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Indians director of player development Carter Hawkins expects third base prospect Giovanny Urshela to be ready for spring training.

Urshela suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November when he slid into third base during a Venezuelan Winter League game, but the Indians decided against surgery. The 23-year-old hasn't progressed to batting practice, but he has resumed fielding ground balls hit directly at him. While he might not be ready when camp opens, the Indians are optimistic about his progress. Urshella batted .280/.334/.491 with 18 home runs and 84 RBI in 128 games this last season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus and could surface in the majors this season if healthy.
Jan 28 - 11:15 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that he wants Michael Bourn to run more in 2015.

"We've talked to Bournie a lot," said Francona. "He's one of the most conscientious and nicest kids you'll ever meet. But quite frankly, whether it's because of injuries or not, he hasn't been the kind of guy who wreaks the havoc that we kind of envisioned when we signed him when it comes to stolen bases." Bourn averaged 51 stolen bases in his first five full seasons but has just 33 total over the last two seasons and has been caught 18 times. He tore his hamstring at the end of 2013 and had leg issues for much of 2014, which no doubt affected him on the bases. Bourn is healthy now, though, and has been training with former Olympian sprinter Leroy Burrell this offseason. He's now 32, but Bourn could rebound a bit in the stolen base department in 2015.
Jan 26 - 9:11 PM

Indians president Mark Shapiro indicated Sunday that the team would consider signing Corey Kluber to a long-term contract extension.

When asked about the idea, Shapiro noted that Kluber has everything that the organization looks for in a player and that "He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement." The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner will make the league minimum in 2015 before being eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next offseason.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 25 - 11:23 PM

Jason Kipnis (finger) had the pin removed from his damaged finger and will be cleared to begin swinging a bat in early February.

Kipnis injured the finger while working out in December and required surgery. He's looking to rebound from a disappointing and injury plagued 2014 campaign in which he hit just .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 games.
Jan 24 - 11:11 AM

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti indicated Saturday that Ryan Raburn (knee) will enter spring training without restrictions.

Raburn underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in mid-September to repair a tear in his lateral meniscus. While he's coming off a putrid 2014 campaign where he slashed a mere .200/.250/.297, he provides versatility and a power bat off the bench against left-handed pitching.
Jan 24 - 10:56 AM

Brandon Moss' follow-up exam with the doctor who performed his hip surgery went well.

He'll meet with the Indians' medical staff next weekend. Moss is expected to be fine for Opening Day, though he seems likely to be eased into things in spring training.
Jan 16 - 5:33 PM

Indians and RHP Josh Tomlin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

He was eligible for arbitration for a second time this winter. Tomlin held a 4.76 ERA last season while shuffling between the rotation and the bullpen.
Jan 16 - 2:13 PM

Indians and RHP Bryan Shaw avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.55 million contract.

Shaw was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The reliever holds a nifty 2.91 ERA while recording nearly a strikeout per inning over the last two year for the Indians.
Jan 16 - 2:11 PM

Indians and 1B/OF Brandon Moss avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Moss was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. He's slated to open next season as the Tribe's right fielder but could also see some starts at first base and designated hitter.
Jan 16 - 2:10 PM

Indians and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.

It's a nice raise for Chisenhall in what was his first year of arbitration eligibility. Although he slowed down in the second half, Chisenhall had a mini-breakout in 2014, batting .280/.343/.427 with 13 homers and 59 RBI.
Jan 15 - 10:42 PM

Indians and LHP Marc Rzepczynski avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

He gets a raise of over $1 million in his third year of arbitration as a Super Two qualifier. Rzepczynski had a fine first full season in Cleveland, posting a 2.74 ERA while striking out a batter per inning.
Jan 15 - 10:31 PM

Indians and RHP Carlos Carrasco avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3375 million contract.

It's a big chunk more than the $1.4 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn in his first year of arbitration. Carrasco finally translated his raw stuff into results in 2014, posting a 2.55 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 140/29 K/BB ratio over 134 innings. He'll be a big part of the Tribe's rotation in 2015.
Jan 15 - 9:25 PM

Indians signed RHP Anthony Swarzak to a minor league contract.

The contract includes an invitation to spring training. Swarzak posted mediocre numbers as a reliever with the Twins, owning a career 4.48 ERA with a 267/127 K/BB ratio in 439 2/3 innings.
Jan 15 - 1:05 PM

Indians prospect left-hander Justus Sheffield was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated burglary and underage drinking.

According to Tullahoma police, Sheffield was arrested for allegedly breaking into a residence on Cumberland Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Monday. He was released after posting $5,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on February 5. Sheffield was a first-round pick of the Indians last June and they are surely wishing he used better judgment in this instance.
Jan 13 - 2:39 PM

Indians signed LHP Michael Roth to a minor league contract.

No official word from the team yet, but he'll presumably receive an invitation to spring training. Roth elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Angels in Novemeber. The 24-year-old owns a 7.79 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 32 1/3 career major league innings.
Jan 6 - 12:51 PM


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