INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

This Is Next Year: Future Trade Bait

The Indians have been looking at trade possibilities in order to improve their bullpen. With that in mind, here’s a quick peek at some of the players who could be involved in a deadline deal. DSL Indians by Joe Coblitz The Dominican Summer League Tribe won three of five this week, but remain behind the DSL Yankees in fourth in the North. All three wins were spurred on by tremendous...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 hours ago

Francisco Lindor has been everything Indians hoped

CLEVELAND — Great expectations were placed upon Francisco Lindor from the moment the Cleveland Indians selected him eighth overall in the 2011 amateur draft. The Indians were confident they had landed a switch-hitting shortstop who could be a cornerstone player, perhaps eventually becoming the face of the franchise. Lindor was just 17 at the time after […] The post Francisco...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 hours ago

Clevinger Takes a Loss, Butler on the Bases, and More in Columbus Clipnotes

The Columbus Clippers have continued to play good baseball in the second half of their season to hold on to a four-game lead in the International League’s West Division as teams enter the weekend. At 55-46, the Clippers hold that lead over the Indianapolis Indians and a four and a half game lead over the third place Louisville Bats. With Friday’s win over the PawSox, the Clippers...

Today in Tribe History: July 23, 1962

The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes in four new members, including two with direct ties to the Cleveland Indians organization. Legendary pitcher Bob Feller and infielder Jackie Robinson, voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, are joined by manager Bill McKechnie and outfielder Edd Roush via Veteran’s Committee selection. Feller’s legacy as an Indian...

Bauer allows 2 HRs, lacks spark; Francona notices

The overall 2016 version of Trevor Bauer remains impressive. The recent vintage, not so much. Facing an Orioles club known for the long ball didn't help in his latest start. Neither did the Indians right-hander's lackluster performance.
Via Indians.com
13 hours ago

Uribe shakes off fastball to head, says he'll be fine

Indians third baseman Juan Uribe left in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-1 loss to the Orioles after being hit in the head by a pitch from O's reliever Odrisamer Despaigne.
Via Indians.com
14 hours ago

Indians OF Brantley hopes to resume baseball activities soon

BALTIMORE (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has responded favorably to a medical procedure on his ailing shoulder and expects to resume baseball activities next week. Brantley was placed on the 15-day disabled list in the middle of May with right shoulder inflammation. He had played in only 11 games this season, going 9 for 39 (.231) with two doubles and seven RBIs. The...
Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians place Colon on DL, recall Anderson

The Indians have been searching for consistency within their bullpen not only in terms of results this season, but also in personnel. The 'pen's revolving door spun again on Friday, when Cleveland was forced to deal with another setback with its relief corps.
Via Indians.com
22 hours ago

First Pitch: Francisco Lindor and the ‘best young shortstop’ debate

Today’s Knuckleball does its best to provide you, the readers, with up-to-date news and analysis, but even we know we can’t possibly cover everything. Luckily, that’s where the rest of the baseball world takes over. With First Pitch, we’ll aim to bring you some of the best content from around the web for your enjoyment. […] The post First Pitch: Francisco Lindor and the...
Via Today's Knuckleball
22 hours ago

Kaminsky Finally Gaining Momentum in Akron

When the Cleveland Indians traded Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for Rob Kaminsky last July, many immediately praised the Indians for making the deal. Moss had largely been a disappointment for the Indians, who had fallen out of contention by the trade deadline, and Kaminsky was actually seen as an overpay by many outlets, including MLB.com. At the time of the trade, Kaminsky...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago

Kaminsky Cruising Along, Zimmer Gets Four Hits, and More in This Week’s ‘Duck Tales

In the first edition of ‘Duck Tales since the Eastern League All-Star break, Akron struggled to get going after the break in action to host the Midsummer Classic at Canal Park. Play resumed the following Thursday as Erie took three out of four before the RubberDucks hit the road for a seven-game road trip. With the first stop in Richmond on Monday, they fell 6-2, but Julian Merryweather...

REPORT: Indians to sign LHP Joe Thatcher to minor league deal

According to a report from Chris Cotillo of SB Nation on Thursday evening, the Cleveland Indians and free agent left-handed relief pitcher Joe Thatcher have come to terms on a minor league deal. Leading to Thatcher recently becoming an unrestricted free agent, the veteran southpaw opted out of his previous minor league pact with the […] The post REPORT: Indians to sign LHP Joe...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Indians OF Rajai Davis had a priceless reaction to a terrible BP pitch

Throwing pitches in batting practice seems like an easy job, but it's not as simple as it sounds. With the best hitters in the world ready to lace one back up the middle at any moment, hiding behind the screen quickly is a must. That can lead to some botched pitches, which you most certainly don't want to throw Rajai Davis' way. His Cleveland Indians teammate Jason Kipnis stumbled...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Are any Cleveland Indians prospects untouchable at the trade deadline?

The Indians are obviously going to be buyers at the deadline, but should there be limits to who they part with? The Cleveland Indians are either "90% done" with a trade for Jonathan Lucroy, or they are sticking to their original plan of going after a reliever and riding out the season with Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez behind the plate. It all depends on what Twitter account you...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians minor league recap: Clippers win in dramatic comeback fashion

And Triston McKenzie. Just... Triston McKenzie. The Columbus Clippers did not want anything easy last night. They took the game to the final out, stayed alive thanks to a dropped ball and won in extra innings. If you were lucky enough to watch it live, you might have high blood pressure, but at least you got some exciting baseball. Down in Low-A, Triston McKenzie continues to look...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Gomes placed on DL

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians catcher Yan Gomes could miss two months after separating his right shoulder.Gomes got hurt Sunday when he took a hard fall while running to first base in Minnesota. The team said Monday that Gomes does not need surgery at this time and that he will be sidelined for at least one month. The 28-year-old had been struggling at the plate, batting just .165 with...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer can't get his drone out of a tree

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer was out having some fun with his drone, but he ended up flying it into a tree, where it became stranded some 60 feet in the air. Bauer wisely asked his Twitter followers for suggestions ... but some of them weren't very helpful. 
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Andrew Miller could be Indians' top trade target

Andrew Miller may be number one on the MLB’s Ten Most Wanted List this trade deadline season. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Monday, the Cleveland Indians, a team very much in need of lefty relief help, may have Miller as their top trade target. Gimenez is favorite of #Indians’ pitchers, and has connected with Bauer. Team’s No. 1 need is LHR,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Cleveland Indians need to do at the deadline

The All-Star break has come and gone and the Cleveland Indians find themselves with the best record in the American League. With a 6.5 game lead in the AL Central, the Tribe have put themselves in prime position to put a stranglehold on the rest of their division. However, making a playoff appearance won’t satisfy the Indians fans that have not seen a World Series title since 1948...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yan Gomes injures shoulder day after sacrifice to Jobu

In an attempt to break out of a season-long slump, the Cleveland Indians sacrificed a chicken to Jobu on behalf of catcher Yan Gomes on Saturday. On Sunday, it became apparent that Jobu did not appreciate that sacrifice. As we told you Saturday, the .163-hitting Gomes sacrificed a fast food chicken to Jobu in the hopes of turning his season around (video here). It didn’t work...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tommy Hunter fractures back while holding his child

Baseball injuries can be incredibly bizarre, and also incredibly sad. Cleveland Indians pitcher Tommy Hunter has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back after he slipped on stairs in his home while carrying his child, Terry Francona told the media on Sunday. He’ll be put on the 15-day disabled list. “He had a little mishap at home during the break,...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

For first time in Francona era, Indians begin second half atop division

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins open the second half of the Major League Baseball season with a three-game series beginning Friday night at Target Field.Despite a 4-6 finish to the first half, the Indians will begin play 6 1/2 games clear of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central and seven games ahead of the Chicago White Sox and...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Cleveland Indians will we see in the second half of the season?

When you think of the Cleveland Indians, you’ll probably think of the fact that they’re in first place and recently had a 14-game win streak. What many people forget is that the Indians were 10-11 after the first month of the season and only 26-24 at the end of May. Will we see the 14-game win streak type Indians or the just over .500 Indians for the rest of the season? Since...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Indians Prospects 2,700 Miles Apart

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen Cleveland Indians prospects in several different places: at the club’s Spring Training complex in Goodyear, Arizona; at the Cal/Carolina League All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, California; in Wilmington, Delaware; and at the Futures Game in San Diego. Below are my notes on some of Cleveland’s most relevant prospects scouted during this brief...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Indians Have Another Rookie of the Year Candidate

The Cleveland Indians had a pretty good rookie last year. Francisco Lindor: pretty good! Led all American League rookies in WAR! Didn’t end up winning the award — that went to Carlos Correa — but, boy, did Lindor have a strong case. Cleveland had been anticipating the arrival of Lindor for some time, as he’d long been viewed as the type of prospect that would make an immediate...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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