Lindor among internal non-roster invites to spring camp

Lindor among internal non-roster invites to spring camp

CLEVELAND -- This might very well be the season in which highly-touted Indians prospect Francisco Lindor kicks down the door to the Major Leagues. For now, though, the shortstop will have to settle for an invitation to big league camp for the second year in a row.

On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that Lindor is among the club's seven internal non-roster invites to Spring Training this year. With Jose Ramirez entrenched at shortstop for the Indians, the team plans on sending Lindor back to Triple-A Columbus to begin what will be an important season of development.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ramsey soaking it in at winter development program

Outfielder among Tribe prospects at Progressive Field to train, get to know staff and city

Ramsey soaking it in at winter development program

CLEVELAND -- James Ramsey was glad it rained on the day he was traded to the Indians last season. The inclement weather wiped away Double-A Springfield's game and gave the young outfielder the chance to board the team bus for one last ride with his teammates and coaches.

"That's what means the most," Ramsey said. "Your relationship with the guys and the coaches who have invested in you. I got a little bit of time with them before I headed out."

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona confident Indians have pieces to contend

Manager joins president Shapiro for Q&A with fans during Town Hall Meeting

Francona confident Indians have pieces to contend

CLEVELAND -- In one respect, it has not been a quiet winter for the Indians. At the corner of Eagle Avenue and East Ninth Street, construction crews have made plenty of noise for the past four months, battling the weather and doing all they can to have the team's massive renovation project complete in time for the regular season.

Cleveland's decision-makers understand that fans want more than ballpark improvements, though. More than anything, this city craves a championship, and the team's quiet offseason (in terms of acquisitions) has created some concern. During the team's annual Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Indians president Mark Shapiro and manager Terry Francona reiterated their belief that the team in place is more than capable of contending.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Urshela, Merritt earn Indians' Minors awards

Urshela, Merritt earn Indians' Minors awards

CLEVELAND -- The focus each year at this time is understandably on the makeup of the Indians' Major League roster. Cleveland's efforts to construct a team capable of sustained success must also include building blocks throughout the organization's farm system.

Two such prospects are third baseman Giovanny Urshela and left-hander Ryan Merritt, who were honored on Monday as the club's top Minor Leaguers for 2014. For their work last season, Urshela received the Lou Boudreau Award (top position player) and Merritt took home the Bob Feller Award (top pitcher) -- annual accolades that were established by the organization in 1990.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber collects Cy Young Award, joins Tribe Fest

Indians ace 'excited about getting going' for 2015 season

Kluber collects Cy Young Award, joins Tribe Fest

CLEVELAND -- It sat near the edge of a table inside the training room within the Indians' clubhouse. The sides of the black plaque were smudged with the fingerprints of the many people who have handled it, wanting to get a close look at the honor bestowed upon Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber.

Following a whirlwind trip to New York and back, Kluber returned to Tribe Fest with his American League Cy Young Award in tow. The team told him he did not have to come back to snowy Cleveland, but Kluber felt it was important for him to be at the stadium for the second and final day of the annual event for Indians fans.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Murphy's unclear role a result of injuries, outfield depth

Swisher, offseason acquisition Moss could cut into right fielder's playing time

Murphy's unclear role a result of injuries, outfield depth

CLEVELAND -- Not long after he acquired slugger Brandon Moss from the A's in early December, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti got right fielder David Murphy on the phone. Cleveland suddenly had a surplus of right fielders and the GM wanted to discuss the situation.

Murphy, who was signed to a two-year contract prior to last season, likely stands to lose playing time in right if both Moss and Nick Swisher are healthy and ready to go by Opening Day. A veteran of nine seasons in the Majors, Murphy understands the situation and appreciated that he had a chance to talk things over with Antonetti prior to Spring Training.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shapiro: Stadium renovations on schedule

Progressive Field should be ready for Indians' April 10 home opener

Shapiro: Stadium renovations on schedule

CLEVELAND -- Fans pouring into Tribe Fest this weekend were able to get a glimpse of the ongoing renovations at Progressive Field. Team president Mark Shapiro was happy to report that even in the face of the latest snowstorm to hit the city, the project remains on schedule.

The Indians are hopeful that when the time comes for the April 10 home opener against the Tigers, fans will see the finished product of this massive undertaking. The Gate C entrance beyond center field will be complete, the new bullpens will be constructed and the social spaces for fans of all ages will be up and running.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Players, staff get up close with fans at Tribe Fest

Team expresses optimism on first day of weekend event

Players, staff get up close with fans at Tribe Fest

CLEVELAND -- Tom Hamilton waited patiently with a smile, signing every autograph and posing for each photo asked of him by the crowd that surrounded him Saturday morning at Tribe Fest. The radio voice of the Indians never once looked for an escape route.

Instead, Hamilton shook hands, accepted hugs and took a moment to appreciate how much the fans in attendance cared for him and the Indians. On the first day of the third annual event at Progressive Field, streams of Tribe diehards poured through the gates, enjoyed the behind-the-scenes festivities and expressed optimism about the season ahead.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Swisher free of negative thoughts heading into '15

After pair of knee surgeries, veteran eager to contribute to Tribe's playoff pursuit

Swisher free of negative thoughts heading into '15

CLEVELAND -- Nick Swisher says he has done a lot of soul searching this offseason. After a pair of knee surgeries in August, there was little else for the Indians veteran to do than think about everything that went wrong last year and how he can change things going forward.

Standing in front of his locker on Friday night, Swisher sounded like he was mentally cleansed and ready to prove any doubters wrong in the 2015 season and beyond. First and foremost, though, the switch-hitter needs to prove this spring that he is healthy and at full strength before Cleveland can clear him for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Doby celebration, giveaway highlight promo schedule

Indians also plan Kluber, Santana, Brantley bobblehead days

Doby celebration, giveaway highlight promo schedule

CLEVELAND -- If a Mount Rushmore existed for Indians greats, Larry Doby would undoubtedly have a place on the mountain top. Doby was not only an icon for the franchise, but a trailblazer for black players in the American League.

Doby has long been immortal in terms of baseball history, but the Indians have now finalized plans for immortalizing his image at Progressive Field. On Saturday, Cleveland announced its promotional schedule for the upcoming season, revealing that the much-anticipated statue featuring Doby will be unveiled at the ballpark during an event on July 25.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moss determined to be in Indians' Opening Day lineup

Newcomer continues to rehab from hip surgery

Moss determined to be in Indians' Opening Day lineup

CLEVELAND -- Brandon Moss had the opportunity to meet many of his new Indians teammates on Friday night at Progressive Field. Looking around his new home locker room, Cleveland's highest-profile offseason addition had a clear goal in mind.

Moss wants to be in the heart of the Tribe's order on Opening Day.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Aguilar, Bradley on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Bucs' Bell leads list, followed by A's Olson, Yanks' Bird

Aguilar, Bradley on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.

More

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber top pro athlete at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

Kluber top pro athlete at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber will have to clear some more space in his home for another piece of hardware. On Thurday night, the Indians pitcher was named the Professional Athlete of the Year during the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

The latest accolade for Kluber hardly comes as a surprise, considering he had already taken home the American League Cy Young Award in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, as well as Breakout Pitcher of the Year in the Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, for his work during the 2014 season with Cleveland.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Full slate of stars on hand for Tribe Fest this weekend

Kluber, Brantley among Indians attending annual fan event

CLEVELAND -- In less than one month, Cleveland's pitchers and catchers will convene on sun-splashed Arizona baseball diamonds, reporting for the start of Spring Training. In the team's snow-covered home city, fans are about to get a sneak peek at the Indians team that is assembled for the upcoming campaign.

The third annual Tribe Fest is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday at Progressive Field, where a long list of events and activities will give attendees the opportunity to interact with players, coaches, alumni and other personnel in anticipation of the 2015 season. The Indians firmly believe that the roster in place is fully capable of a run at the playoffs this year.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians unveil plans for new concessions

Indians unveil plans for new concessions

CLEVELAND -- One of the goals behind the ongoing renovation project at Progressive Field was to find ways to introduce elements of Cleveland neighborhoods within the ballpark. The Indians felt one way to do that was to bring some of the area's popular restaurants into the fold.

On Wednesday, Cleveland unveiled its new concessions plans for the revamped neighborhood-themed Right Field District. Melt Bar and Grilled, Barrio and Sweet Moses -- three well-known and highly-rated area eateries -- will be coming to Progressive Field and offering unique food options for the upcoming season.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Anthony Castrovince

Quiet Indians have pieces to make noise in AL Central

Bullpen, roster flexibility and improved defense key to competing in tough division

Quiet Indians have pieces to make noise in AL Central

CLEVELAND -- From the snow-covered steps of the home dugout, Terry Francona could see the progress being made on the Progressive Field reconstruction -- the bar being erected beyond the right-field corner, the new bullpen areas rising behind the center-field wall and the completely overhauled batter's eye. An Indians staffer had to explain what was going where, because for now it was all girder and hard hats and unfinished business.

How all of this is going to come together in the midst of another cold local winter and be completed by April 9 is a question best left for the construction crew. But Francona has already seen how quickly things can evolve in the American League Central, so why should his home park be any different?

More

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. 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' plan is to have healthy Swisher, Moss

Indians' plan is to have healthy Swisher, Moss

CLEVELAND -- Making the Opening Day roster is a goal for every player in Spring Training. Indians manager Terry Francona wants to make sure veterans such as Nick Swisher and Brandon Moss understand that the first game of the season is not the most important one on the schedule.

With Swisher and Moss making their way back from surgery, it has been made clear to them that returning to full strength is more important than breaking camp with the Major League club. If one or both of the players require an Opening Day trip to the disabled list, the Indians will find a way to adjust.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kipnis on road to recovery from finger surgery

Kipnis on road to recovery from finger surgery

CLEVELAND -- Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is among the many players who are scheduled to be on hand at Progressive Field this weekend for the team's annual Tribe Fest. On Tuesday morning, Kipnis ran into his manager at the ballpark and had a brief chat.

Manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is doing well in his comeback from surgery on his left ring finger.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Francona aiming to shore up Tribe's defense

Club planning to implement new Spring Training workouts

Francona aiming to shore up Tribe's defense

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona has mentioned multiple times this winter that improving his team's defensive play is a priority for the upcoming season. During a lunch gathering with local reporters on Tuesday, Francona again stressed the importance of using Spring Training to make strides in that area.

"That is one of our main goals in Spring Training," Francona said. "We kind of found ways to make errors all over the map last year. We were pretty consistent in that aspect. And that's a hard way to win. It doesn't mean you can't, but it makes it harder."

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: How will Indians fare with current roster?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian fields questions from Cleveland fans this offseason

Inbox: How will Indians fare with current roster?

I'm optimistic about the Indians because I'm a fan. But, in your opinion, what does this team need to happen in order to make a run at it this year? Are you optimistic?
-- @beersjoshua (via Twitter)

While there are undoubtedly some uncertainties surrounding the rotation and bullpen, I believe that Cleveland's pitching staff is poised to more than do its part in 2015. As we sit here today, I think the onus will be on the offense and defense to take the Tribe back to the postseason.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Player development staff for Indians announced

CLEVELAND -- From top to bottom, the Indians have undergone changes in the leadership structure of their farm system for the upcoming season.

On Tuesday, Cleveland unveiled its staffing plans for the player development department, which includes a new Carolina League affiliate in Class A Advanced, the Lynchburg Hillcats. Mark Budzinski, who managed Class A Lake County last season, has been promoted to the same role with Lynchburg, which was added to the fold after the Indians and Carolina Mudcats parted ways.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians clear arbitration slate with three deals

Club signs Moss, Shaw and Tomlin for 2015

Indians clear arbitration slate with three deals

CLEVELAND -- The Indians broke a long streak of avoiding arbitration last year and went to a hearing with two of their players. Cleveland returned to its usual ways this week, reaching one-year deals with all six of its arbitration candidates prior to Friday's deadline for exchanging salary figures.

On Friday, the Indians signed right fielder Brandon Moss ($6.5 million), setup man Bryan Shaw ($1.55 million) and right-hander Josh Tomlin ($1.5 million) for the 2015 season. Cleveland also reached deals with starter Carlos Carrasco ($2.3 million), lefty Marc Rzepczynski ($2.4 million) and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall ($2.25 million) on Thursday night.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians, Carrasco avoid arbitration with deal

Right-hander slated to compete for No. 2 spot in rotation

Indians, Carrasco avoid arbitration with deal

CLEVELAND -- The Indians kept their faith in Carlos Carrasco over the final two months last season and the results were overwhelming. The right-hander shook off a career defined by inconsistency and provided a dominant string of outings that cemented his place in the rotation.

On Thursday night, Carrasco was rewarded for his work with a $2.3 million contract for 2015, avoiding arbitration with the Indians in his first year of eligibility. With the financial side of things complete, Carrasco can now focus his attention on preparing to serve as the No. 2 starter behind American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rzepczynski, Chisenhall avoid arb with Tribe

Rzepczynski, Chisenhall avoid arb with Tribe

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have a long history of trying to avoid the arbitration process with their players. On Thursday night, the club settled on one-year contracts with three of its eligible players, reaching agreements with lefty Marc Rzepczynski, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and starter Carlos Carrasco.

Sources confirmed to MLB.com that Rzepczynski is scheduled to earn $2.4 million, Chisenhall will make $2.25 million and Carrasco will take home $2.3 million on one-year contracts for the 2015 campaign.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians sign righty Swarzak to Minor League deal

Indians sign righty Swarzak to Minor League deal

CLEVELAND -- The Indians know that a safety net is important for a bullpen, especially when fielding a cast that set the American League's single-season record for combined appearances last season. As a result, adding depth to the relief corps was a priority this offseason.

On Thursday, the Tribe added another piece to that part of the puzzle, signing reliever Anthony Swarzak to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to attend Spring Training with the Major League club. The right-hander offers experience as a long reliever and spot starter, and will be in the mix for one of the final spots in Cleveland's bullpen.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians' Spring Training broadcast schedule released

Cactus League opener against Reds will be among games televised

Indians' Spring Training broadcast schedule released

CLEVELAND -- Put down the snow shovel and think warm thoughts. In five weeks, Indians pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training, and Cactus League games will be right around the corner.

On Wednesday, Cleveland released its Spring Training broadcast schedule, which will have a considerable amount of games televised on SportsTime Ohio and broadcast locally on the radio. All of the Tribe's games this spring will have an audio feed available on indians.com as well.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Should Tribe save Allen for pressure situations?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Cleveland fans' questions

Inbox: Should Tribe save Allen for pressure situations?

While the Indians are set in the closer role with Cody Allen, it seems that bringing him into a game with nobody on to pitch the ninth is a waste of his talents. There are a lot of available guys that can do that. He is at his best in high-leverage situations. Wouldn't it make more sense to use him that way?
-- Gary R., Columbus, Ohio

Allen swiftly worked his way up the organizational ladder and it didn't take him long to earn a prominent role in Cleveland's bullpen. Last season, the hard-throwing righty earned the closer job and the Indians have no plans on removing him from a role he worked so hard to obtain over the past few seasons.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O-H-I-O: Swisher celebrates Buckeyes' football title

Tribe first baseman starred for OSU baseball in 2000-02, among most vocal supporters

O-H-I-O: Swisher celebrates Buckeyes' football title

CLEVELAND -- There is a long list of players who attended Ohio State University and later reached the Major Leagues. Indians first baseman Nick Swisher might be the only one to have incorporated spelling out O-H-I-O with his arms into his on-field act.

On Monday night, Swisher watched his Buckeyes claim the first College Football Playoff National Championship with a 42-20 rout over Oregon in Arlington. The energetic and outspoken Swisher stayed quiet on social media during the game, but showed his Ohio State pride in the immediate aftermath of the victory.

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians prospect Sheffield posts bond after arrest

Indians prospect Sheffield posts bond after arrest

CLEVELAND -- Indians pitching prospect Justus Sheffield was arrested and released on bond after an incident early Monday morning in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tenn.

"The organization is aware of the report involving Justus Sheffield," the Indians said in a statement. "We have spoken with Justus about the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information. Beyond that, we will not comment further until the legal process is completed."

More

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.