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The Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles.

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said a few weeks ago that he was undecided on Aviles and his $3.5 million option, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the team is leaning toward bringing him back. Aviles hit just .247/.273/.343 last season but appeared at six different positions and offers a veteran presence. The Indians don't officially have to make a decision on the 33-year-old until three days after the end of the World Series.
Oct 22 - 11:05 PM

Indians prospect Jordan Smith delivered a walkoff RBI double to provide a much-needed 4-3 victory for Peoria over Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League action on Saturday.

In was Smith's lone hit in five at-bats on the evening. The 24-year-old outfielder is looking to improve his stock in Arizona after a disappointing 2014 campaign in which he hit just .248/.300/.331 with a pair of homers and 50 RBI in 126 games at Double-A Akron.
Oct 19 - 5:34 PM

The Indians have given Jason Kipnis a different offseason conditioning program in hopes that he'll lose some weight and add some flexibility.

Kipnis bulked up last winter in hopes of adding more power. The plan backfired, as his bat and foot speed both dropped, leading to a very disappointing season. A nagging oblique injury also was a major factor, but the Indians hope a slimmer Kipnis will bounce back to his All-Star form in 2015.
Oct 19 - 9:46 AM

Mark Lowe has elected free agency.

The 31-year-old right-hander appeared in seven games with the Indians during the 2014 season, registering a 3.86 ERA, 2.29 WHIP and 6/6 K/BB ratio. He'll look to secure a minor league deal with a spring training invitation elsewhere.
Oct 12 - 8:15 PM

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said last week that the team is undecided on whether it will pick up Mike Aviles' $3.5 million option for 2015.

They'll need to decide within three days after the World Series. "We'll go through our meetings and make sure we make the decision in time," Antonetti said. Aviles, 33, has hit just .250/.277/.356 over the last two seasons in Cleveland but adds value with his versatility. However, with top prospect Francisco Lindor nearly ready for a big league job, the Indians could slide Jose Ramirez into Aviles' utility role if they wish to save some money.
Oct 10 - 9:34 AM

T.J. House allowed one run over five innings in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Rays.

House gave up just five hits on the afternoon, with Sean Rodriguez' solo home run counting as the only run against him. The win moved him to 5-3 with a 3.35 ERA through 102 innings this year. House may have inserted himself into the starting rotation discussion in Cleveland next year with his strong performance in 2014.
Sep 28 - 5:12 PM

Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 7 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Rays.

Carrasco got no help from the Indians' offense and was stuck with his seventh loss of the year despite yielding only four hits and striking out 10. The 27-year-old right-hander registered a 1.69 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 117 strikeouts over his final 112 innings this season and could be a sneaky fantasy ace in 2015.
Sep 27 - 10:35 PM

Michael Brantley collected his 200th hit of the season in the Indians' loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Brantley is the first Indians player to reach 200 hits since Kenny Lofton in 1996 and he's the first player in franchise history to tally 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in a single season. It's been a huge breakout campaign for the 27-year-old outfielder, who's batting .327/.385/.506 with 97 RBI in 156 games.
Sep 27 - 9:06 PM

Danny Salazar will not take his final turn in the Indians' starting rotation.

T.J. House will start in Salazar's place. With the Indians' season coming to an end after Sunday, the team feels that Salazar has pitched enough this year. He was 6-8 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP on the season, and is a lock for a rotation spot in 2015.
Sep 27 - 4:30 PM

Jason Kipnis (hamstring) will not play for the rest of the season.

Kipnis has been dealing with a hamstring strain since mid-September and with only two games remaining in the Indians' season, he's being shut down for good. Kipnis registered a disappointing .240/.310/.330 batting line with six homers and 22 stolen bases in 129 games this year. He hit .284/.366/.452 with 17 homers and 30 steals in 149 games last year.
Sep 27 - 4:10 PM

Jose Ramirez blasted a solo home run in the second inning on Friday, powering the Indians to a 1-0 victory over the Rays.

Ramirez tagged Chris Archer with a solo shot to right field in the second inning, which would wind up being the only run scored in an extreme pitcher's duel. He has taken the reigns of the shortstop position since trading Asdrubal Cabrera away, but has hit just .249/.291/.332 with two homers and 16 RBI. He's merely keeping the seat warm for Francisco Lindor.
Sep 26 - 9:57 PM

Cody Allen retired all three hitters that he faced on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage against the Rays and securing his 24th save of the season.

He has certainly been a bright spot in the ninth inning for the Tribe this season, registering a 2.07 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 91/26 K/BB mark over 69 2/3 frames. He should be expected to open the 2015 season in the closer's role for Terry Francona.
Sep 26 - 9:53 PM

Corey Kluber strengthened his candidacy for the American League Cy Young award with Friday’s victory over the Rays, scattering just five hits over eight scoreless innings.

Kluber amassed 11 strikeouts in the dominant effort while walking two. It marked the 11th time this season that the 28-year-old hurler has struck out 10 or more hitters in a game. He finishes his phenomenal 2014 campaign with an 18-9 record, 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 269/51 K/BB ratio over 235 2/3 innings. While Felix Hernandez has long been the front-runner for the hardware, the Klubot has definitely made it interesting.
Sep 26 - 9:50 PM

Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer Wednesday to help the Indians past the Royals 6-4.

The Indians remain alive, if only barely. Gomes' homer was his 21st, and it gave him 74 RBI. The only catchers with more homers are Devin Mesoraco (25), Brian McCann (23) and Evan Gattis (22). The only ones with more RBI are Buster Posey (86) and Mesoraco (78).
Sep 24 - 11:03 PM

Travis Bauer surrendered four runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Royals.

Bauer was spotted a three-run lead in the first, but he couldn't make it stand up. After three strong frames, he allowed three singles and a walk in the fourth and then four more hits before being pulled in the fifth. Bauer ends his first mostly full season 5-8 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 153 innings (26 starts). That's not great, but the 143 strikeouts were encouraging, as was the fact that Bauer avoided any real meltdowns like those he experienced in his few opportunities in 2012 and '13. He should be a lock for a spot in next year's rotation, and he'll be a breakthrough candidate.
Sep 24 - 10:59 PM

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