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...
The Indians announced their 2015 spring training schedule on Friday. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18, with the full squad reporting on Feb. 22. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 20, the first full-squad workout on Feb. 24.
The schedule features two home night games, March 20 against the Los Angeles Angels and March 24 agains the San Francisco Giants.
Tribe Fan Fest, a ticketed event, is March 17. Michael Brantley bobblehead day is March 7.
Season tickets and group sales (20 or more) are on sale now, with mini-plans available on Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. ET and single games Dec. 6 at 8 a.m.To read more or comment...
Indians left fielder Michael Brantley finished third in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award, which was announced Thursday night.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 23, who finished second to Tigers' slugger Miguel Cabrera the past two years, was the unanimous choice of 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Trout received 420 points. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, an ex-Indian, was second ahead of Brantley. Martinez received 16 second-place votes, Brantley eight.To read more or comment...
Indians' right-hander Corey Kluber lost out in a fan vote to participate in the 2014 All-Star Game.
But on Wednesday the 28-year-old right-hander became the fourth Indians pitcher to win the American League Cy Young Award, edging out Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez.
Kluber received 169 total points and 17 first-place votes, Hernandez 159 points and 13 first-place votes. Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale finished third with 78 points.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension through 2018, with club options for 2019 and 2020, the club announced Tuesday morning.
"I really didn’t want to move on from here," Francona said. "You watch every manager in their first press conference and they say all these things and they’re all true - they all feel them. But what’s really cool for me is two years later, I’m getting to live them out. I still feel the same way two years later, except maybe stronger, than the day I got hired. And for that I’m really grateful."
Francona, 55, took a year off from managing in 2012 before joining the Indians on October 6, 2012.
Under Francona's leadership, the Indians have had consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-01, compiling a 177-147 (.546) record.To read more or comment...
The Indians announced this morning an agreement with manager Terry Francona on a two-year contract extension.
Here is the team's release:
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has agreed on a two-year contract extension (2018) with Manager TERRY FRANCONA that includes club options for 2019 and 2020.
Francona, 55, has led the Indians to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-2001, compiling a mark of 177-147 (.546) over his two-year tenure with the Indians that began in October of 2012. His 177 wins and .546 winning pct. rank 4th and 5th-best, respectively, in club history among managers through their first two seasons. The New Brighton, PA native owns a 14-year Major League career managerial record of 1206-1062 (.532), the 4th-most wins among active big league managers. Dating back to 2004 with Boston, Francona’s teams have posted winning records for ten consecutive seasons, the longest such managerial streak since 2009 (Joe Torre), in addition to a pair of World Series titles and six postseason appearances.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians announced Friday afternoon that they have exercised the 2015 club option for utility man Mike Aviles.
Aviles, 34, was brought to Cleveland alongside catcher Yan Gomes in the 2012 trade that sent Esmil Rogers to Toronto. Aviles will make $3.5 million in 2015. The club had a buyout option for $250,000.
Aviles has struggled at the plate in his two seasons with Cleveland, batting just .250/.277/.356 in 768 plate appearances with 0.0 Wins Above Replacement. But he brings versatility, having played played second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions, and a strong clubhouse presence.
"Mike's an incredibly important part of our team in so many ways," Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said during a conference call. "He played six positions last year and filled in very capably in each of those spots. His versatility gives (manager Terry Francona) great comfort on the bench because he can fill in anywhere and contribute and provide us protection at so many different positions. It allowed us last year to carry an extra reliever for most of the year. Beyond what he does on the field, he's a great teammate, a guy who has an incredible energy about him and is a big part of our team and the fabric of our team."To read more or comment...