Comfort essential to Tribe's winter program for Kluber

Club working with righty to monitor throwing, maintain 2014 level

Comfort essential to Tribe's winter program for Kluber

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber worked with robotic precision last season, piling up innings and strikeouts at a rate unlike any other year in his professional career. The Indians are now doing what they can to make sure the pitcher's workload does not make him a one-year wonder.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway has met with a variety of former pitchers and pitching coaches this offseason to discuss how to handle Kluber's program this winter and during Spring Training. Callaway and Kluber have also had a handful of conversations in an effort to find a balance between the team's ideas and the pitcher's comfort level.

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Kipnis has finger surgery; should be OK for start of season

Kipnis has finger surgery; should be OK for start of season

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had surgery on Tuesday to repair a damaged extensor tendon in his left ring finger. He is expected to be ready to go in time for the regular season.

Kipnis sustained the injury during offseason strength and conditioning activities in Chicago, then was seen this weekend by Indians medical personnel and Dr. Thomas Graham, who diagnosed the injury and recommended the surgery.

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Phil Rogers

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

Tigers are reigning champs, but pennant-winning Royals, Indians, White Sox eye top spot

AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

The Tigers are the king of the American League Central, and the king is always given his due. They would probably be the division favorites if the 2015 season began today.

But in this case probably is a big word.

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Indians sign right-hander Floyd to 1-year deal

Pitcher returning from broken right elbow

Indians sign right-hander Floyd to 1-year deal

The Indians are betting on a bounce-back for former White Sox innings-eater Gavin Floyd.

Cleveland on Tuesday signed Floyd to a one-year contract that reportedly guarantees the right-hander $4 million, adding yet more depth to a starting rotation competition that was already at least seven pitchers deep. The 31-year-old Floyd will report to camp with the longest track record; he posted double-digit victories while making 29-plus starts for the White Sox in each season from 2008-12 before running into injury troubles.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Extension coming for Kluber soon?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Indians fans' questions

Inbox: Extension coming for Kluber soon?

Do you think the Indians will sign Corey Kluber to a contract extension before Opening Day?
-- Justin M., Columbus, Ohio

As of right now, there are no indications that the two sides have started to discuss a contract extension for Kluber. Really, there might not be a huge sense of urgency on the part of the Indians, who know they have the American League Cy Young Award winner under contractual control through the 2018 season.

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Indians sign 4 players to Minor League deals

Hayes, Moore, Hood, Sands receive non-roster invitations to big league camp

Indians sign 4 players to Minor League deals

The Indians announced Monday the signings of catcher Brett Hayes, catcher Adam Moore, outfielder Destin Hood and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to Minor League contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League camp.

Hayes, 30, spent most of the first four months of the 2014 season backing up Salvador Perez in Kansas City before spending the final month of the campaign in Triple-A Omaha. He began his professional career 10 years ago in the Marlins' system and has appeared in 175 Major League games since 2009.

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Tribe hopes first move a precursor to many more

After acquiring Moss on Monday, Indians still looking for pitching depth

Tribe hopes first move a precursor to many more

SAN DIEGO -- It was a head-spinning Winter Meetings in terms of transactions. There was so much movement around baseball over the final few days that it would be easy to forget that it was the Indians who sparked the action with the first deal.

Cleveland reeled in slugger Brandon Moss in a trade with Oakland on Monday morning, sending Minor League infielder Joe Wendle to the A's to complete the swap. That was the highlight of the week for the Indians, who then watched the White Sox, Tigers, Royals and Twins each make moves that could make for a tight American League Central race in 2015.

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Moss reunion creates boon, challenge for Francona

Depth at first, corner outfield spots could lead to other moves for Tribe

Moss reunion creates boon, challenge for Francona

SAN DIEGO -- Indians manager Terry Francona made a point to deliver a message to Brandon Moss while they were both at the All-Star Game last summer. Francona had managed Moss in Boston when the outfielder was first breaking into the big leagues, long before he developed into one of the game's top sluggers.

"I said, 'Man, I'm so proud of you,'" Francona said on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. "He had turned into this man."

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Tribe selects Minor League righty Francisco in Rule 5 Draft

The final day of the Winter Meetings began with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams were only able to make a selection if it had space on its 40-man roster.

ROUND 1
1. Arizona Diamondbacks: C Oscar Hernandez, Rays
2. Colorado Rockies: IF Mark Canha, Marlins
3. Texas Rangers: OF Delino DeShields Jr., Astros
4. Houston Astros: RHP Jason Garcia, Red Sox
5. Minnesota Twins: RHP J.R. Graham, Braves
6. Boston Red Sox: RHP Jandel Gustave, Astros
7. Chicago Cubs: SS Taylor Featherston, Rockies
8. Philadelphia Phillies: IF David Herrera, Rangers
9. Miami Marlins: LHP Andrew McKirahan, Cubs
10. New York Mets: LHP Sean Gilmartin, Twins
11. Atlanta Braves: RHP Daniel Winkler, Rockies
12. Seattle Mariners: LHP David Rollins, Astros
13. Baltimore Orioles: RHP Logan Verrett, Mets

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Preparation key to shoring up Indians' defense

Improving offense, adding pitching also remain on agenda for Meetings

Preparation key to shoring up Indians' defense

SAN DIEGO -- More than anything, it was poor defense that cost the Indians the chance to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year last season. Finding ways to clean up issues in the field has been a priority for the club this winter.

If the Indians head into Spring Training with the same infield alignment they used at the end of last season -- a distinct possibility right now -- then the challenge exists within the preparation. That is why general manager Chris Antonetti, manager Terry Francona and other members of the front office and coaching staff have discussed ideas for improving Spring Training workouts.

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Rotation depth key to Indians contending in 2015

AL Central rivals continue to acquire top talent

Rotation depth key to Indians contending in 2015

SAN DIEGO -- The landscape of the American League Central is not getting any easier for the Indians. The Tigers have won four straight division titles, the Royals reached the World Series this past season and the White Sox have been making headlines at these Winter Meetings.

Cleveland expects to contend for the Central crown next year, but general manager Chris Antonetti knows the club continues to have a daunting road ahead.

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Indians gauging Hafner's interest in Minor League job

Slugger may become part-time hitting coach

Indians gauging Hafner's interest in Minor League job

SAN DIEGO -- The Indians gave Travis Hafner a chance to coach in the Arizona instructional league this fall and came away impressed. Cleveland is now open to hiring the former slugger as a part-time Minor League hitting coach.

On Tuesday, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti praised Hafner's first stint as a coach in the Tribe's system. Antonetti said he met with Cleveland's former designated hitter earlier this winter to discuss his plans for the future.

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Grandmother forever in Brantley's heart

Tribe outfielder welcomes MLB's cancer awareness initiatives

Grandmother forever in Brantley's heart

SAN DIEGO -- The baseball bounced up the middle, skipping to the left of Rays pitcher Alex Colome, but taking its sweet time to roll through the infield for a sure single. Michael Brantley had been waiting a few days for this hit, so naturally the ball teased him during its journey to the outfield grass.

When Brantley knew for certain that he had collected that single on Sept. 27, giving him an even 200 hits on the season, it was a load off the shoulders for the Indians outfielder. It was also an emotional moment for Brantley, who ran through first base, touched both hands to his mouth and blew a kiss to the sky.

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Tribe lands versatile Moss from A's for prospect Wendle

Slugger could see time in outfield, at first base or designated hitter

Tribe lands versatile Moss from A's for prospect Wendle

SAN DIEGO -- The Indians entered this offseason with the goal of adding an impact bat to the heart of their lineup. On Monday, the first day of the Winter Meetings, Cleveland met that goal by acquiring slugger Brandon Moss in a trade with the A's.

Reports had swirled for days that the Tribe was on the cusp of reeling in Moss -- one of baseball's premier left-handed power hitters -- but the talks continued until members of both clubs convened in San Diego and completed the deal.

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Richard Justice

Moss a great fit in Tribe lineup, clubhouse

Slugger could boost middle of order, help Cleveland to playoffs

Moss a great fit in Tribe lineup, clubhouse

SAN DIEGO -- As much as the Indians might like this trade today, they're probably going to like it even more next summer. Aren't those the best kind?

First, Brandon Moss is a nice fit in the lineup. That's the easy part to figure out after the Indians acquired him from the A's for Minor League infielder Joe Wendle on Monday.

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LUNGevity cause hits home to members of Tribe

Indians auctioning items that feature Francona, Brantley

LUNGevity cause hits home to members of Tribe

SAN DIEGO -- A year ago at this time, Monica Barlow was on stage with her public-relations counterparts at baseball's Winter Meetings, helping to raise awareness of a cause that was very personal for her.

On Monday her peers continued in her memory.

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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' Kluber, Chisenhall net GIBBYs

American League Cy Young Award winner adds to trophy case

Indians' Kluber, Chisenhall net GIBBYs

Corey Kluber and Lonnie Chisenhall turned in two of the most memorable performances of 2014.

Kluber's effort lasted a full season and earned him the American League Cy Young Award, while Chisenhall's was an all-time, single-game performance.

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Indians happy that Cash is getting chance to manage

Former Cleveland bullpen coach named Tampa Bay's skipper

Indians happy that Cash is getting chance to manage

CLEVELAND -- From the day the Indians added Kevin Cash to their coaching staff, the organization felt his time in Cleveland could be short. The Tribe realized right away that Cash -- despite his short resume and young age -- had the potential to be a manager in the Major Leagues.

On Friday, Cash received that chance with Tampa Bay, which named him its manager after losing Joe Maddon to the Cubs earlier this offseason. Cash spent the past two seasons as Cleveland's bullpen coach, but it did not take long for him to strengthen his reputation for being a stellar coach and strong communicator.

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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.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Indians tender five arbitration-eligible players

Indians tender five arbitration-eligible players

CLEVELAND -- Four of the Indians' five arbitration-eligible players this offseason are already virtual locks to begin next season on the Opening Day roster. It made financial and statistical sense to retain the entire group for at least one more year.

Prior to Tuesday's deadline for offering contracts to any unsigned players, Cleveland tendered all five of its arbitration candidates: starter Carlos Carrasco, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski, setup man Bryan Shaw and right-hander Josh Tomlin.

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Bond with father helping Brantley thrive on field

Indians outfielder guided at plate by dad, who played four seasons in Majors with Mariners

Bond with father helping Brantley thrive on field

CLEVELAND -- No one understands the subtleties of Michael Brantley's swing better than the Indians outfielder. A close second would be his father, Mickey, who often assumes the role of personal hitting coach when he is not standing back and admiring from afar as a proud dad.

Hitting baseballs hard is the Brantley family trade.

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Chasing Tigers, not much tinkering for most of AL Central

White Sox add LaRoche, Duke, but Tribe, Twins, Royals yet to make big offseason splash

Chasing Tigers, not much tinkering for most of AL Central

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

After re-signing the American League MVP runner-up and picking up club options on some complementary pieces, the Tigers are the AL Central team that everyone is looking at, as they must decide if they will spend big to bring back Max Scherzer in their quest to win their fifth straight division title. The rest of the division has remained relatively quiet thus far, save for the White Sox, who added a slugger and a key bullpen arm.

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Indians Inbox: Will Kipnis rebound in 2015?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers fans' questions

Indians Inbox: Will Kipnis rebound in 2015?

Do you expect Jason Kipnis to improve next year over last season? Was there a health issue that affected his 2014 production?
-- Chris T., Roanoke, Va.

Kipnis is his toughest critic, even when he's hitting well for the Tribe. Given his personality and drive to be a leader for the Indians, I'd expect him to do everything in his power to, as manager Terry Francona has phrased it a few times, come back "with a vengeance" next season.

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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.

Cleveland hosts Thanksgiving for area children, families

Cleveland hosts Thanksgiving for area children, families

CLEVELAND -- When the elevator doors opened, Paul Dolan was there waiting. The Indians owner, chairman and chief executive officer greeted the team's guests with a smile on Sunday, offered to take their coats and hung them on a rack outside Progressive Field's Terrace Club.

It was a small gesture on the part of Dolan, but it was a glimpse into the importance that the Cleveland organization has placed on being there for the local community. A host of front-office and staff members were on hand Sunday to help serve a Thanksgiving dinner to an estimated 375 people, providing the the kind of holiday festivities that the families might not otherwise experience.

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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.

Broadcaster Hamilton talks all things Tribe

'Voice of the Indians' discusses new book, '90s memories and more in Q&A session

Broadcaster Hamilton talks all things Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Multiple books have been made this year in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the opening of Jacobs Field and the flood of division titles that followed, but none are as authoritative as the one published by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton this month.

"Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field, 1994-1997" (Gray & Company) is a fun collection of anecdotes from Pluto, the prolific author and Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist, and Hamilton, the longtime voice of the Indians. It covers the construction of both a ballpark and a ballclub and shares the behind-the-scenes stories about the quirky characters that made those 1990s Indians teams interesting on and off the field.

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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.

Tribe considering new third-base option in Headley

Free agent may be prime candidate to add defense at hot corner

Tribe considering new third-base option in Headley

CLEVELAND -- Publicly, the Indians have not made third base a priority in their offseason pursuits, focusing instead on rotation and bullpen depth. Privately, though, the Indians appear at least slightly open to the possibility of tinkering with the position, especially if it can improve their defensive outlook.

The Indians are among several teams who have shown an interest in free-agent third baseman Chase Headley, according to a source. The source could not confirm whether or not an offer is on the table, but it said Headley is in the midst of "weeding out" the clubs that will not be a good fit for him.

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O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

The Indians traded left-hander Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash considerations on Wednesday, with Baltimore also signing infielder Rey Navarro to a Major League contract.

"Barnes has a good arm and a sharp slider that he uses to get out both left- and right-handed hitters," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. "Navarro is a switch-hitting infielder who our scouts like at second base, who has good on-base skills and developing power."

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Indians have knack for predicting future performance

Indians have knack for predicting future performance

CLEVELAND -- There is an innate desire to declare a trade either a win or a loss for a team in the immediate aftermath of a transaction. The reality is that it can take years, or entire careers, before a deal can be accurately analyzed and a winner determined.

When Corey Kluber looked off camera, smiled and gave a thumb's up to his family -- signaling that he had won the American League Cy Young Award -- it was a victory for more than the people in the room with him. His moment in the spotlight was a win for the Indians' organization, which acquired Kluber from the Padres four years ago in a three-team swap.

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Indians acquire Brewer from D-backs; designate Barnes

Indians acquire Brewer from D-backs; designate Barnes

The Indians added one pitcher to their roster Sunday and removed another, acquiring right-hander Charles Brewer from the D-backs in exchange for cash considerations and designating left-hander Scott Barnes for assignment.

Brewer was Arizona's 12th-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of UCLA and saw his only big league action in '13, making four relief appearances. He gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out five.

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