Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

Jeff Manship has signed with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Apparently the 32-year-old didn't find any offers to his liking in America, so he'll continue his career overseas. Manship has had his ups and downs but has done some of his best pitching over the last two seasons, recording a 2.07 ERA across 85 relief appearances for the Indians. Cleveland non-tendered him in early December.
Jan 21 - 5:24 PM

Despite signing James Loney to a minor league contract on Friday, the Rangers remain interested in a reunion with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

With Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo finding homes this week, the list of probable landing spots for Napoli continues to dwindle. While he had been hoping for a multi-year deal, perhaps his best bet may be to take a one-year deal in the hitter-friendly environment in Texas and then hit the free agent market again next winter.
Jan 20 - 9:34 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Team Israel has been in contact with Jason Kipnis about him representing their country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Kipnis has yet to make a decision on his participation. While he has previously identified himself as a Roman Catholic, his father is Jewish which provides him the opportunity to play for Team Israel should he choose to.
Jan 20 - 7:31 PM

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com notes that the Rangers remain interested in Mike Napoli.

It was reported in late December that the Rangers and Napoli were discussing a two-year deal, but there hasn't been much in the way of progress since. Sullivan hears that there's "no signs of a deal yet," but that could change quickly now that the list of impact bats is starting to get smaller. Chris Carter and Brandon Moss are among the alternative names on the free agent market.
Jan 19 - 7:12 PM

Indians signed LHP Kelvin De La Cruz to a minor league contract.

He'll report to minor league camp for spring training. De La Cruz, 28, began his professional career with the Indians, but he has spent the past two years in the Mexican League and independent ball. He's just a depth piece in his return to the organization.
Jan 18 - 12:02 PM

Indians president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

Brantley was doing non-contact swings earlier this month, so he's continuing to make some encouraging strides. The 29-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in November of 2015 and required two more surgeries last year while appearing in just 11 games. He remains a huge question mark moving forward, but it would be quite a boost to Cleveland's lineup if he can be anything close to his normal self again.
Jan 18 - 11:27 AM

Indians and OF Brandon Guyer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5 million contract with a club option for 2019.

Guyer will make $2 million in 2017 and $2.75 million in 2018 while the 2019 option is worth $3 million and carries a $250,000 buyout. The deal buys out his final two years of arbitration and the option could cover his first free agent year. Guyer, who turns 31 later this month, played well after being picked up by the Rays last season and batted .266/.372/.423 with nine homers and 32 RBI over 101 games on the year. This included a league-leading 31 hit-by-pitches. Guyer owns an .861 OPS against southpaws in his career and should continue to provide value in a part-time role.
Jan 18 - 10:38 AM

Indians signed RHP Travis Banwart to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Banwart, who turns 31 next month, spent the first half of 2014 at Triple-A Columbus in the Indians organization but played in Korea the last two and a half years. He'll likely begin 2017 in Columbus' rotation.
Jan 15 - 9:07 AM

Brandon Guyer requested $2.3 million and was offered $1.9 million by the Indians when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Seemingly, there is a nice mid-point at $2.1 million that should appease both sides. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that Guyer would earn $2 million through the arbitration process, which is also in the gap between the figures that the two sides submitted. After coming over from the Rays in a deadline deal, Guyer hit .333/.438/.469 with two homers and 14 RBI in 96 plate appearances down the stretch for the American League Champion Indians.
Jan 13 - 9:19 PM

Indians signed RHP Steve Delabar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Delabar was with the Reds briefly last season and also spent time in Japan. The former All-Star still has swing-and-miss stuff, but the question is whether he'll be able to throw enough strikes to make the Indians' roster.
Jan 13 - 5:01 PM

Indians and OF Lonnie Chisenhall avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract.

He was eligible for arbitration for the second time this offseason. Chisenhall hit .286/.328/.439 with eight homers in 2016 while settling in as the Tribe's regular right fielder versus righties.
Jan 13 - 3:05 PM

Indians and RHP Bryan Shaw avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.6 million contract.

It was Shaw's final year of arbitration eligibility. He earned the pay bump after putting up a 3.00 ERA with 260 strikeouts across 282 relief innings for the Indians over the last four seasons.
Jan 13 - 1:12 PM

Indians and RHP Cody Allen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.35 million contract.

The closer was eligible for arbitration for a second time this winter and gets a raise that nearly doubles his 2016 salary. It's well earned, as Allen boasts a 2.61 ERA and 11.5 K/9 rate with 90 saves over the last three seasons. He should receive the bulk of the save chances in 2017, although Andrew Miller also figures to be in on the action.
Jan 13 - 11:58 AM

Indians and RHP Zach McAllister avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.825 million contract.

He earned the raise after holding a 3.19 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning the last two seasons for the Indians while being used almost exclusively in relief. McAllister was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 10:04 AM

Indians and RHP Dan Otero avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.055 million contract.

Otero was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. He earned the nice raise by notching a cool 1.53 ERA over 70 2/3 frames in his first season in Cleveland. It was no fluke as the 31-year-old veteran has a 2.93 career ERA in 255 1/3 innings. While he's unlikely to see save chances in this stacked bullpen, he's a useful piece for Cleveland.
Jan 12 - 8:07 PM


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