Team Related News

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Josh Donaldson has been informed that he has been traded to the Cleveland Indians.

Boom, the mystery team strikes again! Donaldson gives the Tribe another strong right-handed bat in the middle of their lineup, though it's unclear exactly where he's going to play everyday. Perhaps the team opts to shift Jose Ramirez back to second base and Jason Kipnis back to the outfield.
Aug 31 - 9:12 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals "have emerged as a suitor" for Josh Donaldson.

Morosi adds that Cardinals officials "intensified their efforts to add a position player" when Kolten Wong (hamstring) and Jedd Gyorko (groin) were placed on the disabled list. The fit makes sense, especially since the Cards have been connected to Donaldson often in the past. Of course, St. Louis is way down on the waiver priority for Donaldson, so they might not even get a shot at him. The Indians have previously been listed as a possible landing spot for Donaldson, but Morosi hears that the chances of him being dealt to Cleveland are "slim" because they want to keep Jose Ramirez at third base.
Aug 31 - 10:53 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Logan Forsythe has cleared revocable waivers.

It's no surprise given his $8.5 million salary. Forsythe has been red-hot at the plate since joining the Twins with a .379/.429/.448 batting line over 16 games and would make sense for a contender. Olney mentions the Indians as one possible fit for the veteran infielder.
Aug 19 - 12:06 PM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Indians have acquired outfielder Leonys Martin from the Tigers.

The Tigers are set to receive shortstop prospect Willi Castro in return. Meanwhile, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that right-hander Kyle Dowdy is also headed to the Indians. Martin addresses an area of need in center field for Cleveland. The 30-year-old has enjoyed a solid all-around season, batting .251/.321/.409 with nine homers and seven steals over 78 games. He's arbitration-eligible this winter.
Jul 31 - 12:31 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Indians are interested in several Marlins players.

The list includes the likes of infielder/outfielder Derek Dietrich and relievers Kyle Barraclough and Brad Ziegler. Among them, Ziegler seems the most likely to be moved by Tuesday's deadline, though not necessarily to the Indians.
Jul 31 - 9:06 AM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports writes that Billy Hamilton is a potential fit for the Indians.

Heyman adds that the Indians have asked about him in the past. Hamilton is a .245/.299/.331 hitter in the majors, but he's an excellent defender in center field and brings game-changing speed to the table. He'd make sense for multiple contenders. Hamilton is under team control for one more year before hitting free agency.
Jul 31 - 8:22 AM's Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees, Phillies and Indians "have varying levels of interest" in Andrew McCutchen.

The Giants haven't given up hope of making a run at a playoff spot but "are open to moving their pending free agents," according to Morosi. McCutchen looks to be the most marketable of that group even though he's mostly underwhelmed to the tune of a .253/.348/.405 batting with 10 home runs, 43 RBI, and nine stolen bases in 104 games. The Indians could probably use 'Cutch the most of the aforementioned three clubs, but it's unclear which of the three has the most serious interest.
Jul 30 - 9:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Yankees, Indians and Mariners are interested in Cameron Maybin.

Maybin makes for a solid secondary addition for a contender with his ability to play all three outfield spots and pinch-run. He's batted .249/.337/.337 with three homers and eight steals for the Marlins this season.
Jul 30 - 8:03 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Indians have been in contact with the Nationals recently regarding the possibility of a Bryce Harper trade.

Morosi cautions that "discussions have yet to gather momentum" and that the "price tag on Harper remains high," with the Nats likely to ask for multiple young pitchers in return. It still seems highly unlikely that Washington ultimately winds up trading Harper, as they still have a shot to make the postseason this year and they also want to lock up Harper after the season, something that might be less likely to happen if they trade him before Tuesday's deadline.
Jul 30 - 6:13 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies and Indians are among the teams that have inquired on Rangers' slugger Joey Gallo.

While it doesn't sound like a deal is imminent, there's plenty of time for the Rangers to get something done before Tuesday's deadline if they so choose. The 24-year-old could be an attractive trade chip as he's under team control through the 2022 season and won't be arbitration-eligible until after the 2019 campaign. He's hitting .190/.306/.458 with 25 homers and 56 RBI in 99 games this season.
Jul 28 - 10:48 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Cubs, Rockies and Indians "retain interest" in Brad Brach.

All three teams have added relievers recently but it appears they might not be done. Brach has posted a disappointing 4.85 ERA and 38/19 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season, but his track record suggests he could bounce back down the stretch as long as he's healthy.
Jul 27 - 3:45 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Brewers, Indians and Phillies are among the teams interested in Mets' second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera.

They join the Mariners and Diamondbacks as teams that have already expressed interest in his services. The 32-year-old is set to hit free agency at season's end and is almost certain to be flipped before the end of the month. He's hitting .280/.332/.487 with 17 homers and 53 RBI on the season.
Jul 22 - 4:40 PM

Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic report that the Indians are set to acquire Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres in exchange for Francisco Mejia.

The Indians desperately needed relief help and have landed one of the best relievers thought to be available along with a solid second bullpen arm. It didn't come cheap, of course, as Mejia is arguably the top catching prospect in the game. How manager Terry Francona ultimately uses Hand remains to be seen, but he would figure to be in the mix for saves along with Cody Allen and Andrew Miller. Allen and Miller are set for free agency this winter and Hand is under team control relatively cheaply through 2021, so he could be the team's long-term closer even if he won't have the job outright in 2018. Cimber is not yet arbitration-eligible. Kirby Yates is set to take over the closer job in San Diego.
Jul 19 - 11:14 AM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians are among the teams interested in Padres closer Brad Hand.

It's not a big surprise to see the Indians are looking for bullpen help, as their relievers rank 29th in the majors with 5.28 ERA. Still, the asking price will be considerable. Hand is owed $13.5 million over the next two years, with a $10 million club option for 2021. The southpaw has compiled 24 saves for the Padres this season while posting a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. There would be value beyond this season for the Indians with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen due to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 17 - 2:41 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Indians have expressed interest in Orioles' right-hander Mychal Givens.

The Indians are currently said to be discussing several players with the Orioles, including Manny Machado and Adam Jones, and now Givens can be added to the list as well. The right-hander, who is under team control through the 2021 season, owns an underwhelming 4.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 55/23 K/BB ratio across 47 innings this season, but was one of the top relievers in the league in 2017.
Jul 14 - 11:59 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Indians and Orioles "continue dialogue on multiple players" and Adam Jones being dealt to Cleveland "is among the viable trade possibilities."

An outfield upgrade, preferably one which can hit from the right side, would make sense for the Tribe. The Indians also desperately need relief help and the Orioles have Zach Britton and Brad Brach to offer, so the two clubs would appear to match up on that front, as well. Jones is having a so-so year with a .275/.300/.422 batting line and 10 homers, but he would still be an upgrade for Cleveland and is also viewed as a strong clubhouse presence. Jones will turn 33 in a few weeks and is an impending free agent, so he probably won't cost a whole lot to acquire. He does have 10-and-5 rights and thus has the right to veto any deal.
Jul 13 - 2:35 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers and Brewers are the "most serious" suitors of Manny Machado.

Rosenthal adds that the Indians are also in the mix but taking on what remains of Machado's $16 million salary could be an issue for them. The Diamondbacks, Phillies, Braves and Cubs have also been connected to the star infielder. The rumors with Machado have been picking up a bit of late and it's looking like he could be traded well before the deadline.
Jul 8 - 1:40 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, trade talks between the Diamondbacks and Orioles about Manny Machado have been "consistent."

This comes on the heels of a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that pointed to Arizona and Cleveland as the "most motivated suitors" for the 25-year-old star infielder. There are believed to be at least six other teams in the hunt, including the Dodgers, Cubs, and Phillies. Machado, an impending free agent, is batting .311/.378/.565 with 21 home runs and 59 RBI in 83 games this season for a last-place Orioles outfit. He'd be a massive offensive upgrade at shortstop for the Diamondbacks, and just about any other club.
Jul 4 - 9:43 AM

Angels claimed RHP Oliver Drake off waivers from the Indians.

Cleveland designated the right-hander for assignment on Saturday. The Halos will be Drake's fourth organization in two years. He's scuffled to a 7.94 ERA over 15 relief appearances for the Indians and Brewers this season.
May 31 - 6:50 PM

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

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