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Approaching Majors, Zimmer eyes family matchup

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:55:00 EDT

Brad and Kyle Zimmer have talked about it plenty of times. Someday, and perhaps not too far off in the future, the brothers might get to face each other in the Majors. Brad is a fast-rising outfield prospect in the Indians' system, while Kyle is working his way up the Royals' organizational ladder.

Tribe avoids arbitration with five players

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:42:37 EDT

With a depleted pitching staff down the stretch and in the postseason, the Indians relied heavily on their bullpen. Cleveland will do so again this year -- and with a relief corps that will cost more than the team's talented starting rotation.

Indians add Delabar, Banwart to spring camp

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:29:26 EDT

The Indians added a pair of arms to the Spring Training mix on Friday, signing right-handers Steve Delabar and Travis Banwart to Minor League contracts that include invitations to attend camp with the Major League club.

Merritt sent fans thank you notes for wedding gifts

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:19:59 EDT

Merritt sent fans thank you notes for wedding gifts

Encarnacion in for annual Tribe Fest

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:07:55 EDT

The Indians added an impact bat to their offense with the signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The first baseman has also joined the planned lineup for Tribe Fest later this month.

Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDT

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

Indians avoid arbitration with Bauer, Otero

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:25:42 EDT

The Indians' first arbitration cases avoided were right-hander Trevor Bauer and reliever Dan Otero, who agreed to one-year contracts for the 2017 season on Thursday.

Edwin's deal, arb-eligibles boost Tribe payroll

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:02:57 EDT

With a roster built to not only contend right now, but for the next few years, the Indians' ownership opted to step outside its comfort zone in an effort to seize the franchise's momentum. The signing of Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal marked the largest free-agent deal in club history, increased the Tribe's payroll dramatically, and served as a statement that Cleveland will put its foot on the accelerator in an opportunistic environment.

Indians announce spring broadcast schedule

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:05:53 EDT

A little more than one month remains until the Indians officially renew their quest for World Series glory. When Spring Training does arrive, Cleveland will see the World Series champion Cubs twice within its Cactus League slate, with both games scheduled to be televised. On Tuesday, the Indians announced their TV and radio plans for the spring, noting that eight games are set to air on SportsTime Ohio as part of the preseason coverage.

Tribe could promote prospect Zimmer in 2017

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:00:00 EDT

Cleveland's financial resources now appear to be tapped out for major additions, but the team could still use help for the outfield. Maybe that will lend itself to this bold prediction: Top prospect Bradley Zimmer will make the Opening Day roster.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:27:47 EDT

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

Indians' Top 30 Prospects list

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:16:03 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's Prospect Watch.

Big leagues on horizon for Tribe prospect Diaz

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:59:01 EDT

There was a point last year when Yandy Diaz nearly got the call to Cleveland. With one vacancy on the roster and a month to play in the regular season, the Indians were discussing whether to add the prospect for the push to the playoffs.

Former Indians pitcher Brown dies at 73

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:04:25 EDT

Former Rangers pitcher Jackie Brown, who was known as the "Oklahoma Curveballer" and later became a Major League pitching coach for three organizations, has passed away after a long illness. He was 73.

Indians view Edwin as more than power hitter

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:10:35 EDT

Edwin Encarnacion is a rare breed of power hitter. Not only can the newest member of the Indians launch home runs at a high rate, but he has also shown the ability to control the strike zone well enough to avoid the feast-or-famine streaks that often plague sluggers.

Tribe looks to follow in footsteps of KC, Cubs

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:38:10 EDT

The Indians will try to follow in the footsteps of the Royals and Cubs, who won the last two World Series one season after coming up just short.

Edwin: Indians have 'best chance' to win WS

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:48:03 EDT

It is being described as the perfect fit. The Indians craved right-handed power, and Edwin Encarnacion offered that in surplus. Encarnacion wants to win, and he watched Cleveland take down his former Blue Jays last October to clinch a spot in the World Series.

Brantley's return key to Cleveland's '17 outfield

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:43:30 EDT

The signing of Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract on Thursday likely brings an end to any lucrative free-agent additions for the Tribe. That means that Cleveland is counting heavily on a healthy return from left fielder Michael Brantley.

Castro: Tribe hoping for huge return on EE investment

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:11:12 EDT

The term Indians team president Chris Antonetti used to describe the $60 million investment that the ownership made in Edwin Encarnacion was "leap of faith." Perhaps, because this press conference was almost immediately followed by another -- the one announcing that Billy Joel will be playing Progressive Field this summer -- "A Matter of Trust" would have been more apt.

Cuyahoga River of Dreams: Joel to play Progressive Field

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:03:43 EDT

Larry Doby Jr. was once tasked with the job of helping rock legend Billy Joel warm up for a show. The son of the Indians great put on a baseball glove and the two played catch, preparing Joel for a ceremonial first pitch in front of Tribe fans at Progressive Field.

Inbox: What's OF look like without Rajai?

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:17:53 EDT

What are the Indians' outfield options without Rajai Davis? Is Michael Brantley's injury worse than the Tribe is saying? Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.

Edwin meets Cleveland at the Cavs game

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 21:48:53 EDT

Edwin meets Cleveland at the Cavs game

For Doby Jr., life and career to come full circle

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:19:47 EDT

Center field at the Indians' home park was once Larry Doby's domain, the place where the man who integrated the American League established himself as a seven-time All-Star and Hall of Famer. But come July, it will be a different Doby out in center -- not breaking down a barrier, but setting up a stage.

Watch Griffey, Bonds and Lofton dunk in these videos

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:49:44 EDT

Watch Griffey, Bonds and Lofton dunk in these videos

Indians farm director Harris fitting in

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:57:02 EDT

Organizations are continually looking for ways to better develop talent and the Indians, with the recent hiring of James Harris as farm director, are focusing efforts on the body -- both physically and mentally.

Tribe has path paved for repeat run in 2017

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:50:05 EDT

The Indians like how they are situated, coming off a division championship, the American League pennant and pushing the Cubs to the limit in the World Series. As the club plans for next year, there is comfort in knowing that most of the roster is returning, and with more experience.

Relief is sweet, but don't overlook rotation

Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:03:29 EDT

While the Chicago Cubs were putting an end to a 108-year World Series championship drought in 2016, the baseball public became engrossed with the way managers Terry Francona of the Indians and Joe Maddon of the Cubs turned the seven-game Series into a chess match with bullpens.

Game 7 capped '16 with magical masterpiece

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:56:26 EDT

The 4-hour, 28-minute Game 7 was an instant classic, but it was a messy masterpiece. And in it, the weight of history, the urgency of the occasion, the authority of Mother Nature and the two clubs that were, unpredictably, evenly matched all congealed in a landscape of awesome absurdity.

6 surprising Hall ballot one-and-done hitters

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:50:47 EDT

This is Tim Raines' 10th and final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot, and the campaigning for Rock has been strong. But there will also be, inevitably, those among the candidates who never get that full run of chances. There is a host of one-and-dones through the decades of Hall of Fame voting, some more surprising than others. takes a look at some of the players who missed the five-percent cutoff -- despite comparing favorably to certain Hall of Famers.

Budding star Mejia represents future for Tribe

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Francisco Mejia was the centerpiece of the five-player deal, which ultimately fell apart on the eve of the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, when Jonathan Lucroy used his no-trade clause to block the transaction. Mejia would have headed to Milwaukee as a prized prospect, and that grabbed the attention of Cleveland fans who knew little about this young catcher.

Tribe's Diaz among top winter league performers

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:48:25 EDT

There were high expectations for Stone Garrett ahead of his 2016 full-season debut with Class A Greensboro. However, the Marlins' No. 7 prospect would appear in only 35 games before a practical joke by then-teammate Josh Naylor resulted in right thumb laceration and subsequent surgery that kept the 21-year-old outfielder out of action until mid-August.

Indians battled to final inning in memorable 2016

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:45:13 EDT

The Indians wanted to give the city of Cleveland a second parade in a single year. Against all odds, with an injury-riddled roster, they nearly got it done, too.

Most amazing American League games of 2016

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:43:22 EDT

The American League champion Indians were just one of 15 teams in the AL, and each one had its own Game of the Year. In consultation with the beat reporters for every team, here are the best individual games for each AL club during another fantastic year in Major League Baseball.

Carrasco giving back in both Venezuela, US

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:45:00 EDT

While Carlos Carrasco watches his children open presents this Christmas, there will be hundreds of others enjoying gifts on behalf of the Indians pitcher. In fact, Carrasco's kids were a part of the process, as their home in Tampa, Fla., was transformed into a makeshift toy store in recent weeks.