INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Francona on Encarnacion: I didn't think there was a chance

BOSTON (AP) When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster. ''I didn't think there was a chance to even talk to Edwin,'' Francona said on Thursday in his first comments since the AL champs signed Encarnacion to a three-year, $65 million deal this...
Via Associated Press
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Five Tribe games slated for national TV

A nationwide audience got to know the Indians better throughout the team's memorable October run to the World Series last fall. That trend will continue for the reigning American League champions this season, when at least five of the team's games will be broadcast nationally.
Via Indians.com
6 hours ago

Indians and Guyer Agree to Two-Year Extension with Club Option for 2019

When the party starts again at Progressive Field in 2017, the Cleveland Indians will have their human piñata back in uniform and ready for action. The team announced on Wednesday that it had come to terms on a two-year contract extension for the 2017 and 2018 seasons with outfielder Brandon Guyer with a club option for 2019. The contract buys out his final two years of arbitration...

Improved Ramirez Wore Many Hats and Lost Many Helmets in Impressive 2016 Season

It is easy at times to forget that Jose Ramirez is only 24 years old, especially after arguably the single most surprising contribution among those to take the field for the Cleveland Indians in 2016. The incredible and memorable season for the Tribe was made all the more possible due to the heroic breakout efforts of Ramirez in all facets of his game. The versatile Ramirez wore...

Today in Tribe History: January 19, 1937

In a very Cleveland-centric Hall of Fame vote, three former members of the American League franchise are elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America as part of the second election. Needing 151 votes for induction, Nap Lajoie led the way with 168 total votes. He spent 13 of his 21 MLB seasons in Cleveland with the Bronchos and then...

Cleveland Indians sign Brandon Guyer to two-year deal with 2019 option

I like it. The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a multi-year extension with outfielder Brandon Guyer that will keep the 30-year-old right-handed hitter under team control through 2019. Guyer will earn $2 million in 2017 and $2.7 million in 2018, and the Tribe will then have a $3 million team option for 2019, with a $250,000 buyout if they decline the option. Indians beat writer Jordan...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Erik Gonzalez is our No. 14 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 15?

Gonzalez has little left to prove in AAA yet nowhere to go in Cleveland. Erik Gonzalez found his way to Cleveland in 2016 and made his MLB debut on July 16 against the Minnesota Twins. He pinch hit late in the game and promptly struck out. His first MLB hit would come 3 days later against the Royals, and his next hit wouldn't come until September 27 where he went 3-for-3 against...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista returns to the Blue Jays after testing free agency

Jose Bautista is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays after all.Bautista, 36, rejected the team’s one-year qualifying offer in November that would have paid him $17.2 million in the 2017 season. Instead, he opted to test the free-agent market, which wasn’t as lucrative as he expected.Limited to 116 games by injuries last season, Bautista hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 homers, 24 doubles...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

From reality TV to the Grammys: Talent show contestants with Grammy nominations

"American Idol," the titan of reality TV talent shows, ended its 15-year run in 2015 but not before it completely changed the landscape of television as we know it. Not only did it fill the pockets of television executives, dozens of singers and musicians have lived their dreams because of these shows. But this is not a recent phenomenon. Amateur contests on television have a history...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Bautista nearing deal to return to Blue Jays

Jose Bautista appears to be on the verge of returning to Toronto. According to a report by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com on Sunday, the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner for the six-time All-Star slugger with the two sides said to be nearing a deal. Source: #BlueJays have emerged as the front-runner for Jose Bautista. He's nearing a deal with the club. #Toronto @mlb —...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are capitalizing on their opportunity

This week, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network ranked the Cleveland Indians atop his early 2017 MLB power rankings after the signing of slugger Edwin Encarnacion. On Saturday, he tweeted that the Indians may not be finished signing big named players this offseason. According to Rosenthal, the Indians are “staying in touch” with free agents, including Jose Bautista if his “price drops...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yu-Cheng Chang is our No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 10?

And he would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for that meddling Francisco Lindor. Last year, Yu-Cheng Chang was ranked #14 in the LGT prospect rankings, and despite having a solid 2016, has risen just slightly to the #9 spot for 2017. But if we're being honest, the reason that he is often overlooked in the Cleveland Indians' system is because of the presence of one man: Francisco...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion has attendance bonuses in his new Indians contract

Professional sports contracts have all sorts of different bonuses, including for difference performance related items, being on the roster on a certain date, etc. But for new Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion, he has a bonus in his contract which isn’t necessarily new, but is quite unique in today’s sports world. Encarnacion’s three-year, $60 million contract has...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians Have Been Getting After it in the Gym This Off-Season

The Cleveland Indians came so close. Up 3 games to 1 over the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series, the Tribe needed just one more win to bring home their first World Series championship since 1948. With a pitching staff decimated by injuries, a World Series trophy would be all the more impressive. Even when the series sat tied at 3 games apiece, even when the Cubs were up three...
Via Stack
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnación Finds a Home in Cleveland

Cleveland would come within one game of winning the 2016 World Series. They would do so despite not having Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco starting their postseason games. Against the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, that’s no small feat. Oh, and remember Michael Brantley? The outfielder would put up MVP-like numbers in 2014, and follow-up with a very similar...
Via The Sports Post
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Apparently Corey Kluber throws baseballs at coyotes to scare them away

Corey Kluber is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Now he is bringing his talents to the hunting world and tracking down some coyotes with the same fastball that strikes out American League hitters. Yes, that is a real sentence. From someone close to situation: Corey Kluber recently got rid of coyote in backyard of new Mass. home w fastball to animal's ribs. #legend...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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