Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Ryan Merritt is facing an uphill battle to make the Indians' 25-man roster.

Merritt is out of options, so Cleveland would risk losing the 26-year-old left-hander to another club without receiving compensation if he's not in uniform on Opening Day. Still, because the Indians appear to have a full rotation and a bullpen that doesn't appear to have much -- if any -- room either, he could be left out of the mix. Merritt has pitched well at times and could serve as insurance if an injury takes place, but he also could be a trade candidate near the end of spring training for a team looking for a back-end starter.
Feb 21 - 10:41 PM

Brandon Guyer underwent an MRI on his surgically-repaired left wrist on Wednesday.

Guyer needed a procedure to repair the extensor tendon in his wrist last October and then tweaked it during one of the Indians' first spring training workouts on Tuesday. The team should know more about his short-term and long-term outlook by Thursday. Guyer projects to work in a right-field platoon this year in Cleveland, but it seems his status for Opening Day may now be in question.
Feb 21 - 2:35 PM

Indians signed RHP Carlos Torres to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Torres, 35, posted a pedestrian 4.21 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 56/33 K/BB ratio over 72 2/3 innings of relief last season with the Brewers. He seems doubtful to crack the Indians' deep and talented bullpen out of camp this spring.
Feb 21 - 1:06 PM

Andrew Miller (flu) returned to the Indians' spring training complex on Wednesday.

Miller was kept away from the rest of the players in camp for the past couple of days as he worked through some flu-like symptoms. He's feeling much better now and will likely resume throwing off a mound Thursday. The 32-year-old left-hander is again positioned to serve as a flexible late-inning arm for the Tribe in 2018. He finished the 2017 season with a 1.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, two saves, 27 holds, and a 95/21 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings.
Feb 21 - 12:08 PM

Danny Salazar (shoulder) has progressed to throwing from a distance of 75 feet.

Salazar came down with right shoulder rotator cuff inlammation in mid-January, but Indians manager Terry Francona said that he's doing well with his rehab program. Still, he's falling behind the other pitchers in camp and could get a late start on the season. Salazar dealt with shoulder and elbow issues last season en route to posting a 4.28 ERA over 19 starts and four relief appearances. He's a high-risk, high-reward asset in fantasy leagues.
Feb 20 - 2:20 PM

Rajai Davis can opt out of his minor league contract with the Indians if he's not added to the 40-man roster by March 22.

Davis will try to win a reserve outfielder job in his return to the organization. The 37-year-old played with the Red Sox and Athletics last season while batting just .235/.293/.348 over 117 games.
Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

Indians signed OF Rajai Davis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com had reported earlier in the day that the two sides were nearing an agreement and now it's a done deal. He'll compete for a spot as a reserve outfielder with the Tribe.
Feb 17 - 3:13 PM

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians are closing in on a minor league deal with Rajai Davis.

It's expected to be a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Davis played a pivotal role on the Indians' 2016 team that fell to the Cubs in the final game of the World Series.
Feb 17 - 12:04 PM

Brandon Guyer is still waiting to start hitting after wrist surgery in October, but he is able to throw and play defense.

Guyer will be examined next week to determine if he can begin hitting. If he's ready for Opening Day, he'll probably start in right field against lefties, forming a platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall.
Feb 15 - 6:57 PM

Danny Salazar "experienced an onset of right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation in mid-January," per a press release from the Indians.

Salazar has resumed throwing and is "progressing well," according to the same media update, but the 28-year-old right-hander is also "a couple weeks behind" the other pitchers in Indians camp this spring. It's possible this could affect his readiness for the beginning of the 2018 regular season. Salazar battled elbow and shoulder problems in 2017 and finished with a disappointing 4.28 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, though he did strike out 145 batters in 103 innings.
Feb 15 - 1:53 PM

Trevor Bauer won his arbitration case against the Indians and will make $6.525 million in 2018.

Cleveland's front office filed at $5.3 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so there was a pretty big gap to navigate here. Bauer went 17-9 with a 4.19 ERA and 196 strikeouts over 176 1/3 innings in 2017.
Feb 15 - 1:37 PM

Michael Brantley (ankle) has been cleared for throwing and light hitting activity.

Brantley underwent surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle and he is questionable for the start of the 2018 regular season. The big test will be running and he's a couple weeks away from ramping things up in that department. If he is not ready, Lonnie Chisenhall, Abraham Almonte, Tyler Naquin, and Melvin Upton Jr. would be in the mix for starts in left field to open the year. Jason Kipnis could see some action there too.
Feb 14 - 3:23 PM

Cody Anderson (elbow) is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March.

Anderson is hoping to be ready for the start of the 2018 season, but the Indians may hold him out of live games until sometime around mid-to-late April. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 152 career major league innings (24 starts, 10 relief appearances). He'll likely be used in long relief in 2018, or as rotation depth at Triple-A Columbus.
Feb 14 - 1:19 PM

Indians signed C Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll earn $1.25 million if he makes the major league roster, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Hanigan, 37, appeared in 36 games with the Rockies last season while batting .267/.324/.347 in 112 plate appearances. There would likely have to be an injury for Hanigan to see significant time in the majors.
Feb 12 - 9:29 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that there have been no contract extension talks going on lately between Francisco Lindor and the Indians.

General manager Mike Chernoff’s young son spilled the beans last spring that the two sides were discussing a long-term deal, but it appears those talks haven't carried over into this offseason. The contract they discussed last year was reportedly in the seven-year, $100 million range, but Lindor turned it down. The 24-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time next winter and is under team control through 2021.
Feb 8 - 5:26 PM


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