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Brian Hemminger

Bobby Bradley is our No. 7 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 8?

The fans have spoken, and they’ve chosen the Tribe’s top power-hitting prospect.

Slugging first baseman Bobby Bradley is our No. 7 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2019, dropping from his lofty No. 3 ranking last year.

A former third round pick in the 2014 MLB draft out of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Mississippi, Bradley has long been considered the top power-hitting prospect in the Indians farm system.

After winning the rookie league triple crown in 2014, Bradley skipped...

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Cleveland Indians News and Notes for January 16

Morning News and Notes for January 16, 2019

I refuse to let this be another post about unrealistic Corey Kluber trade scenarios, so you guys get a boring headline, and this stuff instead:

• Jonah Keri wrote about the crazy season that LGFT Oliver Drake had, which sent him all over the big leagues, including a brief stint with the Indians.

• Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Castrovince says the Indians need an outfielder. (Or maybe he didn’t. I couldn’t get the sound to play...

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Melvin Upton Jr. says he will go by B.J. again this season

Melvin Upton Jr. intends to continue playing in 2019 despite not making an MLB roster last year, and the veteran outfielder may have a clever why of trying to convince teams he has turned back the clock. If you followed Upton during the best years of his career, you know that he used to go by the nickname B.J. when he was smashing home runs with the Tampa Bay Rays. On Tuesday, Upton announced he is going back to the name he embraced during his prime. Upton has not appeared in an MLB game...

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Brian Hemminger

Yu Chang is our No. 6 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 7?

Chang could see significant time with the Tribe in 2019 and his power could be a difference maker.

The power hitting middle infield prospect formerly known as Yu-Cheng Chang and now known simply as Yu Chang is our No. 6 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2019, improving two spots from his No. 8 ranking last season.

A native of Taiwan signed in 2013, Chang has progressed to a new level each year without having to repeat, landing in Triple-A last season for the first time.

Chang is more than...

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Padres have explored 3-team trade which would send Corey Kluber to Reds

The Padres are after Corey Kluber, but apparently without any intention of keeping him.

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Padres, Reds, Indians have discussed trade scenario involving Corey Kluber

The Padres, Reds and Indians have engaged in discussions regarding a possible three-team trade scenario, according to Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). Precise permutations aren’t known, but the concept at play appears to be one that would send Cleveland ace Corey Kluber to Cincinnati via San Diego. Neither is it clear how serious talks are; Lin does emphasize, though, that no deal is close at present. It seems the driving force here is the Friars’ search for a...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: Leonys Martin is happy to be back in 2019

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, January 15, 2018

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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Martin healthy, grateful for opportunity in ‘19 | MLB

After a scary battle with a life-threatening infection last season, Martin understands that the opportunity in front of him wasn’t always a certainty. Now he’s ready to get back on the field and make an impact with the Cleveland Indians.

Young Cleveland Indians outfielders recognize significant opportunity that lies ahead of them in 2019 |...

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Matt Lyons

Padres only want Corey Kluber to fix third base

You read that right. Sort of

One of the more interesting names to continually pop up in the wheel of Corey Kluber suitors has been the San Diego Padres. Despite last year’s efforts to build around... *checks notes* Eric Hosmer... they still found themselves last in the National League West and one of the worst teams in all of baseball.

So when rumors of them pursuing Corey Kluber arose over and over again, it was... odd. Kluber has three years of control left, yes, but the Padres might...

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Matt Lyons

The arbitration case for — and against — Trevor Bauer

Pay one of your best players an extra $2 million, or go to court? The Indians chose the latter

Things are about to get real petty.

Because the Cleveland Indians could not come to an agreement with Trevor Bauer over the star pitcher’s salary in 2019, the two sides will be heading to arbitration court to let a third-party judge make the decision in February. If you’re not familiar with the process, it’s a pretty bizarre one, and it’s one the Indians have been great at avoiding until...

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Chris D. Davies

Why does Jon Morosi have all the Corey Kluber news?

If you don’t think it’s the Illuminati, take the blindfold from your eyes

If you’re active on baseball Twitter, or maybe an avid viewer of MLB Network, you’ve probably noticed that one guy seems to have all the info on a possible Corey Kluber deal: Jon Morosi.

Kluber, of course, has not been traded, and many have reported that it’s unlikely he will. But even without any real movement, Morosi is an endless fount of “news.” The latest, from Sunday, had the Indians talking with...

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Tyler Freeman is our No. 5 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 6?

Freeman is one of the best pure hitters in the Tribe system, but is still a long ways away. The fans overwhelming sided with stellar-hitting middle infielder Tyler Freeman as the Cleveland Indians No. 5 prospect, improving 11 spots from his No. 16 ranking last season. A second round competitive balance pick in 2017, Freeman had arguably the best offensive season of any Tribe prospect in 2018. Despite playing in short season Mahoning Valley (Low-A), Freeman put up some insane numbers. Freeman...

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Jason Philipps

N&N: Tribe fest a big hit for fans

Here’s to a great week!

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How will fans react to streamlined Cleveland Indians in 2019 | cleveland.com

Another wild Hey Hoynsie. From Paul Hoynes:

Hey, Russ: The Indians have cut payroll this winter and parted with a lot of talented players through trades or free agency. I think they’re still going to be favored to win the AL Central, especially if they keep the starting rotation intact.

In Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez you have two of the best position players in...

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N&N: Leonys Martin speaks on medical scare

News and Notes for Saturday, January 12, 2019

Leonys Martin speaks to the media about the medical scare that nearly killed him, plus a whole lot more!

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Francisco Lindor signs 1-year $10.55 million deal to avoid arbitration with Indians; no deal for Bauer, who is seeking $13 million | cleveland.com - Francisco Lindor saw his salary jump from $623,200 in 2018 to $10.55 million for 2019 as he reached a one-year deal with the Indians to avoid arbitration. Trevor Bauer and the Tribe...

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Zimmer aiming to beat injury return timeline

Indians manager Terry Francona said that the team knew Bradley Zimmer wouldn't be ready to rejoin the club at the beginning of the 2019 season last month at the Winter Meetings. On Friday, Zimmer expressed a different opinion.

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Tribe avoids arbitration with Lindor, not Bauer

MLB.com confirmed Friday evening that the Indians were able to come to terms with shortstop Francisco Lindor to avoid arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $10.55 million contract. But starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and the club were unable to reach an agreement, leaving the possibility for an arbitration hearing between the two for the second consecutive year.

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Matt Schlichting

Indians and Francisco Lindor avoid arbitration, fail to reach deal with Trevor Bauer

Bauer and the Indians will go through the arbitration process for the second consecutive season

The Cleveland Indians and shortstop Francisco Lindor avoided arbitration with a $10.55 million deal this afternoon, but failed to reach an agreement for the second straight season with Trevor Bauer.

Indians and Francisco Lindor agreed to a $10.55 million deal for 2019 to avoid arbitration, per source.

— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) January 11, 2019

Frankie Lindor n team have avoided...

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Indians claim reliever Cole from Yankees

It's been said time and time again this offseason that the Indians need some help in both the outfield and the bullpen. On Friday, Cleveland took another step in an attempt to address one of those needs. The Tribe announced Friday evening that it claimed right-hander A.J. Cole from the New York Yankees.

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Indians avoid arbitration with Francisco Lindor

The Indians have agreed to a 2019 salary with star shortstop Francisco Lindor, Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer reports. Hoynes added t’s a $10.55M deal, checking in just shy of the first-year arbitration-eligible record set last year by Kris Bryant at $10.85M. Lindor had projected to earn $10.2M after a stellar three-plus-season run to open his career in Cleveland. He’ll remain controllable for two more campaigns before reaching free agent eligibility after the end of the 2021 season....

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Brian Hemminger

Ethan Hankins is our No. 4 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 5?

Hankins possesses the highest ceiling arm in the Tribe system, but also some of the highest risk.

Flamethrowing right-handed pitching prospect debuts as our No. 4 Cleveland Indians prospect after being drafted in the compensatory first round o f the 2018 MLB draft at pick No. 35 overall.

With the 18-year-old Hankins, the prospect value comes almost exclusively from the tremendous amount of pre-draft hype he had. At one point, he was projected by ESPN’s Keith Law to be the first player...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: Roberto Perez still slated to be Indians starting catcher

Morning news and notes for Friday, January 11, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Inbox: Who will be the Tribe’s starting catcher? | MLB

Despite the recent acquisition of Kevin Plawecki, barring any major changes, Roberto Perez is still the apparent primary backstop for the Tribe come April.

Around the league David Phelps is headed to Toronto with a new one-year, $2.5 million dollar deal. The Angels avoid arbitration with JC Ramirez and Nick Tropeano. Jed Lowrie and the Mets have...

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