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indians non-tender three players, including Hannahan; Kluber has surgery

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 30, 2012

   Jack Hannahan was one of three players with whom the Indians parted company today by failing to offer them contracts for 2013.
  Veteran left-handed reliever Rafael Perez already had been designated for assignment, almost assuring that he would not return. Another lefty reliever, Chris Seddon, also was designated Friday to make room for a player claimed on waivers..
   Undoubtedly General Manager Chris Antonetti’s most difficult decision was what to do with Hannahan, who was the club’s regular third baseman for most of 2011 and 2012. The decision to let go of Hannahan indicates the Tribe is ready to make a commitment to Lonnie Chisenhall,

  Starter Corey Kluber underwent a menisectomy to his right knee Friday at the Cleveland Clinic, with Dr. Rick Parker performing the arthroscopic procedure. .
Kluber is expected to be free to participate in all activities by the time spring exhibition season begins late in February.

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Tribe acquires first baseman on waivers

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 30, 2012

  The Indians made another waiver claim on today, acquiring first baseman Mike McDade from the Blue Jays.
  Last season, McDade, 23, played at Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He batted .275 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 100 games at New Hampshire before being promoted to Las Vegas, where he batted .338 with two homers and 18 RBI in 18 games.
  McDade wss the Jays’ sixth-round pick in the 2007 draft. To make room on the 40 man roster or him, left-hander Chris Seddon was designated for assignment.

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Tribe signs minor-league starter

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 30, 2012

The Indians today signed free-agent right-hander Fernando Nieve to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training camp.

  Nieve, 30, spent the past season at Triple-A Albuquerque, the Tribe-A affiliate of the Dodgers, where he posted a 7-9 record and 5.96  ERA in 25 appearances, including 24 starts.

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Tribe signs reliever to one-year deal

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 30, 2012

 After claiming right-hander Blake Wood on waivers from the Royals on Nov, 2, the Tribe signed him to a one-year deal late Thursday.

 Wood underwent elbow reconstruction surgery last year but is expected at some point to pitch next season. In 2011, he was 5-3 with one save and a 3.75 earned-run average in 55 relief appearances (69 2/3 IP).

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Tribe spring training schedule

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 29, 2012

   The Indians are scheduled to play 36 exhibition games next spring, with the opener set for Feb. 22 against the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.

                               INDIANS SPRING EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
DATE                  OPPONENT              LOCATION  
Feb. 22               Reds                       Goodyear
Feb. 23               Reds                       Goodyear
Feb. 24               Reds                       Goodyear
Feb 24                Brewers                   Maryvale
Feb. 25               Athletics                  Phoenix
Feb. 26               Royals                     Goodyear
Feb. 27               Mariners                  Goodyear
Feb. 28               Rangers                   Surprise
March 1              White Sox                 Goodyear
March 2              Padres                      Goodyear
March 3              Dodgers                   Glendale
March 4              Cubs                        Mesa
March 5              Giants                      Scottsdale
March 6              Dodgers                   Goodyear
March 7              Giants                      Goodyear
March 8               Royals                     Surprise
March 9              Cubs                        Mesa
March 10            Rangers                   Goodyear
March 11            Angels                     Goodyear
March 13            White Sox                Glendale
March 14            Royals                     Goodyear
March 15            Brewers                   Maryvale
March 16            Giants                     Goodyear (7:05PM)
March 17           Reds                        Goodyear
March 18           Brewers                    Goodyear
March 20          Angels                       Tempe
March 21          Diamondbacks            Salt River
March 22           Diamondbacks           Goodyear (7:05PM)
March 23           Mariners                   Peoria
March 24          Cubs                         Goodyear
March 25          Rockies                     Salt River (7:10PM)
March 26          Athletics                   Goodyear
March 27          White Sox                Glendale (noon)
March 28          Padres                     Peoria (noon)
March 29          Royals                     Surprise (noon)
March 30          Reds                       Goodyear (noon)
All games are at 1:05 p.m. Goodyear time unless otherwise noted,

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Masterson elected to high union post

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 29, 2012

   In the biennial vote for Major League Baseball Players Association officers, Indians starter Justin Masterson has been elected alternate association player representative, joining Carlos Villanueva.
   The alternate player rep post ranks one step below the union’s highest elected player position, association player representative, a position held by Curtis Granderson and Jeremy Guthrie.
   One other recent Tribe pitcher, Kevin Slowey, was elected as one of two alternate pension committee representatives. Slowey is currently a free agent.
   The Tribe’s Arizona League shortstop, Dorssys Paulino, 18, was named to the nine-player Topps Short Season/Rookie League Team.
   Paulino batted .355 with 14 doubles, six homers, 30 RBI, an OPS of 1.015 and a slugging percentage of .610 in 41 games in Arizona. Late in the season he was promoted to Mahoning Valley, where he batted .271 with five doubles, one home run, and eight RBI in 15 games.                 

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Minor league staff assignments set

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 29, 2012

   The Indians have completed their minor-league organizational staffing assignments for the 2013 season.
   The minor league field coordinator will be Tom Wiedenbauer, who was the Tribe’s first base coach last season. Ruben Niebla, interim pitching coach in Cleveland the second half of the season, will be minor league pitching coordinator. Hitting coordinator will be Alan Zinter, and the hitting coordinator will be Adam Everett. Travis Fryman returns as a special assistant.
   Chris Tremie, who managed the Aeros last season, is moving up as skipper at Columbus. Phil Clark will be the Clippers’ hitting coach, and Tony Arnold will be pitching coach.
   Taking over as manager at Akron will be Edwin Rodriguez, who last season managed at Class A Carolina. Jim Rickon will be the Aeros’ hitting coach, and Greg Hibbard will be the pitching coach.             
   After managing at “”low A’’ Lake County last season, Dave Wallace will take over managerial duties at Carolina. He will be assisted by hitting coach Rouglas Odor and pitching coach Jeff Harris.
   Carolina’s 2012 hitting coach Scooter Tucker has been elevated to manage Lake County. Steve Karsay will be the Captains’ pitching coach, and Tony Manolino will be the hitting coach.
    Ted Kubiak will manage short season Mahoning Valley. The hitting coach will be Shaun Larkin, but the pitching coach has yet to be determined. The Tribe’s Arizona Rookie League team will be managed by Anthony Medrano, with Scott Erickson the pitching coach and Junior Betances the hitting coach.

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Indians announce player development changes for 2013 season; Tremie, Rodriguez promoted

By Ron Ledgard Published: November 29, 2012

The Indians announced numerous coaching changes for the 2013 season within their minor league system on Thursday. 

Manager Chris Tremie is moving from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus after leading the Aeros to the 2012 Eastern League title and an 82-59 record. Tremie is entering his 8th season in the Indians organization and spent the last two in Akron. Pitching coach Tony Arnold will follow him to Columbus. 

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Indians put Nick Hagadone back on 40-man; Rafael Perez designated

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 28, 2012

  Left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone, who has been on the disqualfied list since July, has been added to the 40-man roster. To make room for him, Rafael Perez has been designated for assignmwnt.

  Hagadone ran afoul of the Tribe when he struck an object with his hand after a poor performance and fractured a bone. The Indians placed him on the minor-league disqualified list, which meant he could not receive his salary or service time.

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Tribe signs utility player; long time coach dies

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 26, 2012

   The Indians today signed free-agent utility player Nate Spears to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training camp.
   Last season, Spears, 27, batted .240 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 108 games at Pawtucket, the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox. He played every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. In April, Spears played three games for Boston in place of Jacoby Ellsbury, who was injured.
   Spears, a left-handed batter, also played in the Orioles’ and Cubs’ organizations.
   The Tribe also outrighted right-hander Fabio Martinez to Columbus on Monday after he was designated for assignment Nov. 20.
   Long time minor-league manager/ pitching coach and consultant Ken Rowe died of pneumonia on Thanksgiving Day after spending 59 years in professional baseball, much of it in the Cleveland organization.
   Rowe, 78, spent 21 years in the Tribe’s player development system as s minor-league coach and last year as an advisor. He was pitching coach at Akron and Canton from 1992-1994 and worked at virtually every level of the Indians’ minor-league system.
   After signing with the Tigers in 1953, Rowe pitched professionally for 15 seasons and worked in the bullpen with the Dodgers and Orioles in the ‘60s.


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Four added to 40-man roster; LaPorta outrighted

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 20, 2012

  The Indians added four players from their farm system to the 40-man roster tonight: outfielder Tim Fedroff, right-handers Chen-Chang Lee and Trey Haley and left-hander T.J. House.
   Fedroff, 25, who probably will be a candidate to make the club in spring training, played last season at Akron and Columbus, batting a combined .316 with 79 runs, 23 doubles, 12 home runs and 54 games in 123 games.
   Lee, 26, underwent right elbow reconstructive surgery June 1 and was limited to five relief outings at Columbus. He has been named the Tribe’s 10th best prospect for 2013 by Baseball America.
   Haley, 22, pitched for both Class A Carolina and Akron and also rehabbed in Arizona after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.  He posted a combined record of 4-1 with a 2.33 earned-run average in 25 relief outings, opposing batters compiling an average of only.188. He also struck out 49 in 38 2/3 innings.
   Haley recently posted s 1.64 ERA in 11 innings in the Arizona Fall League. Baseball America rates his fastball as the best in the Cleveland farm system.
   House, 23, spent last season at Carolina and Akron, combining for a 10-5 record and 3.65 ERA in 27 starts. He also pitched in the Arizona Fall League, posting s 3-1 record and 3.00 ERA in 27 innings, all as a starter.
   To make room on the roster, which now stands at 40, Matt LaPorta and Brent Lillibridge were outrighted to Columbus and right-hander Fabio Martinez was designated for assignment.


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Tribe signs two outfielders to minor-league contracts

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 19, 2012

   The Indians today signed two free agent outfielders to minor-league contracts that include non-roster invitations to big-league spring training camp.

   Matt Carson, 31, spent most of the past season with Rochester, the Triple-A affiliate of   the Twins and batted .282 with 28 doubles, 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 115games. He also was summoned to Minnesota twice -- in August and September -- and batted .227 in 26 games. Carson was chosen in the fifth round of the 2002 draft by the Yankees and has appeared in 72 major-league games with the Twins and Athletics.

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Tribe trades Rogers to Toronto for shortstop, minor-league catcher

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 3, 2012

   COLUMBUS: The Indians today acquired shortstop Mike Aviles and minor-league catcher Yan Gomes from the Blue Jays in exchange for reliever Esmil Rogers. 
Aviles, 31, spent last season as the everyday shortstop of the Red Sox, batting .250 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 136 games. 

   He was traded last week to Toronto in the transaction that allowed Jays manager John Farrell to take the Red Sox managerial position.
   Gomes, 25, spent most of the 2012 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he batted .328 with 13 homers and 59 RBI in 79 games. He also appeared in 43 games for Toronto (including 20 at first base), batting .204 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 98 at-bats.
   Both Aviles and Gomes bat from the right side. Gomes is the first Brazilian player to reach the major leagues.
   The Tribe acquired Rogers from Colorado in mid-June. The hard-throwing right-hander had problems throwing strikes until he got to Cleveland, where he quickly moved up the ladder to become a trusted late-inning reliever. He posted a 3-1 record and 3.06 earned-run average, striking out 54 and walking 12 in 53 innings.


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Indians acquire Mike Aviles for Esmil Rogers

By Ron Ledgard Published: November 3, 2012

The Indians completed a trade today with the Toronto Blue Jays to acquire shortstop Mike Aviles and catcher/infielder Yan Gomes for right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers.

Here is the Indians release on the trade. Check back later on for more on the trade.

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Tribe claims injured pitcher from KC

By Sheldon Ocker Published: November 2, 2012

   Trying to catch lightning in a bottle, the Indians today claimed right-hander Blake Wood on waivers from, the Royals.
   Wood, 27, missed the entire 2012 season with an elbow injury that eventually required surgery.  Wood began to feel pain in his right elbow during spring training and was told he needed reconstructive surgery, which he had on May 25.
   In the two previous seasons, Wood made 106 appearances out of the bullpen and posted a 6-6 record and 4.30 earned-run average in 119 innings. He was an important part of the Kansas City relief corps in 2011, when he went 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 55 games, throwing 692/3 innings.
   Wood was the Royals’ third-round pick in the 2006 draft out of Georgia Tech.
In other moves, the Tribe activated right-handers Josh Tomlin and Carlos Carrasco plus left-hander Rafael Perez from the 60-day disabled list.


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