Player News - Indians

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Indians and RHP Trevor Bauer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.

A nice payout for a first-year arbitration player. Bauer, who turns 26 years old next week, registered a 4.26 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 168/70 K/BB ratio in 190 innings last summer for the American League-champion Indians. He had a 5.27 ERA in 13 2/3 innings during the playoffs. The right-hander is locked into a rotation spot for 2017.
Jan 12 - 3:57 PM

Indians released LHP Edwin Escobar.

Escobar was designated for assignment last week when the Edwin Encarnacion signing was made official. The southpaw is expected to pursue an opportunity in Japan.
Jan 10 - 2:13 PM

Indians designated LHP Edwin Escobar for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Edwin Encarnacion, whose three-year, $60 million free agent agreement with the Indians became official on Thursday morning. Escobar was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks in November. The left-hander holds a 7.01 ERA in 27 career appearances at the major league level.
Jan 5 - 9:50 AM

Indians signed 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract with a $25 million club option for 2020.

The contract was agreed to before Christmas but not finalized until Encarnacion passed his pre-signing physical on Wednesday. He will be officially introduced by the Indians at a press conference Thursday morning in Cleveland. The soon-to-be 34-year-old brings a big-time middle-of-the-order presence to the defending American League champs, having tallied 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games last season for the Blue Jays. He boasts a stellar .912 OPS (146 OPS+) over the last five years. This is the largest free agent contract in the 116-year history of the Indians franchise.
Jan 5 - 9:05 AM


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