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  • • Corey Kluber placed on IL, will be re-examined in three to four weeks
    A season marred with injuries and slow starts is now getting worse for the Cleveland Indians. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber will miss the next month before being re-evaluated after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his pitching arm. Kluber’s 2019 season took an unfortunate blow on Wednesday night when a line drive drilled him directly in the le...
  • • Francisco Lindor Out Until At Least Late April
    The Indians don’t expect to have star shortstop Francisco Lindor back until at least the end of April, president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti revealed in a radio appearance on WTAM 1100 this afternoon (Twitter link via WKYC-TV’s Nick Camino). Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweets that Lindor has been diagnosed with ...
  • • Royals not optimistic about signing Martin Maldonado
    While the Royals have spoken to Martin Maldonado since learning they’d be without Salvador Perez for the 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that there’s “a gap” between the two sides, adding that Kansas City decision makers aren’t optimistic of agreeing to terms. Maldonado surprisingly remains unsigned despite lo...
  • • Cavaliers cut ties with Cameron Payne
    The Cavaliers will not offer Cameron Payne a standard contract, Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Payne’s second 10-day contract expired on Friday night, and the Cavaliers had to either sign him for the remainder of the season or cut ties with the point guard. Cleveland wanted to maintain roster flexibility heading into the trade d...
  • • Indians Re-Sign Oliver Perez
    The Indians announced Friday that they’ve re-signed left-handed reliever Oliver Perez. It’s a one-year contract with a vesting option for the 2020 season for the Scott Boras client. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Perez will be guaranteed $2.5MM (Twitter link). Perez, 37, quietly enjoyed a surprising career renais...
  • • Report: Browns part ways with Bob Wylie, many other coaches
    Although the Browns kept a key part of their 2018 late-season setup in place, promoting Freddie Kitchens to head coach, they are going to be looking for a largely new staff. In addition to letting interim head coach Gregg Williams go, the Browns are ending the Cleveland tenures of several coaches, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer report...
  • • Report: Freddie Kitchens has 'good chance' of landing Browns' HC job
    As they advance to the finalist stage of their coaching search, the Browns appear to be zeroing in on young play-callers. Kevin Stefanski is headed back to Cleveland for a second interview, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (on Twitter). The coach who took over the Vikings’ play-calling responsibilities late in the season may be...
  • • Quick Hits: Perez, Luzardo, D’Backs
    A few items from around the baseball world as we head into the new week… “There is interest on both sides for a reunion” between the Indians and left-hander Oliver Perez, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, though Hoynes doesn’t expect a deal (if any) to happen for at least a month.  Perez…...
  • • Indians Rumors: Encarnacion, Diaz, Alonso, Santana, Myers, Kluber, Bauer, Kipnis
    The Indians continue to explore trade scenarios involving their veteran players, including some three-team proposals involving Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso, and Yandy Diaz, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.  The three-team discussions are mostly about unloading salaries, which is why Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer have “fo...
  • • Report: Indians exploring potential three-team trade proposals
    The Indians continue to explore trade scenarios involving their veteran players, including some three-team proposals involving Edwin Encarnacion, Yonder Alonso and Yandy Diaz, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The three-team discussions are mostly about unloading salaries, which is why Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer have “for the mo...
  • • Rays, Indians Discussed Trade Of Edwin Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz
    The Rays have had trade discussions with the Indians about first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion and infielder Yandy Diaz, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports (two links).  It isn’t clear if these talks extended beyond anything but due diligence, and Hoynes said that if such a deal is explored, it might come as a…...
  • • Rays, Indians discussed trade of Edwin Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz
    The Rays have had trade discussions with the Indians about first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion and infielder Yandy Diaz, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports (two links).   It isn’t clear if these talks extended beyond anything but due diligence, and Hoynes said that if such a deal is explored, it might come as a second step after other...
  • • Gregg Williams: I would still draft Myles Garrett over Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes
    In 2017, Browns defensive coordinator and now-interim head coach Gregg Williams made a strong push for the team to take Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick rather than take a quarterback. On Friday, he reiterated that stance, saying he would still take the standout defensive end over quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson, Pat...
  • • AL Central Notes: Diaz, Kipnis, Tigers, White Sox
    The latest buzz from around the AL Central… In a look at what the Indians’ lineup could look like in 2019, Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that “serious consideration” is being given to the idea of deploying Yandy Diaz as a regular third baseman.  With Diaz at the hot corner, All-Star Jose…...

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