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No urgency for Tribe as Winter Meetings wrap

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:43:44 EDT

The Indians are not the kind of team that can overreact on the open market and throw huge contract offers around. Cleveland's approach involves being patient and finding the kind of cost-effective deals that can complement what is already a strong roster.



Indians add lefty Milner in Rule 5 Draft

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:17:06 EDT

The Indians selected lefty Hoby Milner with the 15th pick in the Rule 5 Draft. Cleveland grabbed Milner off the Triple-A roster of the Phillies and will bring the reliever to Spring Training with a chance to win a job in the Tribe's Opening Day bullpen.



Tribe taking patient approach in 1B search

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:19:40 EDT

Heading into this offseason, the Indians knew that patience might be the most prudent approach for this winter's crop of first basemen. It is the approach that has helped the club emerge as a contender for free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.



Win-now Indians stand out in AL Central

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:45:07 EDT

Looking to the future seems to be the sudden trend within the AL Central. The lone exception is the AL-champion Indians, who are built to win now and conceivably for the next several seasons.



Indians schedule Tribe Fest '17 for Jan. 28

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:37:35 EDT

Each winter when Tribe Fest arrives, Indians fans know that another season is right around the corner. Cleveland's followers can now mark their calendars and begin counting down the day's until the team's marquee offseason event. On Wednesday, the American League-champion Indians announced that Tribe Fest 2017 will be held from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland.



Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:55 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.



Length of deal sticking point for Napoli, Tribe

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:48:25 EDT

Mike Napoli would love to keep the party going in Cleveland for two more seasons. The free-agent slugger is just waiting for the Indians to come calling with the kind of multi-year contract that will convince him to re-sign as their first baseman.



Needing OF depth, Tribe could re-sign Davis

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:08:51 EDT

Adding a first baseman is a priority for the Indians this offseason, but Cleveland is also exploring the market for added depth in the outfield. Versatility and speed are the main attributes sought by the Tribe, which received just that from veteran Rajai Davis last season.



Bolstering offense a priority for Indians

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:40:19 EDT

Free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion fits precisely what the Indians need. The problem is the cost, which exceeds the range in which Cleveland typically operates.



Indians connected to slugger Encarnacion

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:01:21 EDT

The market for free-agent designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion continues to be fluid as the Winter Meetings get underway. The Rangers and Indians are expressing interest in the 33-year-old slugger, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and Yahoo's Jeff Passan, respectively.



Miller not yet sure if he'll pitch for Team USA

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:52:22 EDT

Andrew Miller nearly helped the Indians to a World Series title, and now the relief ace is weighing whether to help Team USA go for gold in the World Baseball Classic in March.



Indians' Top 30 Prospects list

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:05:55 EDT

Who do the Indians have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Cleveland's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.



Swain named Fishel Award winner

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:24:07 EDT

Bart Swain, the Indians' director of baseball information, was honored at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md., on Monday with this year's Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence.



Indians honor Forde's honor with unique auction items

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:16:52 EDT

The Indians are thrilled to participate in the fifth annual Play Ball Charity Auction, especially since it will honor the memory of Shannon Forde.



Lindor commits to World Baseball Classic

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:16:08 EDT

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players, spanning 16 countries, who are confirmed to be participating in this year's tournament.



Zimmer, Allen on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:00:09 EDT

The Arizona Fall League announced it's official Top Prospects Team on Monday. Selected by Fall League managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who distinguished themselves throughout the league's six-week schedule against other top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball.



Ramirez earns Bob Feller Man of Year Award

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:24:28 EDT

Jose Ramirez's breakout season has earned him special recognition by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which named him the recipient of the 2016 Bob Feller Man of the Year Award. Indians manager Terry Francona was also honored with the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy Award.



Indians' longtime press box supervisor gets 'Popper' honor

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:02:04 EDT

John Krepop only informed a select few people that he was calling it a career and moving to Florida. In the days following Game 7 of the World Series, word began to spread that the Indians had just played their final game with the man affectionately known as "Popper" watching from the Progressive Field press box.



Indians non-tender reliever Manship

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:34:45 EDT

The offseason is not only a time for clubs to search for external additions, but also to evaluate the escalating cost of the roster already in place. Right now, Cleveland's front office is weighing how to approach their nine players who are eligible for arbitration this winter.



Francona to miss Winter Meetings after hip surgery

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:39:58 EDT

MLB.com confirmed on Thursday night that Indians manager Terry Francona will miss the Winter Meetings while recovering from right hip surgery.



Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:15:09 EDT

Major League Baseball's players and owners have reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season.



Indians invite Martinez, Kratz to Spring Training

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:57:53 EDT

On Thursday, the Indians signed both Michael Martinez and catcher Erik Kratz to Minor League contracts that include invitations to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.



Antonetti named Baseball America's top exec

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:34:11 EDT

For his part in the Indians' success, Chris Antonetti has been named the Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America. The roster constructed by Antonetti and his front-office team -- a cast built mostly through trades and the MLB Draft -- captured the franchise's first division title since 2007 and first American League pennant since '97, and then engaged in an historic seven-game Series with the Cubs.



The Next Big Leaguers: Indians' Zimmer

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:33:11 EDT

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.



Indians' season of giving continues at holiday

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:00:00 EDT

As winter threatened and some snowflakes floated down towards the outfield grass, a section of dormant Progressive Field was warm with activity Sunday afternoon. Children chased mascots and families sat down to share a meal, while overlooking the Indians' home field.



Tribe signs Robertson, outrights Martinez

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:22:48 EDT

Having versatility and depth is a priority for the Indians each offseason. A pair of roster moves on Wednesday were made with both aspects in mind.



Trio of Indians among Top 25 Fall League prospects

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:39:49 EDT

Jim Callis identifies the top 25 prospects from the 2016 Arizona Fall League.



5 reasons for Indians fans to be thankful

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:40:16 EDT

The Indians came up just short in the Fall Classic against the Cubs, but there are a number of reasons for Tribe fans to be hopeful about Cleveland's chances for creating more October memories in seasons to come. Here are five reasons for fans to be thankful about how the Indians are situated for this offseason and the future.



Manny makes Hall of Fame ballot debut

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:07 EDT

A hitting machine from the right side of the plate who also happened to be one of the most unforgettable characters of his era, Manny Ramirez is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.



Veteran catcher Gimenez opts for free agency

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:34:03 EDT

There are unsung heroes for every team each season. For the Indians, catcher Chris Gimenez filled that role this year, stepping up amidst injuries and providing a veteran voice behind the scenes for a team that went on to reach the World Series.



Blake gets first shot on Hall of Fame ballot

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:15:44 EDT

The big names on the Hall of Fame ballot can obscure some of the others who are eligible for the first time. While it's likely that none of them will wind up in Cooperstown they still have accomplishments that are worth celebrating.



Allen, Chang among breakout prospects from Fall League

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:56:16 EDT

Many players had what could be considered breakout AFL campaigns. Here's a group of 10 of the best. There might be some crossover with the Top 20 prospects list coming on Tuesday, but it's largely a group of names everyone should get to know a bit better based on how they played this fall.



Tribe's big '16 rewarded with 6 MLB Awards

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:43:33 EDT

It was a rousing run for the 2016 Indians. An injury-riddled, low-payroll club not only came away with the American League Central, but then they also beat up on two AL East juggernauts to claim the AL pennant and played an epic seven-game World Series against the 103-win Cubs.



Miller honored after revolutionizing playoffs

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:43:07 EDT

Andrew Miller wasn't just a player in the unforgettable 2016 postseason. He was a bit of a revolution. The lanky, bearded phenomenon of a left-handed relief pitcher somehow managed to transcend mere accomplishment on the field of play to become an emblem of a sea of change in the sport, one that we should be seeing more and more of in future Octobers.



Lindor, Davis take home MLB Awards

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:58:43 EDT

Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor and Rajai Davis were dressed to the nines to claim two awards at the Esurance MLB Awards reception at New York City's Chelsea Market on Thursday night.