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Danny Salazar Moved to 60-Day DL to Recover from Surgery on Shoulder Injury

The Cleveland Indians placed Danny Salazar on the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury. Earlier this month, Indians manager Terry Francona offered a positive update about Salazar's rehab...

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Indians sign infielder Brad Miller to major league deal

The Indians almost started the season with Eric Stamets and Max Moroff as their middle infielders. Crisis mostly averted

The Indians have signed veteran infielder Brad Miller to a major league deal, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell. As a corresponding move, the Indians also placed Danny Salazar on the 60-day injured list.

Miller is two injury plagued seasons away from hitting 30 home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays when he was worth a career-high 2.3 fWAR over 152 games. Since that breakout...

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Tyler Griffith

AL Central Preview: Kansas City Royals Edition

The last AL Central team to win the World Series was also one of the worst teams in baseball in 2018. Life comes at you fast.

For a team that has gyrated between mediocrity and atrociousness for the better part of three decades, the Kansas City Royals sure seem to annoy me the most. Maybe it was because of their annoying ability to trip into back to back World Series’ in 2014 and 2015, the latter of which resulted in a championship. Or maybe it was Tom Hamilton’s love affair with Eric...

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N&N: Trevor Bauer makes final start of the spring

Morning news and notes for Sunday, March 24, 2019

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Indians 8, Reds 5

Cleveland.com Recap | Box Score

Bauer had his final start of the spring and went 6.2 innings. He allowed 5 earned runs but he isn’t injured so it’s a win regardless of what the box score says. Kevin Plawecki was a single shy of the cycle, Jake Bauers notched a couple more hits, and Carlos Santana went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.

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Gonzalez to answer outfield questions | MLB

The...

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Trevor Bauer disputes notion he is unhappy not being Opening Day starter

Trevor Bauer once again used his Twitter account to protest something written by Cleveland Indians reporter Paul Hoynes. The Indians announced on Saturday that Corey Kluber would start Opening Day while Bauer would follow him in the rotation. In his opening sentence for a story on the matter, Hoynes said on Cleveland.com that Bauer was “not happy” about Kluber getting the nod. Bauer disputed that characterization and let it be known via Twitter. Indians manager Terry Francona was quoted...

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Indians name Corey Kluber Opening Day starter for fifth straight year

Kluber likely beat out fellow Cy Young candidate Trevor Bauer for the honor. With five days to go until Opening Day, the Cleveland Indians have finally named a starter for when they take on the Minnesota Twins at 4:10 ET. Corey Kluber will take the mound for the fifth straight time as the Tribe’s season opener, moving him into a tie with Stan Covaleski for the most consecutive starts in franchise history. He still needs two more starts to pass Feller’s franchise record of seven total...

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Both Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis will miss opening day, as roster remains unsettled

Morning news and notes, Saturday, March 23, 2019 Unless the Indians are able to dumpster dive from last-minute DFAs, it is looking like the middle infield on opening day will be Eric Stamets and Max Moroff. Yesterday’s Baseball Cleveland 8 - Chicago (NL) 3 Recap | Box Score Hanley Ramirez complicated things for everyone by hitting two homers, and Corey Kluber struck out seven in 5.2 innings. Other Indians News Cleveland Indians have hole in middle of infield: Lindor, Kipnis will miss...

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Justin Grimm opts out of deal with Indians

Righty Justin Grimm has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Indians, the club announced. He’ll head back onto the open market in search of a new deal. Grimm, 30, was looking for a chance to bounce back after a brutal 2018 campaign. He performed well in camp, allowing just one earned run while compiling nine strikeouts and four walks in 8 2/3 innings, but obviously didn’t show the Cleveland organization enough to command a roster spot. While the results haven’t been there of...

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Brewers to sign Alex Wilson

The Brewers are in agreement with free-agent right-hander Alex Wilson, per Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). The 32-year-old opted out of a minor league contract with the Indians earlier this week. Murray tweets that Wilson’s contract is a Major League deal. He’ll be added to the 40-man roster once he passes a physical, which is taking place Friday. Wilson has been a steady member of the Tigers’ bullpen over the past four seasons, working to a combined...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: Francisco Lindor is almost back

Morning news and notes for Friday, March 22, 2019

Happy Friday, everyone!

Indians 3, Rangers 7

Cleveland.com Recap | Box Score

Mike Clevinger got lit up, so obviously the year season is doomed. But Adam Cimber and Brad Hand each had clean innings, so maybe things aren’t so bad after all. Carlos Santana also got a hit and continues to have a scorching hot spring.

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Lindor off and running toward Opening Day | MLB

Our blue haired prince is one step closer (literally and figuratively)...

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Francisco Lindor is now running - Jason Kipnis, once again, is not

Morning News and Notes, March 21, 2019 Yesterday’s Baseball Indians 4 - Angels 2 - Recap | Box Score Carrasco struck out 8 and Jordan Luplow homered Indians 0 - Giants 13 - Recap | Box Score Jason Kipnis left the game with ,,,,,wait for it ....... a tight right calf Other Indians News Lindor off and running toward Opening Day - On Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona said that his shortstop had been out running the bases that morning at a pretty decent effort. Although he may not have...

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Evaluating his value to roster, Cleveland giving Hanley Ramirez more at-bats

Hanley Ramirez has a March 24 opt-out date in his minor league contract with the Indians, tweets Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal. They’ve been trying to get the veteran slugger as many at-bats as possible in a short period of time in order to make their best judgment on whether he can help the club. If Ramirez were to make the roster, he’d serve as a pure designated hitter, thus pushing Carlos Santana into regular first-base duty and moving Jake Bauers into the outfield with...

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Ryan Flaherty opts out of Indians deal; Justin Grimm also weighing options

The Indians announced Wednesday that a pair of veteran non-roster invitees have been informed that they will not make the Opening Day club: right-hander Justin Grimm and infielder Ryan Flaherty. While the club indicated that the pair is weighing opt-out clauses, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Flaherty has already declared his intent to exercise his opt-out provision and will become a free agent. Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that Alex Wilson is also not going to...

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Oscar Mercado will start 2019 in Triple-A and that’s okay

Hey, it’s me your neighborhood “use the young guys” guy here to tell you it’s okay that the Indians aren’t using the young guy here

All Oscar Mercado to do had to was hit, and he’d be a five-tool player.

The 24-year-old acquired at last year’s trade deadline had the speed, outfield ability, and arm to make him an everyday center fielder on most MLB teams when he joined the Indians organization, but throughout this five-and-a-half seasons in the Cardinals system, Mercado had a...

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Mike Trout signs extension with Angels through 2030

Morning N&N for March 20, 2019

Welcome, baseball viewers!

The Angels signed Mike Trout to a very lucrative extension yesterday that still makes him an underpaid baseball player.

And then there was fire.

Indians Outfield Notes

• Matthew Joyce has been released.

• In search of an outfield bat, the Indians officially announced the signing of Carlos Gonzalez. But 538 knows where to find a better outfield bat. We actually beat somebody else out for CarGo!

• Oscar Mercado was sent to...

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Indians release outfielder Matt Joyce

The Indians announced Tuesday that veteran outfielder Matt Joyce has been granted his release from his minor-league contract, making him a free agent. The Cleveland organization informed Joyce late last week that he would not make the big league roster. Joyce will now have the opportunity to seek a landing spot with a little more than a week until the regular season begins. Joyce, 34, had a rough 2018 season with the A’s (.208/.322/.353 in 246 PAs) and didn’t hit much in his limited time...

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Matt Lyons

Let’s Talk Tribe #111: The Voice From Beyond

Should we care about Carlos Gonzalez? Ken Rosenthal isn’t a fan of the Indians, Trevor Bauer should just be like The Rock already, Carlos Santana hates Fortnite, and Cody Anderson will be sweating up Triple-A on Opening Day.

Topics

[0:51] - We got Carlos Gonzalez! ... yay? [5:55] - More Corey Kluber trade rumors. [07:15] - Trevor Bauer getting shot in the nuts, and being his own agent. [9:05] - Merritt hates Game of Thrones confirmed. [10:56] - Ken Rosenthal and convenient trade...

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Padres, Indians still in discussions for Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber

The Padres reportedly have their eyes on a starting pitching and Kluber has been one of their targets throughout the offseason.

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N&N: Tito is ready to win

Morning news and notes for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Indians 1, Padres 3

Cleveland.com Recap | Box Score

Trevor Bauer gave up a few runs, but he went 5.2 innings and notched 9 strikeouts. The bats left a lot to be desired outside of Jose Ramirez’s double, but Jose Ramirez hit a double, so that was cool.

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Francona embraces challenge, intends to win | MLB

Tito’s most recent non-baseball related antics involved jumping out of an airplane, but the Tribe...

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The Indians have a Triple-A outfield problem

The field is crowded, so who’s going to make the cut?

The Cleveland Indians outfield situation has been a key talking point of spring training, and the outfield got more interesting with the announcement of the signing of Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league contract yesterday. Gonzalez isn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day March 28, but could be on the team by early April as long as he passes all his physicals and shows he’s in game shape.

But that’s not the issue here. Lost in...

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