Player News - Indians

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Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that "there is nothing currently brewing" in regards to the Mets and trade talks for Jason Kipnis.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported Thursday that there was "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a trade involving Kipnis, but Ehalt is evidently hearing otherwise. The Mets are looking for a second baseman and Kipnis would be a buy-low candidate after he hit only .232/.291/.414 during an injury-shortened 2017.
Dec 15 - 3:36 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says the Phillies also have a $17.5 million club option for 2021. It's an odd fit on the surface, as it means either Rhys Hoskins or perhaps even Santana will play the outfield or Santana will move back third base and bump Maikel Franco from a starting job. Perhaps there will be a series of moves coming from Philly. Santana does give the Phillies a bona-fide bat, as he boasts a career .249/.365/.445 batting line and has averaged 24 homers per season in his seven full years. The Indians will now have to turn to Plan B at first base.
Dec 15 - 1:33 PM

Indians signed OF Melvin Upton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says Upton will earn $1.5 million if he's in the majors. Upton, 33, hit only .244/.306/.333 over 12 minor league games in 2017 while battling injuries. With Michael Brantley (ankle) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day and Jason Kipnis apparently on the trade block, Upton should have a shot to make the team.
Dec 15 - 8:37 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears there is "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a Jason Kipnis trade.

The two sides have engaged in serious discussions this week at the Winter Meetings and the heat probably turned up even further when Ian Kinsler went to the Angels on Wednesday night. Kinsler had been a target of the Mets, but they were on his no-trade list and he told Tigers GM Al Avila that he would only accept a move to Anaheim. Kipnis would be a nice bounceback play for the apparently cost-conscious Metropolitans. He struggled to a .232/.291/.414 batting line in 2017 with Cleveland, but the 30-year-old second baseman put up an .817 OPS in 297 games between 2015-2016.
Dec 14 - 1:04 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants are "staying in contact" with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.

Rosenthal says signing Bruce and trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was the "initial fallback plan" for San Francisco once Giancarlo Stanton rejected a trade there, though the Giants have been unable to match up with Cincinnati on a Hamilton deal. Bruce is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Mets. He hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland.
Dec 13 - 3:06 PM

According to Bruce Levine of CBS Sports Chicago, the Cubs have spoken to the Indians about potentially acquiring Danny Salazar.

Levine says the Indians are looking for left-handed-hitting in return but adds there is "nothing close at this time." Kyle Schwarber fits the mold, though Cleveland would have to throw in something more to get that done. Salazar struggled with both elbow and shoulder issues in 2017 and finished the regular season with a disappointing 4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 19 starts and four relief appearances. The 27-year-old right-hander did strike out 145 batters in just 103 innings and he is under contractual control through 2020.
Dec 13 - 8:43 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians will meet Tuesday regarding free agent outfielder Austin Jackson.

Jackson quietly had a great 2017 with the Indians, batting .318/.387/.482 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 318 plate appearances. The 30-year-old would likely have at least a part-time role if he returns, but he could find a more appealing situation elsewhere.
Dec 12 - 11:25 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Indians are telling other first base options that they want to see where things go with Carlos Santana first.

Santana is "clearly far and away" the Indians' top choice at first base, Heyman says. Cleveland's initial offer to Santana was reportedly for $36 million over three years, which isn't going to be enough to get it done. The Rockies, Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox and Mariners have also been connected to Santana. The Indians have so far been linked to Lucas Duda and Matt Adams as possible backup plans at first base.
Dec 11 - 10:40 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets, Rockies, Blue Jays and Mariners "are among the teams eyeing" Jay Bruce.

It's been reported previously that the Mets were interested in a reunion with Bruce, and the Blue Jays have seemingly been eyeing the outfielder for a few years now. Bruce is reportedly looking for a five-year, $80-90 million contract this offseason, although he's surely going to have to come down from those demands. The 30-year-old batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI last season.
Dec 11 - 8:55 PM

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Monday that Michael Brantley "had a good report" on his surgically-repaired right ankle a couple weeks ago.

Brantley met with Indians head athletic trainer James Quinlan to check on his progress from October's ankle surgery and things appear to be on track. "We'll know more when he starts ground-based activities, starts running and cutting, things like that," Antonetti added. "But so far, it's gone really well." Even if things continue to progress well for Brantley, he doesn't appear to be a given to be ready for Opening Day.
Dec 11 - 8:44 PM

Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies are "taking a hard look" at free agent first baseman Carlos Santana.

Add the Rockies to a list which also includes the likes of the Indians, Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox, and Mariners. The Rockies have also been linked to Jay Bruce and Logan Morrison, but Harding hears that the club is "believed to have a stronger interest" in Santana than either of those players.
Dec 11 - 2:29 PM

Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Indians made an offer to Carlos Santana last month in which they expressed a willingness to give a three-year deal worth $12 million annually.

That isn't going to get it done. Santana has been a popular name as a free agent, with the Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox among the teams who have reportedly expressed interest. With the way the market is going, the Indians might have already adjusted their expectations with the situation.
Dec 11 - 1:38 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Rangers and the Padres are among the teams interested in Carlos Santana.

The Phillies, Mariners, Angels and Red Sox have also expressed interest in the free agent slugger this off-season. Santana, 31, slashed .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers and 79 RBI for the Indians in 2017.
Dec 10 - 8:02 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have had talks with the Indians regarding second baseman Jason Kipnis.

Kipnis had a rather disappointing and injury-plagued 2017 campaign for the Tribe, slashing just .232/.291/.414 with 12 homers, 35 RBI and six swipes in 90 games. The Mets have also spoken to the Tigers about Ian Kinsler and Carig notes that they may approach the Pirates about Josh Harrison at the upcoming Winter Meetings.
Dec 9 - 10:31 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Angels "remain interested" in free agent slugger Carlos Santana.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first mentioned the Angels as a Santana suitor in mid-November, among a list of teams that included the Red Sox, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, and Indians. Santana, 31, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI in 154 games this past season for Cleveland. He rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Tribe last month.
Dec 5 - 10:14 PM


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