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Indians acquired RHP Charles Brewer from the Indians for cash considerations.

The Diamondbacks had designated Brewer for assignment on Thursday. The right-hander had a cup of coffee with the club in 2013, but he spent all of this past season in the minors. The 26-year-old will be pitching depth for the Indians.
Nov 22 - 11:59 PM

An MRI on Giovanny Urshela's left knee revealed a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.

The good news is that the third base prospect will not require surgery. Added to the 40-man roster on Thursday, Urshela will report to the Indians' spring training complex next week to begin his rehab and is expected to be fine for the start of next season.
Nov 21 - 4:01 PM

Diamondbacks designated RHP Charles Brewer for assignment.

Brewer had a brief stay in the majors with Arizona in 2014. He pitched in four games and allowed two runs over six innings. He'll try to latch on as bullpen depth elsewhere.
Nov 20 - 5:44 PM

Indians purchased the contract of INF/C Tony Wolters from Double-A Akron.

Wolters batted just .249/.319/.314 in 94 games this past season at Double-A, but the Indians didn't want to lose the 22-year-old catcher and middle infielder to the Rule 5 Draft so they had to add him to their 40-man roster. He's not much of a prospect.
Nov 20 - 2:52 PM

Indians purchased the contract of INF Giovanny Urshela from Triple-A Columbus.

Urshela is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. The 23-year-old infield prospect batted .280/.334/.491 with 18 home runs and 84 RBI in 128 games this past season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.
Nov 20 - 2:49 PM

Indians purchased the contract of LHP Ryan Merritt from High-A Carolina.

Merritt is now on the Indians' 40-man roster and safe from selection in December's Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old southpaw registered a 2.58 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 127/25 K/BB ratio across 160 1/3 innings this past season in the High-A Carolina League.
Nov 20 - 2:47 PM

Indians purchased the contract of RHP Shawn Armstrong from Triple-A Columbus.

Armstrong is now on Cleveland's 40-man roster and protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. He had a 2.41 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 56 innings of relief this past year between Double-A and Triple-A.
Nov 20 - 2:44 PM

Indians purchased the contract of RHP Cody Anderson from Double-A Akron.

Anderson posted an underwhelming 5.44 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 81/45 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings this past season at Double-A. The 24-year-old right-hander is protected from selection in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 2:42 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Indians haven't yet engaged Corey Kluber on a potential contract extension.

Kluber wouldn't come cheap on the heels of winning the American League Cy Young award, but it would be a mutually beneficial discussion -- Kluber has just over two full years of major league service time, so he's still a year away from arbitration. It also would line up with the club's philosophy, as it has locked up budding stars Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis to long-term deals in recent years. The Indians' payroll this past season was the highest it has been since 2001, suggesting that the club isn't shy about spending money, either.
Nov 18 - 7:31 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are considering training Nick Swisher "for another player with an inflated contract."

Swisher has been banged up and largely unproductive in his two years in Cleveland, batting just .208/.278/.331 over 97 games in 2014 before having surgery on both knees in August. He's owed $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $17 million vesting option for 2017, so the Tribe will have to take on another contract in order to deal him.
Nov 18 - 2:18 PM

Indians signed RHP Dustin Molleken to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Molleken was at Triple-A with the Brewers in 2014, posting a 4.84 ERA but striking out 89 across 74 1/3 relief innings. The 30-year-old has never appeared in the majors and is a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Nov 18 - 11:40 AM

Indians re-signed RHP Shaun Marcum to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Marcum was limited to just 17 1/3 minor league innings in 2014 as he worked his way back from thoracic outlet surgery. The soon-to-be 33-year-old isn't a good bet to contribute much at the major league level but is worth a shot on a minor league deal.
Nov 18 - 11:37 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are expected to discuss an extension with Cody Allen this offseason.

Hoynes notes that the club approached the closer about an extension during the season, but "talks stalled." Allen isn't eligible for arbitration until after next season, but the Indians apparently want to go ahead and lock their ninth-inning man up. Allen posted a 2.07 ERA while striking out 91 over 69 2/3 innings for the Tribe this season.
Nov 14 - 11:04 AM

Corey Kluber won the American League Cy Young award for the 2014 season.

In stark contrast to Clayton Kershaw's clean sweep of the NL Cy Young award, Kluber edged Felix Hernandez by 10 points for his first Cy Young award. What's more, it was the first time Kluber had even received a vote for the prestigious award. And it was well deserved -- the Klubot won an AL-best 18 games to go with a 2.44 ERA and 269/51 K/BB ratio over 235 2/3 innings of work. King Felix finished second, and Chris Sale finished third in the voting.
Nov 12 - 6:52 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jason Giambi is still mulling over whether to continue his playing career in 2015.

Giambi was limited to just 26 games this season and batted .133 (8-for-60) with two home runs. Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in October that it's unlikely the 43-year-old will return to the team in 2015, but it's possible he'll find the right fit elsewhere. If not, he figures to begin his coaching career.
Nov 12 - 2:19 PM


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