The Indians on Tuesday extended non-roster spring training invites to seven players, including shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielders James Ramsey and Tyler Naquin.
Lindor, 21, is the clear No. 1 prospect in the system, as ranked by Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus. Last season he hit a combined. 276 between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus and showed some speed, stealing 28 bases.
His real value, in large part, rests with his glove and fielding ability, where he projects to be a perennial Gold Glove winner.To read more or comment...
Giovanny Urshela and Ryan Merritt were named the top position player and pitcher, respectively, in the Indians' minor league system for the 2014 season, the team announced Monday.
Urshela, the Lou Boudreau Award winner, batted a combined .280 between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus last year with 18 home runs and 84 RBI. He got off to a hot start with the RubberDucks at third base, hitting .300 with five home runs, nine doubles and 19 RBI in only 24 games before being promoted to Columbus. He also led all Indians minor leaguers with 78 runs scored during the season.
Merritt, the Bob Feller Award recipient, had a 2.58 ERA, 127 strikeouts and a 0.95 WHIP in 160.1 innings at Single-A Carolina. He, a 22-year-old lefty, stands a good chance of finding his way to Akron in 2015.
Urshela and Merritt were both added to the team's 40-man roster in November.To read more or comment...
Maybe this will help you feel a little bit warmer today. The Cleveland Indians have released their 2015 spring trainining schedule.
The team has 33 games scheduled with the first game coming against the Cincinnati Reds on March 3.
Fifteen of the spring training games will be broadcast on the radio, according to a release by the team. Ten will be on WTAM (1100-AM), three will be on 99x (99.1-FM) and the other two on WMMS (100.7-FM).
Eight of the games will air on SportsTime Ohio.To read more or comment...
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger, the team announced Wednesday.
Kipnis, hurt during strength and conditioning activities, is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener April 6 at Houston.
The full-squad reporting date for spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., is Feb. 22.
Indians head trainer James Quinlan said in a conference call that Kipnis was hurt about a month ago working out near his home in Chicago. While racking weights, Kipnis' hand slipped and the finger was caught between the weight and the rack, causing a significant laceration.To read more or comment...
The Indians went back to an established pattern of acquiring reclamation projects with Tuesday's signing of right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year major league contract.
Floyd has made only 14 starts in the past two years. With the Atlanta Braves last season he went 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in nine starts before fracturing his right elbow on June 19. In 2013, Floyd pitched only five games for the Chicago White Sox before undergoing reconstructive right elbow surgery.
Floyd's contract was worth a reported $4 million, with another $6 million available in incentives.
General Manager Chris Antonetti projected Floyd for the starting rotation along with Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. The latter two are out of options.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for second base prospect Joey Wendle, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Talks date back to Wednesday night, a source tells the Akron Beacon Journal, and the official deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
Moss, 31, is a left-handed power hitter that should be expected to bat in the middle of the Indians' order. He has hit 76 home runs in the last three years, and only played half of the 2012 season. The Indians' leader in home runs during that same timespan is Carlos Santana, with 65.To read more or comment...
Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash will replace Joe Maddon as the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and no one on the Tribe roster may be more disappointed than right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Cash. who turns 37 Saturday, was tabbed by the Rays over Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, 51. Cash is a Tampa native who spent eight years as a major league catcher, including one with the Rays in 2005. He just completed his second year on the staff of Indians' manager Terry Francona after starting his post-playing career as an advance scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
According to MLB.com, Cash becomes the youngest manager in the league since A.J. Hinch, hired as Diamondbacks' manager in 2009 at age 35.
Cash was also one of three finalists for the Texas Rangers' managerial position that went to Jeff Banister of the Pirates.To read more or comment...