Tribe hosts Thanksgiving dinner for community

Tribe hosts Thanksgiving dinner for community

CLEVELAND -- As a band played, the buzz of music and conversation and laughter filled the Terrace Club at Progressive Field this past Sunday. As the Indians' guests filled their plates and found their seats, the baseball diamond was within view through the large glass windows.

In what has become an annual tradition, the Indians hosted roughly 400 people for a Thanksgiving dinner at the ballpark, providing a substantial meal for groups from Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs, Ohio Guidestone and City Mission. Members of the team's front office mingled with the families and stepped behind the buffet line to serve the food.

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Beliveau among Tribe's non-roster signings

Club also inks Campos and Maggi, invites all three to Spring Training

Beliveau among Tribe's non-roster signings

CLEVELAND -- The Indians made a trio of transactions Wednesday, adding roster depth and bringing a few additional players to Major League Spring Training.

Cleveland signed left-hander Jeff Beliveau, right-hander Leonel Campos and infielder Drew Maggi to Minor League contracts that include invitations to attend Sping Training with the big league club. The three signings mark the Tribe's first non-roster invites this offseason and bring the preseason volume up to 43 players.

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Inbox: Will Kipnis or Ramirez start at second?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Kipnis or Ramirez start at second?

With Awards Week behind us and 40-man rosters set, Hot Stove season is officially in full swing, so it's a good time to answer a new set of questions in the Indians Inbox.

In this edition, we're covering Hot Stove intrigue, payroll expectations, the future at second base and more:

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Thome, Vizquel among former Indians on ballot

Pair eligible first time for election into Hall of Fame

Thome, Vizquel among former Indians on ballot

CLEVELAND -- One stands as arguably the most prolific slugger in Indians history and ended his career as one of the greatest home run hitters of all-time. The other dazzled Cleveland crowds with his defensive wizardry -- walking away with a pile of Gold Glove Awards -- and solid bat.

Now, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chang among Tribe prospects added to 40-man

Stamets, Merryweather, Castro also protected from Rule 5 Draft; Refsnyder claimed off waivers

Chang among Tribe prospects added to 40-man

CLEVELAND -- The trade that fell apart between the Indians and Brewers two seasons ago continues to have an impact on Cleveland's roster. The latest ripple is that shortstop prospect Yu-Cheng Chang can now prepare for his first Spring Training with the Tribe.

On Monday, Chang was among the four players added to the 40-man roster by the Indians, protecting them from being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft next month at the Winter Meetings. Cleveland selected the contracts of Chang, infielder Eric Stamets, right-hander Julian Merryweather and shortstop Willi Castro from Triple-A Columbus. The Indians also claimed utility man Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Blue Jays.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber, Jackson win MLB Awards

Honors go to ace for Best Pitcher and outfielder for Best Play, Defense

Kluber, Jackson win MLB Awards

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber has already been honored for his 2017 season as the best pitcher in the American League. On Friday, the Esurance MLB Awards took the praise one step further, honoring the Indians' ace with the Best Pitcher award, which emcompasses both leagues.

Kluber, who won his second career AL Cy Young Award on Thursday, beat out finalists Max Scherzer (the National League Cy Young winner) and Justin Verlander for the Best Pitcher award, which began with nine nominees, in the presentation shown on MLB Network and MLB.com. The regular season and postseason are taken into account for the accolade, but Kluber's showing before October outweighed his struggles in the playoffs in the minds of voters.

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Indians' streak named Best Trending Topic

Indians' streak named Best Trending Topic

It was a streak that seemed like it might never end. The Indians were firing on all cylinders, cruising to victory night in and night out.

Cleveland's pitching staff completed seven shutouts and the offense scored double digits six times as the club dominated during the 22-game stretch, outscoring its opponents 142-37.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramirez rises to 3rd-place finish for AL MVP

Tribe infielder tied NL MVP Stanton for most extra-base hits in 2017

Ramirez rises to 3rd-place finish for AL MVP

CLEVELAND -- Jose Ramirez did not win the American League's Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday night, but it did not feel like a defeat for the Indians' versatile infielder. Ramirez has been searching for the spotlight for the past few seasons and finally forced the baseball world to pay attention.

The AL's top honor went to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with Yankees slugger Aaron Judge finishing as the runner-up. Ramirez placed third in the voting, but the fact that he worked himself into the national conversation was a victory in itself for Cleveland's catalyst.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back in the Klub! 2nd Cy Young for Tribe ace

First Indians pitcher -- and 19th in MLB history -- to win the award more than once

Back in the Klub! 2nd Cy Young for Tribe ace

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber barely flinched when it was revealed that he won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night. The Indians' ace displayed much more emotion when he took home the honor three years ago, peering away from the camera, smiling and flashing a quick thumbs up to his family.

The lack of reaction was true to Kluber's stoic persona, which has become as much of a trademark for the right-hander as his devastating curveball and bat-breaking sinker. It was also an indication once again that Kluber -- now the lone two-time Cy Young Award recipient in Tribe history -- is focused more on larger goals than individual accolades.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Santana declines Indians' qualifying offer

Tribe open to negotiating with free-agent first baseman

Santana declines Indians' qualifying offer

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Santana took the expected step of declining the Indians' one-year qualifying offer on Thursday, but that does not end Cleveland's bid to keep its free-agent first baseman. Santana simply made it clear that he will continue to weigh his options, which still very much include the Tribe.

Santana's decision to reject the one-year offer worth $17.4 million was more of a formality than anything else, as the free-agent is one of the more attractive first basemen on the open market this offseason and stands to get a multiyear contract. From the Indians' side of the equation, extending the qualifying offer was a way to net a compensatory pick in the 2018 Draft in the event that Santana signs with a new team.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Indians get Competitive Balance pick in Draft

Indians get Competitive Balance pick in Draft

With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.

After the Tigers and Giants, the next eight picks go to the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O'Day accepts Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Orioles reliever honored for community service to veterans

O'Day accepts Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

BALTIMORE -- Orioles reliever Darren O'Day received the prestigious Bob Feller Act of Valor Award on Thursday night at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington.

"I think this award is a tremendous honor to win because of the character, courage and valor that Bob Feller displayed when he chose to enlist in the Navy the day after the Pearl Harbor bombing," O'Day said. "What might not be known is he was exempt from the draft, but he 100 percent chose to go fight, and I think it's just a great example of someone that values what it costs to maintain our freedom, the way we want to live. It's not cheap, it's not easy.

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Joe Posnanski

Late bloomers follow path to another Cy Young

Scherzer, Kluber turned careers around at age 28

Late bloomers follow path to another Cy Young

Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer are remarkable pitchers. They are similar ages (Scherzer is about 20 months older than Kluber), they're about the same size, they're both power pitchers, and until they were each 28 years old, nobody would have predicted that they would become the dominant right-handed pitchers of the past five years.

But that is exactly what has happened. Between them, they have won half of the 10 Cy Young Awards given out the last five seasons. On Wednesday, Kluber won his second Cy Young Award decisively, getting 28 of the 30 first-place votes and beating out Boston's Chris Sale in the American League race. And Scherzer won his third award -- and second National League Cy Young Award in a row -- with a surprisingly one-sided vote over the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw.

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Kluber's Cy Young reaction is very Kluber-like

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Kluber's Cy Young reaction is very Kluber-like

The winners of the 2017 Cy Young Awards have been announced. Taking home the National League title was Max Scherzer and the recipient of the American League award was Corey Kluber.

For those who don't know, nobody shows as much enthusiasm and emotion as Kluber. OK, so that's not exactly true. As a matter of fact, it's quite the opposite.

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Indians set Tribe Fest for Jan. 20

Annual event featuring autograph sessions with players will move to Cleveland Convention Center

Indians set Tribe Fest for Jan. 20

CLEVELAND -- When the temperature drops over the winter months in Cleveland, fans will be looking for any reason to think ahead to warm summer nights at Progressive Field. Tribe Fest has become an annual checkpoint for counting down the days until next season.

On Tuesday, the Indians announced that this offseason's Tribe Fest will take place on Jan. 20 at the Cleveland Convention Center in downtown Cleveland. The move to the larger venue comes after Tribe Fest was held in area hotels in each of the past two years, and it will create more space for the activities that Indians fans have come to expect at the event.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona finishes second in AL MOY voting

Skipper runner-up to Twins' Molitor in bid for third such award with Indians

Francona finishes second in AL MOY voting

CLEVELAND -- The Indians did not surprise anyone with their dominant run during this past season, but that did not make all that Cleveland accomplished any less remarkable. It is through that lens that it is easy to understand why Terry Francona was one of the finalists for this year's American League Manager of the Year Award.

In balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Francona finished second for the award, which was won by Twins skipper Paul Molitor. Astros manager A.J. Hinch and former Yankees manager Joe Girardi finished third and fourth in the voting, respectively. Molitor led the way with 18 first-place votes, while Francona received 11 of the 30 first-place votes cast.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mark Feinsand

Antonetti wins Executive of the Year award

Antonetti wins Executive of the Year award

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chris Antonetti was rewarded Monday for shaping the Indians' 102-win roster, earning the Sporting News' 2017 Executive of the Year award.

The Indians' president of baseball operations earned 18 of the 44 votes, outpacing runners-up Brian Cashman (Yankees), Jeff Luhnow (Astros) and Mike Rizzo (Nationals), who garnered four votes apiece. He was presented with the award Monday night during the General Managers Meetings.

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Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What can Tribe expect from Brantley?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers questions from Cleveland fans

Inbox: What can Tribe expect from Brantley?

Tweet from @mklaus14: Why was signing Brantley at 12 Mil such an easy decision for FO? Santana/Bruce seemed more vital #IndiansInbox

After the Indians picked up the team options for Michael Brantley ($12 million) and Josh Tomlin ($3 million), it was Chris Antonetti, the club's president of baseball operations, who said they were "easy decisions" for Cleveland. Before we go further, in the name of context, here was Antonetti's quote:

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Santana wins Wilson Defensive Player Award

Santana wins Wilson Defensive Player Award

The Indians' Carlos Santana is the 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at first base. The awards for best defensive player in MLB at each position were announced Friday evening on MLB Network.

The formula used to determine the winner at each position consists of defensive wins above replacement (25 percent), defensive runs saved (25 percent), Inside Edge fielding ratings (20 percent), Inside Edge arm ratings (20 percent) and fielding percentage (10 percent). The formula is different for pitchers and catchers.

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Ramirez, Lindor win Silver Slugger Awards

Ramirez, Lindor win Silver Slugger Awards

CLEVELAND -- Depending on the day -- or, more accurately, whether Jason Kipnis was in the lineup or not -- Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor either occupied the left-hand side of the Indians' infield in 2017 or the middle of the infield. Ramirez was a valuable moving piece, shifting between second base and third.

The constant, though, was the production. Lindor was nothing short of baseball's best slugging shortstop, and Ramirez was a human dynamo who cranked out huge hit after huge hit.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber wins AL Outstanding Pitcher honors

Indians ace tops list at Players Choice Awards, eyes Cy Young accolades next

Kluber wins AL Outstanding Pitcher honors

CLEVELAND -- In a potential harbinger of things to come with next week's Cy Young Award announcement, Indians ace Corey Kluber was named the American League's Outstanding Pitcher in the 26th annual Players Choice Awards on Wednesday night.

The Nationals' Max Scherzer was Kluber's Players Choice counterpart in the NL.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tribe rounds out staff with V. Rodriguez hiring

Longtime coach to assist Van Burkleo with hitters; Triple-A Columbus deal extended

Tribe rounds out staff with V. Rodriguez hiring

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' coaching staff is whole once again with the hiring Wednesday of assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez.

Rodriguez replaces Matt Quatraro, who left the organization last month to become the Rays' third-base coach. Previously, manager Terry Francona hired Carl Willis as his pitching coach after Mickey Callaway departed to become manager of the Mets and hired Scott Atchison as the bullpen coach after Jason Bere was dismissed.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians quartet falls short in Gold Glove Award

Indians quartet falls short in Gold Glove Award

CLEVELAND -- It was a credit to the Indians' excellent infield defense that the club had four players in the running for a 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday. Ultimately, though, all four had to settle for the silver or bronze this year.

Catcher Yan Gomes, first baseman Carlos Santana, shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez were all named among the three American League Gold Glove finalists at their positions. But on Tuesday night, the Angels' Martin Maldonado was named the winner at catcher, the Royals' Eric Hosmer at first, the Angels' Andrelton Simmons at shortstop and the Rays' Evan Longoria at third.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's FA plan to focus on retaining boppers?

Santana, Bruce highlight club's crop of free agents

Tribe's FA plan to focus on retaining boppers?

CLEVELAND -- The Indians caught the baseball world by surprise last winter with the blockbuster signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. As the free-agency period opens this offseason, Cleveland is facing the possibility of losing some key players, but will continue to look for external additions to strengthen a team that remains built to contend.

"Ownership has continued to give us resources beyond what we could have expected," said Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations, "to try to continue to have a winning and championship-caliber team. When we go into the offseason, I know we have a lot of decisions to make and things we need to work through, but we have a roster that's still really talented and we'll find ways to complement it effectively."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brantley, Tomlin back for another shot at title

Tribe exercises '18 options on 'integral parts'; Santana likely to receive qualifying offer

Brantley, Tomlin back for another shot at title

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin broke into the big leagues with the Indians and developed into key members of the team's core. Now Major League veterans, they will continue to try to win a World Series with Cleveland for at least one more season.

On Friday, the Indians exercised the team options on Brantley ($12 million) and Tomlin ($3 million), keeping them in the fold for the 2018 campaign. There are questions surrounding each player's place on the roster, but Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said the decision to pick up the options was easy when weighing all the factors at play.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

3 key offseason questions facing Indians

3 key offseason questions facing Indians

CLEVELAND -- The World Series is over and once again the Indians were left watching another team sip champagne. Cleveland has been mapping out its offseason for the past few weeks, but the Hot Stove is officially on and the Tribe is moving forward with only one goal in mind: Winning a championship.

"We'll go into the offseason just like offseasons in the past, thinking about ways where we can get better," Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said earlier this month. "If you look across the board at our team performance, we performed pretty well throughout the course of the year. We had the best run differential in baseball. If you look at our offense, our defense, our starting pitching, our relief pitching, it was all pretty good.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.