Entries in Cleveland Indians (213)


Indians Agree to Contract Extension with Pitcher Carlos Carrasco

iStockphoto/Thnkstock(NEW YORK) -- First, the Cleveland Indians locked up ace Cory Kluber, and now they've given their number-two starter an extension as they've agreed on a deal with Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco's new deal will pay him through the 2018 season while also including club options for the 2019 and 2020 season.

This is quite the career turnaround for Carrasco, who at one point was an after-thought for the team. He was a highly regarded pitching prospect during his time with the Philadelphia Phillies, and was the centerpiece in the deal sending Cliff Lee to Philadelphia in July 2009.

Toiling back and forth from the rotation and bullpen, Carrasco seemed to figure things out last season as he went 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 14 starts and 26 appearances out of the bullpen.

In a 10-start stretch for the Indians from August-September, he went 5-3 with a 1.30 ERA along with 90 strikeouts in 69.0 innings.

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Report: Indians Lock Up Kluber

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Indians and closer Corey Kluber have agreed to a five-year extension, according to ESPN. 

Kluber, 28, won the 2014 Cy Young Award while hitting career bests with an 18-9 record, 269 strikeouts and a 2.44 ERA.

BB Abbot, Kluber's agent, was confident that a deal would be reached as of Saturday.

"It's slow going, but I'm encouraged," said Abbott on Saturday. "We continue to talk and try to find a middle ground. The conversations have been cordial."

Kluber will headline a rotation that includes Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Zach McAllister and TJ House.

The deal will become official once Kluber passes a physical. 

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Indians Sign Veteran LHP Bruce Chen to Minor-League Contract

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians signed veteran left-hander Bruce Chen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chen was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 1993. In 16 big-league seasons with the Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, he has compiled a record of 82-80 with a 4.58 ERA. He's also struck out 1,136 batters in 1,525 2-3 innings of work.

Last season with the Royals, he went 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA. He battled a back injury for most of the year.

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Floyd Inks 1-Year Deal with Indians 

Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians signed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract Tuesday.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the deal is worth $4 million and could earn Floyd another $6 million in incentives.

The 31-year-old Floyd made only five starts in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He made nine starts for Atlanta the following season before suffering a fracture in the same elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

"His elbow's actually fine," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We went through an extensive physical...His ligament is strong and intact. The fracture he suffered last year is well healed. We expect him to be fully ready for Spring Training."

Before 2013, Floyd was one of the more consistent pitchers in the major leagues. The right-hander pitched five straight seasons of at least 29 starts for the Chicago White Sox.

During his 11 big league seasons, Floyd has pitched 1,205 2/3 innings, compiling a 72-72 record with a 4.40 ERA, 948 strike outs, and a 1.33 WHIP.

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Kershaw and Kluber Take Home NL, AL Cy Young Awards

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber were named, respectively, the National League and American League Cy Young Award winners Wednesday.

Kershaw has now won the award three times in the last four seasons, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Jim Palmer, and Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers to achieve that feat.

The 26-year-old Kershaw was dominating after missing the first part of the season with a back injury. He threw his first career no-hitter and led the majors in wins (21), ERA (1.77), and WHIP (0.86), while striking out 239 batters in 198.1 innings.

Kershaw received all 30 first-place votes that were cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto came in second and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright came in third.

As for Kluber, he narrowly beat out Seattle's Felix Hernandez for the award. Kluber finished with 169 points, while Hernandez received 159 points.

The 28-year-old Kluber, who was only in his second full season as a starter, pitched 235 2/3 innings, striking out 269 batters, while compiling an 18-9 record with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.095 WHIP.

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Indians Reward Manager Terry Francona with Extension

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since taking over the Cleveland Indians, manager Terry Francona has helped turned the Indians around to a competitive team in the American League Central. That is why the team has agreed on an extension with their skipper.

Francona's new deal will keep him in an Indians uniform through the 2018 season. It also includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In his first season with the Indians back in 2013, Francona guided the Indians to a 92-win season, which was the most wins in a single season since 2007.

That year the Indians also made the playoffs for the first time since 2007, while Francona won the American League Manager of the Year Award.

This past season, the Indians took a slight step back, but still finished 85-77.

In 14 seasons as a Major League manager with the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Indians, Francona has 1,206 wins, which is the fourth-most among active managers.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 9 (95-63) – New York Yankees 5 (81-77)

Detroit Tigers 6 (88-70) – Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88)

Minnesota Twins 2 (68-90) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (63-96)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (98-61) – Oakland Athletics 4 (86-72)

Toronto Blue Jays 1 (81-77) – Seattle Mariners 0 (83-75)

Cleveland Indians 6 (83-76) – Kansas City Royals 4 (86-72)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (81-77) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (73-85)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (72-86) – Miami Marlins 1 (75-82)

Atlanta Braves 6 (77-81) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (86-72)

Boston Red Sox 11 (69-89) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (76-82)

Chicago Cubs 3 (71-88) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (88-71)

New York Mets (76-81) – Washington Nationals (92-64) (postponed due to rain)

Texas Rangers 5 (65-93) – Houston Astros 1 (69-90)

San DiegoPadres 4 (76-82) – Colorado Rockies 3 (66-93)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (91-68) – San Francisco Giants 1 (85-73)

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Indians' Jason Kipnis Thinks New Contract Led to Poor Season

BananaStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Even by his standards, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has struggled to follow up his breakout 2013 season despite a new contract. Kipnis thinks his new deal is partially to blame for his struggles.

"I might have taken it the wrong way," Kipnis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "There’s one of two ways to go about it. There’s 'Hey, I have the security and the money now I can go out and just play the game of baseball.' I took the way, where, 'I’ve got this money, I’ve got to live up to it.'"

"So I might have pressed at the beginning and tried to do too much," he continued. "In hindsight that could have hurt me and played a little part of this season."

Last season, Kipnis made the American League All-Star team after he batted .284 with 17 home runs with 84 RBIs and 30 steals.

The Indians rewarded Kipnis with a six-year contract extension worth $52.5 million.

Kipnis has struggled to live up to the deal this season. Through 119 games, he's hitting .247 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.

The 27-year-old Kipnis is a career .264 hitter.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 2: Baltimore Ravens 26 (1-1) – Pittsburgh Steelers 6 (1-1)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 8 (75-69) – Minnesota Twins 2 (62-83) Game One

Cleveland Indians 2 (76-69) – Minnesota Twins 0 (62-84) Game Two

Cincinnati Reds 1 (70-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (80-67)

Chicago White Sox 1 (66-80) – Oakland Athletics 0 (81-65)

San Francisco Giants 6 (81-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-87)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (77-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (67-79)

New York Yankees 5 (75-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (70-77)

Washington Nationals 6 (83-62) – New York Mets 2 (71-76)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (91-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (54-92)

Boston Red Sox 6 (64-83) – Kansas City Royals 3 (80-65)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (76-71) – Miami Marlins 2 (71-74)


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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 1 (78-61) - New York Yankees 0 (72-67)

Miami Marlins 11 (68-71) - Atlanta Braves 3 (73-68)

Cleveland Indians 2 (72-67) - Chicago White Sox 1 (63-77) - 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (68-74) - Baltimore Orioles 0 (82-58)

New York Mets 14 (67-74 ) - Cincinnati Reds 5 (66-75)

Boston Red Sox 9 (62-79) - Toronto Blue Jays 8 (72-68) - 10 Innings

Colorado Rockies 3 (57-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-74)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (74-67) - Cardinals 2 (77-64) 

Seattle Mariners 7 (77-63) - Texas Rangers 5 (53-88)

Philadelphia Phillies 9 (65-75) - Washington Nationals 8 (79-60) - 11 Innings

San Francisco Giants 8 (77-64) - Detroit Tigers 2 (77-64)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (85-55) - Minnesota Twins 6 (61-80) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (79-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (59-82)

Houston Astros 4 (62-79) - Oakland Athletics 3 (79-61)

Pittsburgh Pirates - Chicago Cubs - Suspended (Rain)

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