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Tribe gets pitcher to complete Shoppach trade

By Sheldon Published: December 21, 2009

The Indians completed the trade that sent Kelly Shoppach to Tampa Bay by acquiring right-hander Mitch Talbot from the Rays on Monday. [ep
Talbot, 26, is the player to be named that closes the book on the Dec. 1 deal in which the Tribe also sent cash to Tampa Bay. [ep
Last season, Talbot was limited to 10 starts at Triple-A Durham because of a sprained right elbow. He compiled a 4-4 record and 4.47 earned-run average, making two starts in the International League playoffs
The Astros took Talbot in the second round of the 2002 draft, but he was traded to the Rays in 2006 for Aubrey Huff. He was named Charlotte's pitcher of the year in 2007 and 2008. In addition to posting a 13-9 record and 3.86 ERA in 2008, Talbot appeared in three September games with Tampa Bay. His changeup was rated best in the International League by Baseball America after the 2008 season. [ep
Talbot has been added to the Indians' 40-man roster. [ep
In other Tribe news, the club signed 32-year-old right-hander Saul Rivera to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to big-league training camp. [ep
In 245 major-league relief appearances with Washington since 2006, Rivera has compiled a 13-15 record and 4.05 ERA. He split 2009 between the Nationals and Triple-A Syracuse, posting a 1-3 record and 6.10 ERA in 30 games with Washington and a 2-5 record and 3.55 ERA in 30 International League outings. [ep

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Eastern League realigned

By sstorm Published: December 18, 2009

With a new team in the league came new divisions, as the Double-A Eastern League is now comprised of the Eastern Division and the Western Division with the addition of Richmond (Va.).

The geographic restructuring for the 2010 season became necessary when the Connecticut Defenders left the league and the Richmond Flying Squirrels joined.

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Strength coach leaving Tribe

By Sheldon Published: December 17, 2009

Indians strength and conditioning coach Tim Maxey ia leaving to take the newly-created position of strength and conditioning coordinator for Major League Baseball and the Major League Players Association. ¶
In his new job, Maxey will counsel players and their teams on matters concerning conditioning, fitness, nutrition and related issues. ¶
Maxey, who has been chief of the Tribe's strength and conditioning program for seven years, will visit each big-league club in spring training. He already has served on MLB's strength and conditioning advisory board. He also has been an advisor to the Taylor Hooten Foundation, which educates youngsters on the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. ¶
Before coming to Cleveland, Maxey worked with the Royals organization from 1998-2002. ¶
Maxey graduated from Shawnee State University and earned a masters degree from Ohio State. ¶
In other Indians news, Jake Westbrook completed his stint in the Puerto Rican winter league and reported no pain in his right elbow, which was reconstructed 1 1/2 years ago. In four outings, Westbrook allowed five earned runs and 15 hits in 12 1/3 innings. In his final appearance Tuesday night, he pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks. ¶

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Tribe re-signs Reyes, Miller

By Sheldon Published: December 13, 2009

Just because the Indians did not offer contracts to Anthony Reyes and Adam Miller didn't mean the club was ready to jettison the pitchers. [ep
So one day after non-tendering both players, the Tribe signed each to a minor-league contract, with Reyes' deal including an invitation to major league spring training camp. [ep
Reyes is recovering from right elbow reconstruction surgery performed last June. He began the 2009 season in Cleveland's rotation before being shut down. He is not expected to return to the active roster until at least the All-Star Game break. [ep
Miller has endured a series of operations on his right middle finger, putting his career in jeopardy. Last month, he underwent his third surgery of the year. It is not known when or if he will pitch again, despite being one of the top prospects in the Tribe farm system. [ep
Right-handed reliever Jose Veras also was non-tendered over the weekend but has not been re-signed. [ep

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Indians release names of all minor league staff assignments for 2010 season

By sstorm Published: December 12, 2009

The Cleveland Indians sent out the following press release Friday:

Director of Player Development ROSS ATKINS today announced the remaining staff assignments for the 2010 Player Development System.

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Aeros 2010 staff in place

By sstorm Published: December 11, 2009

The Akron Aeros learned the rest of the team's coaching staff for next season on Friday, a staff featuring a familiar face returning in the role of pitching coach.

Joining manager Joel Skinner in returning to Akron after an absence is pitching coach Greg Hibbard, who previously coached the Aeros for the 2005 and 2007 seasons.

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Indians pick Nagy to be Columbus pitching coach

By Dan Published: December 10, 2009

Charlie Nagy has been hired by the Indians to be the pitching coach for Class AAA Columbus.

Former Columbus pitching coach Scott Radinsky was recently named the Indians' bullpen coach.

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Indians pick up two players and lose two others in Rule V Draft

By sstorm Published: December 10, 2009

For the first time since 2002, the Indians were both buyers and sellers at baseball’s annual Rule V Draft.

Not only hoping to protect their own players as usual, but also open to adding someone from another organization, the Indians selected two players – including right-handed pitcher Hector Ambriz from the Arizona Diamondbacks - and lost two minor leaguers – including former pitching prospect Chuck Lofgren to the San Francisco Giants.

The Indians hadn’t bothered to dip a toe into the buying portion of the draft in seven years. But with the recent trade of catcher Kelly Shoppach, they had the luxury of a vacant spot on their roster.

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Santana and Miller have surgeries

By jcfortun Published: December 9, 2009

Catcher Carlos Santana, heralded as the top prospect in the Indians organization, underwent hand surgery yesterday to remove a fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand.

The Eastern League Player of the Year experienced soreness in the hand and wrist during his short stint in winter ball. The surgery was performed by DR. TOM GRAHAM at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, MD.

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No surprise here, Nunnally named Tribe hitting coach

By sstorm Published: December 9, 2009

In an expected move but one heralded none-the-less, new Tribe manager Manny Acta put the last piece in place on his coaching staff Tuesday morning, naming Jon Nunnally the Indians hitting coach.

A newer name to the organization in having spent just the last three years as a hitting coach in the Indians farm system, Nunnally is not that far removed from playing. The 38-year-old retired after the 2006 season, then quickly jumped into coaching by spending the next two seasons teaching hitting at high Class-A Kinston.

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Gammons leaving ESPN

By jcfortun Published: December 8, 2009

Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons has announced he will be leaving ESPN after the conclusion of the Winter meetings.

Kind of sad to see him go, but he isn't quitting all together. Where will Gammons end up next?

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Indians quiet thus far at the winter meetings

By jcfortun Published: December 7, 2009

There has barely been a whisper online (unfortunately, I'm not there and just perusing the internet at the office) about the Cleveland Indians at this year's winter meetings, which started today.  I only write "barely" because of utility infielder Jamey Carroll.

Carroll hasn't ruled out a Cleveland return, but as writer Anthony Castrovince notes, a return would make him one of the highest paid Indians.

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Carroll has plenty of suitors

By jcfortun Published: December 3, 2009

The Cleveland Indians have interest in bringing back utility infielder Jamey Carroll, but it is far from a lock that he will return to the Tribe.

The Boston Red Sox,  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim , Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland As,  Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Indians have all had more than passing interest according to a tweet by AOL Fanhouse national baseball writer Ed Price.

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Catcher Shoppach traded to Tampa Bay

By sstorm Published: December 1, 2009

With an influx of young catchers in the farm system thanks in part to a bevy of late-season trades last year, the Indians capped a long day of internal movement Tuesday by trading catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named.

Shoppach struggled last season in his first real opportunity to play everyday for the Tribe. He hit just .214 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 RBI and had more strikeouts (98) than games played (89).

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