Player News - Indians

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According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are "keeping tabs" on free agent reliever Joe Smith.

They're also said to be monitoring the markets for Addison Reed, Bryan Shaw, and left-hander Mike Minor. Smith is a favorite of former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who became the Mets' manager earlier this month. The sidearming right-hander registered a sharp 3.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 71/10 K/BB ratio in 54 innings this past season between Toronto and Cleveland.
Nov 23 - 1:34 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears the Mets are making a play for free agent reliever Bryan Shaw.

Puma adds that "it wouldn't be surprising if the Mets moved soon" on adding a new bullpen piece. Shaw boasts a career 3.13 ERA over 475 major league appearances and has been among the most durable and reliable relievers in baseball over the last four seasons. The 30-year-old right-hander would make sense for just about any club seeking relief help.
Nov 22 - 3:39 PM

Indians signed INF Drew Maggi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Maggi spent the 2017 season with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, where he hit .271/.367/.392 with five homers and seven steals in 84 games. The 28-year-old utility infielder will likely open 2018 at Triple-A Columbus.
Nov 22 - 12:12 PM

Indians signed RHP Leonel Campos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Campos was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster earlier this month and elected to become a free agent. The 30-year-old right-hander holds a pedestrian 4.74 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 38 career relief appearances at the major league level.
Nov 22 - 12:10 PM

Indians signed LHP Jeff Beliveau to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Beliveau posted an ugly 7.47 ERA in 19 appearances out of the Blue Jays' bullpen this past season. The 30-year-old southpaw is doubtful to crack the Indians' roster out of camp next spring.
Nov 22 - 12:06 PM

Indians purchased the contract of SS Eric Stamets from Triple-A Columbus.

Stamets, 26, hit .259/.336/.463 with 16 longballs and 10 stolen bases between Double- and Triple-A in 2017. He's now on the Indians' 40-man roster.
Nov 20 - 5:16 PM

Indians purchased the contract of RHP Julian Merryweather from Triple-A Columbus.

Merryweather, 26 posted a 5.32 ERA between Double- and Triple-A in 2017 but did have a 128/35 K/BB ratio across 128 2/3 innings. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:14 PM

Indians purchased the contract of SS Yu-Cheng Chang from Double-A Akron.

Chang, 22, batted .220/.312/.461 with 24 homers and 11 steals for Akron this past season. He's now on the 40-man roster.
Nov 20 - 5:12 PM

Indians purchased the contract of SS Willi Castro from High-A Lynchburg.

Castro, 20, hit .290/.337/.424 with 11 homers and 19 steals for Lynchburg this season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:11 PM

Indians designated LHP Dylan Baker for assignment.

Baker posted a 2.84 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings for Double-A Akron in 2017 after returning from Tommy John surgery. He's now off the 40-man roster.
Nov 20 - 5:08 PM

Indians designated LHP Kyle Crockett for assignment.

The move frees up a 40-man roster spot. Crockett holds a 3.44 ERA and 62/23 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 career innings and could draw some interest on waivers.
Nov 20 - 5:07 PM

Indians claimed INF/OF Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Blue Jays.

It's his third team since the midseason trade deadline, as the Blue Jays acquired him via trade from the Yankees in July. Refsnyder has hit only .233/.306/.311 during his chances in the majors, but he's hit well in the minors and is versatile.
Nov 20 - 5:05 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Carlos Santana is "drawing continued interest" from the Red Sox and Phillies.

The Red Sox are an obvious match since they have an opening at either first base or designated hitter, while the fit with the Phillies is more difficult to figure out since they have Rhys Hoskins at first. Santana, who will turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs for the Indians this past season. The Mets and Mariners have also been connected to him.
Nov 19 - 3:04 PM

1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:46 AM

The BBWAA announced Wednesday that Corey Kluber was named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

He received 28-of-30 first-place votes en route to his second career Cy Young Award. Chris Sale finished second with the other two votes, and Luis Severino finished third. This was Sale's award to lose up until August, but a strong finish by Kluber along with Sale's struggles to finish the season turned the tide. The 31-year-old right-hander had another stellar season for the Indians, with a 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts in just under 204 innings while leading Cleveland to another AL Central title.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 15 - 6:20 PM


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