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Royals claimed outfielder Abraham Almonte off waivers from the Indians.

The Royals could definitely use another outfielder capable of hitting lefties -- they were starting a Alex Gordon-Paulo Orlando-Jon Jay outfield against Francisco Liriano today -- but that's not Almonte; while he's a switch-hitter, he's batted just .245/.291/339 against southpaws in his career. He's an adequate bench player overall, but better players are still sitting in the free agent pool.
Apr 2 - 2:50 PM

The Indians have signed Mike Napoli to a minor league contract, reports Jordan Bastian of

The deal is pending a physical. Napoli posted career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS, but he still showed some pop with 29 homers. Keep in mind that he did that while playing through a torn ligament in his hand. Still, the 36-year-old ended up having to settle for a minor league pact. He'll provide depth between first base and the DH spot in his return to the organization.
Feb 27 - 10:10 AM

Jordan Bastian of reports that the Indians are closing in on a minor league deal with Rajai Davis.

It's expected to be a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Davis played a pivotal role on the Indians' 2016 team that fell to the Cubs in the final game of the World Series.
Feb 17 - 12:04 PM

Logan Morrison's agent, Fred Wray, has denied a report that his client turned down a two-year, $20 million offer from the Indians earlier this offseason.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported earlier Sunday about the offer, but Cafardo has since been told by Wray that it "never happened." Morrison's market has been pretty stagnant this offseason even after he clubbed 38 home runs for the Rays last offseason. The Red Sox and Royals reportedly have interest in him should they miss out on their prime targets.
Feb 11 - 11:21 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Logan Morrison turned down a two-year, $20 million offer from the Indians earlier this offseason.

The Indians then moved on to Yonder Alonso, inking him to a two-year, $16 million deal. It's possible Morrison regrets rejecting Cleveland's offer, as it doesn't seem like a slam dunk that he'll receive a better or comparable one at this point. He's reportedly been drawing interest from the Red Sox (as a backup plan to J.D. Martinez) and the Royals (as a backup plan to Eric Hosmer).
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:39 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians have interest in Peter Moylan.

Moylan tied for the major league lead in appearances in 2017 with Bryan Shaw, the guy he might ostensibly replace in Cleveland. The sidearmer posted a 3.49 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio across 59 1/3 innings for the Royals last season, holding righties to a .161/.244/.236 batting line. Moylan turned 39 this winter.
Jan 22 - 7:55 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians and Orioles discussed a potential Manny Machado trade last month, but "the sides aren't actively discussing him now."

Morosi notes that "many in the industry" believe the Indians are open to trading Danny Salazar, and he would certainly seem like a fit with the pitching-starved Orioles. However, it's unclear whether Salazar was involved in talks and it doesn't appear the two clubs have been in touch lately. Machado is not looking like a great bet to be traded before Opening Day at this point.
Jan 19 - 5:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports the Indians have agreed to sign first baseman Yonder Alonso.

It is believed to be a two-year, $16 million contract with an $8 million vesting option for the 2020 season. Yonder will replace Carlos Santana, who recently signed a free agent contract with the Phillies. The veteran Alonso had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .266/.365/.501 with 28 home runs and 67 RBI in 142 games. He began the year with the Athletics and was dealt to the Mariners in early August. His previous high for homers in a season was nine way back in 2012 with the Padres.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 09:43:00 PM's Jordan Bastian reports that the Indians have been "in contact" with free agent first baseman Yonder Alonso.

Bastian notes that Cleveland has also been linked to Logan Morrison and Matt Adams as part of the club's ongoing search for Carlos Santana's replacement. Alonso registered an impressive .866 OPS with 28 home runs in 142 games this past season between the Athletics and Mariners, earning his first career All-Star nod. The 30-year-old left-handed-hitter slashed .282/.383/.517 against right-handed pitchers.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:24:00 PM

Pirates selected RHP Jordan Milbrath from the Indians eighth in the Rule 5 draft.

The sidearming Milbrath has experienced a velocity spike since moving to the pen two years ago, and he had a 3.02 ERA and a 63/25 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings between High-A and Double-A last season. He'll have a decent shot at winning a roster spot.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Logan Morrison is among the options the Indians will consider if they fail to retain Carlos Santana, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Bringing back Santana is their top priority, but there are a number of alternatives in the event that it doesn't happen. Matt Adams, Lucas Duda, Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland, and Mark Reynolds are some of the first base-types on the market. Morrison, 30, slugged a career-high 38 homers in 2017 while putting up a .246/.353/.516 batting line.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 03:35:00 PM

Jesse Sanchez of reports that the Indians have signed right-hander Alexi Ogando to a minor league contract.

Ogando will return to the United States after pitching one season with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korea Baseball Organization, where he posted a 3.93 ERA and 74/30 K/BB ratio over 110 innings. While he was a reliever prior to leaving MLB, the 34-year-old hopes to be stretched out as a starter in the spring with Cleveland.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:50:00 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Indians, Royals, and Nationals have inquired on free agent Matt Adams.

The Nationals see Adams more as a bench bat while the Indians are looking at him as a fallback if they are unable to retain free agent Carlos Santana. The 29-year-old was recently non-tendered by the Braves after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves in 2017.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Wednesday's game between the Indians and Twins has been postponed due to rain.

It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Thursday with Game 1 beginning at 1:10 ET with Game 2 getting underway at 7:10 ET. Kyle Gibson will oppose Carlos Carrasco in the opener with Aaron Slegers and Ryan Merritt facing off in the nightcap.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 09:35:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Indians have acquired Jay Bruce from the Mets.

This is not an official deal as of yet, but looks like it has been agreed to. Bruce was placed on revocable waivers last week and passed through unclaimed, allowing him to be traded freely. The Tribe are reportedly willing to take on the remainder of the impending free agent's $13 million salary. No word as of yet as to what will be coming back to the Mets in this deal. Bruce owns a .258/.324/.524 triple-slash with 29 homers and 75 RBI in 102 games this season.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 09:58:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians are "working on a deal" to acquire Jay Bruce.

Bruce was placed on revocable waivers last week and passed through unclaimed, meaning that the Mets can freely trade him to any team. As of yet, no details have surfaced regarding what New York could potentially bring back for Bruce from the Indians. The 30-year-old outfielder is hitting .258/.324/.524 with 29 homers and 75 RBI in 102 games this season. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan is reporting that the Tribe would be willing to take on the remainder of Bruce's salary this season. He will be a free agent this winter.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 09:51:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians have acquired Joe Smith from the Blue Jays.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Smith, who worked out of the Indians bullpen from 2009-2013. The impending free agent right-hander had registered a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings this season for Toronto. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says the Blue Jays will get two lower-level minor leaguers in return.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 03:13:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Blue Jays reliever Joe Smith is a target for the Indians.

Smith spent five seasons with the Indians from 2009-2013 and it sounds like a reunion could be in order. The veteran setup man holds a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings this season with Toronto. He is scheduled to become a free agent in November.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 01:54:00 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is "speculation within the industry" that Lance Lynn might fit best with the Indians.

It's unclear at this point -- just three hours from the trade deadline -- whether the Cardinals consider themselves buyers or sellers. If they do decide to sell, Lynn would be their biggest trade chip. An impending free agent, the 30-year-old right-hander has registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings this season for St. Louis.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians are not in on Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Sunday that the Indians were in touch about the Rangers ace, but it doesn't appear that talks have progressed very far. The club appears to be putting their focus toward strengthening their already strong bullpen. As for Darvish, he's still a strong possibility to be dealt by Monday's deadline. The Dodgers are the most likely destination.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 11:05:00 AM

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