Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Mariners are one of the many teams giving the Indians "serious competition" for Mike Napoli's services.

The Indians want to bring Napoli back, but it's not going to be easy following a 34-homer, 101-RBI season from the first baseman. The Mariners currently have Daniel Vogelbach pegged for first base and Nelson Cruz for the designated hitter spot, but they could move Cruz to the outfield and Vogelbach to DH to accommodate Napoli.
Nov 20 - 12:30 PM

Tim Cooney (shoulder) is not expected to be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training.

Cooney had surgery in July to remove a calcium deposit from the back of his left shoulder. It's an injury and subsequent surgery that caused him to miss all of 2016 and surely the reason the Cardinals exposed him to waivers. While it sounds like he might get a late start to 2017, Cooney could wind up being a nice waiver addition by the Indians if he can bounce back physically.
Nov 20 - 9:31 AM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Mike Napoli is drawing interest from National League clubs as a full-time first baseman.

Napoli enjoyed arguably his best offensive season in 2016, setting career-highs with 34 HR and 101 RBI. Unfortunately he had a subpar year on defense, committing a league-high 13 errors at first base. Despite his declining play at first, teams are apparently viewing Napoli as more than just a DH. Napoli turned 35 last month.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 19 - 5:24 PM

Indians sent C Chris Gimenez outright to Triple-A Columbus.

He can declare free agency if he wants and seems likely to do just that. Gimenez is a career .218/.297/.335 hitter over parts of eight major league seasons.
Nov 18 - 5:37 PM

Indians purchased the contract of C Francisco Mejia from High-A Lynchburg.

Mejia put up a blistering .342/.382/.514 batting line with 11 homers between Low- and High-A this past season. He's not ready for the majors but is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 18 - 5:35 PM


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