Player News - Indians

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Indians signed RHP Craig Stammen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stammen was limited to five appearances in 2015 due to an elbow injury that required surgery, but he should be close to full health leading into the 2016 season. If he has a strong showing during Cactus League play, there may be a spot for him in the Indians' Opening Day bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 3.91 career ERA, and he boasts a 2.80 ERA since becoming a full-time reliever in 2011.
Feb 8 - 2:33 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are working toward a deal with Craig Stammen.

Stammen made just five appearances in 2015 before requiring surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was non-tendered by the Nationals in early December. It's not clear what his new deal with the Indians will be worth. Look for something more official by Monday evening.
Feb 8 - 10:39 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) said Thursday that he's not sure when he'll be cleared to begin a hitting program.

Brantley performed all drills other than hitting during an Indians minicamp on Thursday. His rehab from surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder is coming along and he's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that's unlikely to happen. The Indians have been vague about a timetable for the outfielder, indicating that he should be back at some point during the first couple months of the season. It's a situation that should become clearer during spring training.
Jan 29 - 10:13 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) participated in agility drills at Thursday's team workout.

He was also able to play catch. Hitting will be the next step in Brantley's recovery process as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley is coming off a career year and is tentatively expected to return sometime in mid to late April.
Jan 28 - 1:50 PM

Indians signed RHP Josh Tomlin to a two-year, $5.5 million extension with a club option for 2018.

The two sides already agreed to a one-year deal earlier this month to avoid arbitration, so the extension buys out at least his first year of free agency. He'll make $2.25 million in 2016 and $2.5 million in 2017 while the club option is worth $3 million and carries a $750,000 buyout. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the deal could max out at $12 million if the option is picked up and all incentives are met. After getting a late start following shoulder surgery, Tomlin posted an impressive 3.02 ERA and 57/8 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings across 10 starts last season. He's solid rotation depth for Cleveland.
Jan 26 - 12:11 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports that the Rays have been in contact with free agent right-hander Ryan Webb.

Webb pitched for the Indians in 2015 and did a nice job over the course of 50 2/3 innings, pitching to a 3.20 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 31/12 K/BB ratio. While he's averaged just 6.2 K/9 over the course of his seven years in the bigs, the right-hander holds a career 3.35 ERA and should make for a dependable--if unspectacular--bullpen arm for whatever team signs him. He'll turn 30 in early February.
Jan 20 - 9:06 PM

Shaun Marcum has announced his retirement from baseball.

Marcum has taken a position as the pitching coach for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. "I played long enough and now I feel like it's time for me to see if I can help these kids reach their goals of playing professionally and winning a National Championship," Marcum said. A nine-year major league veteran, Marcum had an injury-riddled career but produced a solid 3.93 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 1,030 innings.
Jan 18 - 8:16 PM

Indians and RHP Josh Tomlin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.

Tomlin put up a surprising 3.02 ERA over 10 starts with the Indians in 2015 after making his way back from shoulder surgery. He's in line for a rotation spot again in 2016 in what will be his walk year.
Jan 15 - 1:50 PM

Indians and RHP Jeff Manship avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $765,000 contract.

Manship qualified as a Super 2 player this winter after posting a surprising 0.92 ERA over 32 appearances for the Tribe in 2015. He'll work in middle relief in 2016.
Jan 15 - 1:48 PM

Indians and 3B/OF Lonnie Chisenhall avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million contract.

It was Chisenhall's second year of arbitration eligibility. He's in line to serve as the Indians' right fielder in 2016 after flopping as their third baseman.
Jan 15 - 1:46 PM

Indians and RHP Cody Allen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.15 million contract.

Arguably the biggest beneficiaries from a positional standpoint in arbitration are closers, and Allen proves the point in getting a massive raise from the $547,100 he earned in 2015. He posted a 2.99 ERA with 99 strikeouts over 69 1/3 frames in 2015 and will return as the Tribe's closer in 2016.
Jan 15 - 12:50 PM

Indians and RHP Bryan Shaw avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

Shaw had another strong season last year, owning a 2.95 ERA and 54/19 K/BB ratio over 64 innings of relief. He'll once again be a key member of the Tribe's bullpen this season.
Jan 14 - 6:34 PM

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, outfielder Ryan Raburn is "in play" for the Tigers.

But the team is currently focused on some of the bigger names that remain on the free agent market, like Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Davis. Raburn began his career with the Tigers, slashing .256/.311/.430 in 566 games between 2004-2012. Cleveland declined his $3 million club option for 2016 back in early November. He turns 35 years old in April.
Jan 11 - 12:27 PM

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have had several teams inquire about acquiring catcher Roberto Perez.

Pluto notes that the club is very reluctant to deal the 27-year-old backstop. He's a terrific defender and his .751 OPS from last year is well above average for a reserve catcher. Unless the Tribe is seemingly blown away by an offer, they'll keep the catching tandem of Perez and Yan Gomes intact for the 2016 campaign.
Jan 10 - 9:40 PM

Indians and RHP Zach McAllister avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

McAllister transitioned to the bullpen early on in the 2015 season, finishing the year with a 3.00 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 84/23 K/BB ratio across 69 innings. He earns a nice raise over the $520,400 that he took home in 2015.
Jan 8 - 7:01 PM


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