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Indians signed RHP Jeff Manship to a minor league contract.

Manship had a 6.65 ERA over 20 relief appearances spanning 23 innings with the Phillies this past season. The 29-year-old was a non-roster invite last spring and won a role in the Phils' bullpen, and he'll look to do it again with the Tribe this year.
Dec 24 - 6:38 PM

Indians sent LHP Nick Maronde outright to Triple-A Columbus.

Maronde cleared waivers on Tuesday. The club outrighted him to Triple-A and extended a non-roster invite to spring training. Maronde has somewhat terrifying walk numbers, as he dished out 38 free passes over 41 innings in 2014. Unless he's able to show consistent improvement with his control, it's doubtful he sees much time with the big club.
Dec 23 - 3:11 PM

Indians signed LHP Scott Downs to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 25/20 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the White Sox and Royals in 2014. Once considered one of the top left-handed specialists in the game, Downs represents a nice low-risk signing for the Indians.
Dec 20 - 12:56 PM

Indians sent RHP Bryan Price outright to Triple-A Columbus.

Price cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. He will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player.
Dec 19 - 3:30 PM

Jason Kipnis injured his left ring-finger during a workout and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

According to beat writer Paul Hoynes, Kipnis should be ready to go for Spring Training. He had a down 2014 campaign which was marred by a nagging oblique injury. When healthy, Kipnis is one of the most dynamic infielders in the game. His 2013 season, in which he batted .284/.366/.452, is indicative of the kind of bat Kipnis has when he's right.
Dec 17 - 2:27 PM

Indians designated LHP Nick Maronde for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd. Acquired from the Angels via trade in July, Maronde held a 7.24 ERA while walking 38 over 41 frames in the minors last season.
Dec 16 - 8:55 PM

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that the newly-signed Gavin Floyd has a spot in the rotation locked up.

It's not a surprise, but it's nice to have some clarity. Antonetti said that Floyd will join Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in the rotation, leaving Danny Salazar, T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin to battle for the final spot in spring training. Salazar has to be considered the favorite.

Indians signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the deal includes $6 million in performance-based bonuses. Floyd was limited to nine starts in 2014 due to a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. He also underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2013. But the expectation is that Floyd will be fully healthy by the start of the 2015 season, and there's a chance he'll wind up being a nice addition for the Tribe.
Dec 16 - 4:16 PM

Indians signed OF Jerry Sands to a minor league contract.

Sands elected free agency in early November after the Rays outrighted him off their 40-man roster. The 27-year-old outfielder is a .240/.317/.372 career hitter in 273 plate appearances at the major league level.
Dec 15 - 2:13 PM

Indians signed C Brett Hayes to a minor league contract.

Hayes batted just .135/.151/.212 with a homer and a double in 53 plate appearances this past season for Kansas City. He'll be organizational depth for the Tribe.
Dec 15 - 2:11 PM

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Indians to "work hard" to trade David Murphy.

The Indians have three left-handed hitting outfielders following the addition of Brandon Moss, which could make the lefty-swinging Murphy expendable. Murphy missed some time due to injury last season, batting .262/.319/.385 with eight homers over 462 plate appearances. He'll make $6.5 million in 2015 in the final year of his contract.
Dec 14 - 9:14 AM

Indians designated RHP Bryan Price for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly acquired Brandon Moss. Price, 28, was rocked in his brief time in the majors in 2014 but held a 2.48 ERA with over a strikeout per inning in the minors.
Dec 8 - 6:46 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that teams have asked the Indians about Carlos Santana.

But Morosi notes that there is no deal on the horizon. Santana is under contract through 2017 at a reasonable rate, so it's doubtful the Indians would part with him unless overwhelmed by an offer. The 28-year-old had 27 home runs and 85 RBI in 2014. Cleveland does have a logjam of DH and first base types with the recent addition of Brandon Moss, but moving Santana could be a big offensive downgrade for a team looking to compete in 2015.
Dec 8 - 4:04 PM

Indians acquired 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Athletics for 2B Joey Wendle.

It's a small price to pay for a power upgrade. Moss struggled down the stretch this season due to a hip injury which required surgery in October, but he has slugged 76 home runs since the start of 2012. If healthy, he could pay big dividends, especially in a park that plays favorably to left-handed hitters. The addition of Moss creates a bit of a log jam between the outfield and DH, but the Indians are expected to attempt to trade Nick Swisher this offseason.
Dec 8 - 1:01 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Indians have acquired Brandon Moss from the Athletics.

Prospect second baseman Joey Wendle will head back to Oakland in a one-for-one swap. Moss is coming off hip surgery, which likely affected the return. Still, he has the potential to be an impact bat in the middle of Cleveland's lineup.
Dec 8 - 12:31 PM

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