Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

Indians selected LHP Hoby Milner from the Phillies with the No. 15 pick in the Rule 5 draft.

The Indians needed a second lefty in their pen behind Andrew Miller last year, and here's the possibility of a cheap one to use as a specialist. Milner had a 2.49 ERA and a 76/15 K/BB ratio in 65 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. There's no real upside here, but he's ready to compete for a gig.
Dec 8 - 10:31 AM

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians met with Mike Napoli's representatives on Monday.

The Indians are said to be trying for a one-year deal, but obviously Napoli's representatives are trying to do better elsewhere. Interestingly, Bastian hears that Napoli may have already signed with the Indians if they were willing to go two years. There's a chance that could still happen, but another team could jump into the mix to give him what he wants.
Dec 6 - 11:38 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

There was a recent report indicating that one Mariners official didn't see Napoli as a fit for their roster, as they'd prefer to give Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base and pair him with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner, but they are apparently keeping an eye on things depending on how his market goes. The Indians remain interested in bringing him back while the Red Sox and Rangers are among the other possible fits.
Dec 6 - 8:53 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is slated to resume swinging a bat in late December.

Brantley had a lost 2016 season following a pair of shoulder surgeries, but the hope is that he's ready for the beginning of spring training. Still, he has to be considered a major question mark heading into 2017.
Dec 5 - 5:58 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians have "stayed in touch" with Mike Napoli.

But there seems to be a very healthy market for the 35-year-old free agent slugger, who tallied 34 home runs and 101 RBI for Cleveland in 2016. He struggled down the stretch and into the postseason, but Napoli figures to find a multi-year deal this winter at a nice price point. Count the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rangers among his other current suitors.
Dec 5 - 8:09 AM

Indians non-tendered RHP Jeff Manship.

Manship has pitched well the last two seasons for the Indians with a 2.07 ERA, but they didn't want to pay him a raise in arbitration. He's now a free agent.
Dec 2 - 5:20 PM

Indians signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kratz, 36, registered a brutal .094/.105/.153 slash line this summer between the Astros and Blue Jays. The veteran catcher is doubtful to win a spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster.
Dec 1 - 3:59 PM

Indians re-signed INF/OF Michael Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Martinez was pushed off the Indians' 40-man roster in late November and he'll have to earn that spot back with a good showing in camp next spring. The veteran utilityman batted .238/.267/.307 this past year between Boston and Cleveland. He's forever trivia-relevant as the final batter in the Indians' World Series loss to the Cubs.
Dec 1 - 3:58 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "indications" point toward the Indians, Red Sox and Rangers showing the most interest in free agent Mike Napoli.

Napoli has played for all three squads in the last two seasons, as the Red Sox traded him to the Rangers during the 2015 campaign -- his second go-round with Texas. He spent 2016 helping the Indians to the American League pennant. Heyman hears that the Yankees and Astros are also contenders to sign the free agent slugger, though those two squads are viewed more as outside possibilities. Should the Red Sox sign him, Heyman speculates that they could shift Hanley Ramirez from first base to the now-vacated designated hitter spot long held by David Ortiz.
Nov 30 - 7:30 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports relays that the Yankees have "called upon" free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

The Yankees are said to be intrigued by a number of free-agent bats, with Napoli among a lot that includes -- per Heyman -- Dexter Fowler, Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss. The Astros and Mariners have also been linked to Napoli in the early stages of free agency, though the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reported earlier on Wednesday that at least one M's official does not see Napoli as a strong fit for the Mariners' roster.
Nov 23 - 6:32 PM

Indians signed OF Daniel Robertson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Robertson was most recently with the Mariners before opting for free agency in mid-October. He saw relatively little action with the major league club this past season, picking up hits in five of 19 at-bats. With a career .273/.322/.325 batting line in 271 career MLB at-bats, his best hope this coming spring will be to carve out a role as a bench extra.
Nov 23 - 5:22 PM

Indians sent INF/OF Michael Martinez outright to Triple-A Columbus.

The Indians initially scooped Martinez up off waivers from the Red Sox in early August. The 34-year-old received a decent little chunk of playing time after the Indians added him to their squad, hitting .242/.265/.316 with four doubles, a homer and four RBI across 95 at-bats. It should be noted that while Martinez has been outrighted off the 40-man roster, the Indians are interested in potentially re-signing him to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Nov 23 - 5:05 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune hears from one Mariners official that free agent slugger Mike Napoli "doesn’t fit" on their roster.

Multiple reports have linked the Mariners to Napoli, but the Mariners appear committed to giving Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base, likely with the recently-acquired Danny Valencia as a platoon partner. Nelson Cruz is already locked in as the primary designated hitter, so barring a change of plans with the other pieces, that wouldn't leave much room for Napoli. Then again, this is just one official's opinion and things could change depending on how the market develops. The Indians are interested in bringing Napoli back and the Astros reportedly have shown interest even after adding Brian McCann and Josh Reddick in recent days.
Nov 23 - 10:56 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Astros have shown interest in free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

While the team is said to be in the market for a left-handed power bat, Napoli could play at both 1B and DH for the Astros and would provide much-needed veteran leadership. The 35-year-old was terrific in his lone season with the Indians, slashing .239/.335/.465 with a career-high 34 homers and 101 RBI.
Nov 20 - 8:10 PM

Chris Gimenez has elected free agency.

The Indians outrighted Gimenez off their 40-man roster, although they are interested in bringing him back on a minor league deal. Gimenez is a career .218/.297/.335 hitter over parts of eight major league seasons.
Nov 20 - 1:02 PM


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