Tag:Cleveland Indians
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:48 am

Indians, Rays, Red Sox looking at Branyan

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting the Indians are in a three-team chase for free agent Russell Branyan, who can play outfield, third base and first base. The other interested teams are believed to be the Rays and Red Sox.

Drafted in the seventh round in 1994, Branyan started his career with the Indians. The left-handed hitter played one game in 1998, followed by 11 games in '99, 67 in 2000, 113 in '01 and 50 in '02 before being dealt to the Cincinnati Reds.

Branyan, 34, had a career year last season, hitting career-bests 31 homers and 76 RBI with a 2.51 batting average in just 116 games with the Seattle Mariners.  A bad back kept him from playing a full season and is likely the reason the Mariners weren't willing to offer a multiyear deal.

The Plain Dealer is also reporting the Indians are looking at free agents Hank Blalock (.234, 25 homers, 66 RBI last year) and Jermaine Dye (.250, 27, 81).

Posted on: September 23, 2009 12:01 pm

Timetable for Wedge

The timeline regarding Indians' manager Eric Wedge appears to be status quo, according to MLB .

The Tribe's front office and ownership continue to meet regularly to discuss a wide array of issues in the organization, including Wedge's job security.

GM Mark Shapiro said that a decision on Wedge has not been made. An announcement regarding the skipper's fate, one way or another, is expected at or shortly after season's end.

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Posted on: August 12, 2009 2:35 pm

Shapiro looking ahead to rebuilding

With rumors flying about GM Mark Shapiro's future with the Indians, he told  The Cleveland Plain Dealer he has every intention of returning as general manager next year.

"I've been here almost 18 years now and I prefer to see this thing through," said Shapiro.

The Indians are calling this season an organizational failure. Indians' President Paul Dolan said the organization will be reviewed piece by piece at the end of the season. That includes manager Eric Wedge and his coaching staff, drafting and scouting departments.

Shapiro believes the Indians will have money to spend in this winter's free-agent market. He believes it will once again be a buyer's market.

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Posted on: July 31, 2009 10:33 am

Red Sox and Gonzalez and V-Mart

The Boston Globe confirmed that trade talks between the Padres and Red Sox regarding 1B Adrian Gonzalez were still active.

A source saidy Padres GM Kevin Towers was said to be asking for "a ton" for Gonzalez. Some of the names being discussed included Clay Buchholz, Lars Anderson, Jed Lowrie, Ryan Westmoreland, Justin Masterson and others, but no word on whether the Red Sox actually made an offer.

Less was known about the status of talks between Cleveland and Boston for Victor Martinez. The teams have been discussing Martinez for quite some time, but the Red Sox have been reluctant to deliver Buchholz for the catcher/first baseman.

Posted on: July 29, 2009 1:51 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2009 2:09 pm

Phillies land Lee

UPDATE: Danny Knobler has confirmed that the Phillies have acquired Cliff Lee from the Indians . --  Full report from Danny Knobler .

While there's no surprise that the Phillies are moving on past Roy Halladay, Danny Knobler confirms the Philles are close to acquiring Cliff Lee from the Indians.

Follow the news on his blog .

Posted on: July 29, 2009 1:13 pm

No deals for the Indians.

Could the Phillies and the Indians be at an impasse for ace Cliff Lee?

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that is the case.  The Indians have been scouting the Phillies' minor league system. They like right-hander Kyle Drabek but the Phillies won't part with him. It was the same problem in the negotiations with Toronto.

One source said, "You never know, but I think we're done."
Posted on: July 28, 2009 12:08 pm

Angels like Lee but will the Indians trade him?

The L.A. Daily News reports the Angels next target for pitching help is Cleveland ace Cliff Lee.

The Indians are believed to want an abundance of pitching in return for Lee. However,  a source with inside knowledge of Indians dealings said the team is in no hurry to move Lee. The Indians have a club option on Lee for next season at $9 million and seem certain to exercise that if they do not trade him.

Posted on: July 27, 2009 3:48 pm

Rays and Red Sox talking to Cleveland

From Joel Sherman in his New York Post blog :

The Rays and Red Sox are both talking to the Indians about deals for Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez. Tampa is willing to part with touted pitching prospect Wade Davis. The Red Sox are not quite there yet in willingness to deal Clay Buchholz. Texas and Milwaukee also have eyes for Lee while the Giants are considering Martinez.

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