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Today in Tribe History: January 21, 1899

Lew Fonseca is born in Oakland, California. Fonseca spent a dozen years in the Majors, including parts of five years in Cleveland with the Indians. A part time player for the Cincinnati Reds in his first four seasons, he played in 126 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1925 before joining the Indians after a season with the Newark Bears of the International League. Fonseca spent...

Brewers To Sign Joba Chamberlain

The Brewers have agreed to a deal with veteran righty Joba Chamberlain, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Though it’s not mentioned in the report, it seems likely that the contract is of the minor-league variety. Chamberlain, 31, put up a 2.25 ERA in twenty frames for the Indians last year. Though he allowed only a dozen hits, however, he surely benefited from a .216 BABIP...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
14 hours ago

Yandy Diaz, Bradley Zimmer among eight prospects invited to Indians spring training

Non-roster spring training invites are for more than just relievers. The Cleveland Indians have invited eight internal players to spring training as non-roster invites, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Third baseman Yandy Diaz, first baseman Nellie Rodriguez, outfielders Greg Allen and Bradley Zimmer, infielders Eric Stamets and Ronny Rodriguez, and pitchers Josh Martin and Tyler...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Top prospect Zimmer headlines spring non-roster invites

A handful of jewels from within the Indians' farm system will be in camp with the big league club when the reigning American League champions report to Spring Training. Outfielder Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland's top prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, will be among them.
Via Indians.com
17 hours ago

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 73 – Ricardo Rincon

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day! Countdown to Opening Day – 73 Baseball fans who did not grow up watching the Cleveland Indians with a vested interest at the end of the 1990’s and the beginning of the 2000’s may only know Ricardo Rincon‘s name as the player heavily sought after by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the dramatized...

How will Michael Brantley’s return impact the Cleveland Indians?

Although the Cleveland Indians came within two runs of winning their first championship since 1948, many did not expect the team to even make it to the World Series. While the team ultimately lost in extra innings of Game 7 to the Chicago Cubs, who ended their 108-year title drought, the Tribe still had an unforgettable season. The Indians finished their regular season with a record...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona cracks funny Chris Sale joke

Boston’s addition of Chris Sale is bad news to the AL East, but good news for teams in the AL Central. Terry Francona knows that. The Cleveland Indians manager attended a Boston writers dinner on Thursday night and cracked a funny joke about Sale. Terry Francona, at Boston writers dinner, thanks Dave Dombrowski for getting Chris Sale "the hell out of the Central." Gets standing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...

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!
2 days 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!
2 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
5 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
6 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
15 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
22 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
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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