, and Tyler Naquin at the top of the depth chart in the outfield, the Indians are going to have to get creative this offseason. Recent reports indicate that they are dangling some pitching for upgrades on their roster.
Nov 13 - 10:12 AM

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.

Bowman notes that while there have been reports that Brantley is considered a top target of the Braves, he believes that he's just one of the players that they're evaluating in order to fill their definitive needs this offseason. The 31-year-old has spent all 10 seasons of his big league career with the Indians, and is coming off of a solid 2018 campaign where he slashed .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 76 RBI in 143 games.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 11 - 7:36 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Yankees met with the Indians about Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco at the General Manager Meetings.

The Yankees have also reportedly discussed James Paxton with the Mariners, and they're in the mix for free agent hurlers like Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ as they look for the best route to improve their rotation. The Indians reportedly are looking to cut some payroll this winter, so dealing a Kluber or Carrasco seems possible even though both pitchers are under control at relatively favorable terms.
Nov 9 - 3:20 PM

The Cardinals are showing interest in lefty reliever Andrew Miller, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Miller has also been linked to the Mets recently. He'll draw as wide of interest as any reliever on the market this winter. Any thoughts of him coming at a bargain because he was injured and his numbers were off in 2018 can be safely dismissed.
Nov 7 - 3:24 PM

Andrew Miller's agent, Mark Rodgers, said Monday that his client is fully healthy.

Miller missed three months this season with three separate disabled list stints due to knee, hamstring and shoulder injuries and posted a 4.24 ERA over just 37 appearances. However, he was given a full health workup by Dr. David Altchek and Rodgers said everything came back clean. "Altcheck saw absolutely nothing that would keep him from being the old Andrew Miller," Rodgers added. Whether teams buy that Miller is indeed healthy will determine what kind of contract he will get this winter. The lefty reliever will turn 34 next May.
Nov 5 - 9:19 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that, due to "market constraints," the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this offseason.

Olney lists Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Edwin Encarnacion and Yan Gomes as players that the Indians may be open to trading. He adds that Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez "will definitely be held." Kluber is under team control cheaply through 2021, but he'll turn 33 next April so perhaps the Tribe might indeed be willing to move him if they're able to stock up their farm system. Carrasco, who turns 32 next March, is also under control cheaply through 2020.

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians do not plan on extending Michael Brantley a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Zack Meisel of The Athletic says the club won't make a qualifying offer to Andrew Miller or Cody Allen, either. Brantley turned in his healthiest season in a while in 2018, batting .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 143 games. He can't be counted on to play that much in 2019 and will turn 32 next May, but Brantley should receive plenty of interest this winter and offers a different skill set than most other bats with his ability to avoid strikeouts.
Nov 2 - 1:12 PM

Indians activated RHP James Hoyt from the 60-day disabled list.

He's now back on the 40-man roster. Hoyt, 32, holds a 4.40 ERA over the last three seasons in the majors but has struck out 94 across 71 2/3 innings.
Nov 2 - 10:10 AM

Brandon Barnes has elected free agency.

Barnes, 32, was removed from the 40-man roster to clear spots for the plethora of 60-man disabled list players that needed to be activated by the Indians. He will look for another minor league pact elsewhere.
Nov 1 - 10:03 PM

Indians activated RHP Danny Salazar from the 60-day disabled list.

Salazar missed all of the 2018 season because of his shoulder issue, and he's expected to begin throwing again at some point in November after undergoing a procedure in July. The Indians are considering moving him to the bullpen to begin the 2019 campaign, and his fantasy value will be tied to when/if he joins the rotation.
Nov 1 - 10:01 PM

Indians activated RF Tyler Naquin from the 60-day disabled list.

Naquin had surgery in early August to help stabilize a stress reaction in his right hip. He struggled in 2019 with a .264/.295/.356 line in 183 plate appearances, and is not a lock to get significant playing time with the Indians in 2019.
Nov 1 - 9:58 PM

Indians activated CF Leonys Martin from the 60-day disabled list.

Martin recently agreed to a $3 million dollar deal for the 2019 season, according Yahoo's Jeff Passan. He had a life-threatening bacteria infection that affected multiple organs that ended his season in August. Assuming he's fully recovered, he should battle for a starting spot in the outfield in 2019.
Nov 1 - 9:56 PM

Indians activated RHP Nick Goody from the 60-day disabled list.

Goody had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, but was able to avoid undergoing Tommy John surgery since there was no tear. He's expected to miss at least a portion of the 2019 season, but there's a good chance he'll be able to contribute at some point for the Indians next year.
Nov 1 - 9:54 PM

The Indians and Leonys Martin have come to terms on a $3 million deal for 2019, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

Martin was a free agent last winter after the Cubs let him go, but he was merely arbitration eligible this winter because he's a tad shy of having six years of service time. Martin played well for both the Tigers and Indians this past season before a scary bacterial infection nearly killed him in August. $3 million is less than he earned a couple of years ago, but it seems like a fair compromise given that it's unclear how well he'll rebound. Depending on how the Indians want to play it, he could compete with Bradley Zimmer, Tyler Naquin and Greg Allen for the starting job in center field next spring.
Oct 31 - 3:39 PM

Indians declined the $3 million club option on OF Brandon Guyer for 2019.

He'll receive a $250,000 buyout and hit free agency. Guyer turns 33 in January and batted just .206/.300/.371 in 103 games this season, but he's a useful right-handed bat and shouldn't have much of a problem finding a bench job this winter.
Oct 30 - 11:10 AM


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