February 14, 2016

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Indians: Jason Kipnis looking for even more production this season after career year in 2015

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona predicted big things for Jason Kipnis in 2015. The second baseman delivered. As one of the American League’s most productive leadoff batters, Kipnis reached career highs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.303), hits (171), doubles (43) and on-base percentage (.372), while leading all AL players at Read More…

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Josh Tomlin staying around: Right-hander says loyalty’s a big reason why he agreed to new $5.5 million, two-year contract

CLEVELAND — Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it. Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander $11.75 million over three seasons. The 31-year-old agreed Jan. 15 to a $2.25 million, one-year deal Read More…

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Indians get deals done with all arbitration eligible players

CLEVELAND — The Indians hit a grand slam of sorts, coming to contract terms on their four remaining arbitration eligible players. The team reached agreement before Friday’s deadline with Cody Allen on a $4.15 million contract for 2016. They also finalized deals with right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,725,000 million), starter Josh Tomlin ($2.25 million) and Read More…

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Indians: Veteran Mike Napoli says he still has lots in the tank

CLEVELAND — The Indians made it official Tuesday, announcing they had agreed with veteran Mike Napoli on a one-year contract worth $7 million. Napoli is expected to open the season as Cleveland’s starting first baseman — something he said prompted him to sign with the Indians. “I think it was a pretty good opportunity for Read More…

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Indians sign Rajai Davis, like veteran’s speed, versatility

CLEVELAND — Rajai Davis can play all three outfield positions, bat almost anywhere in the lineup and steal a base when needed. Just what the Indians were looking for. With star left fielder Michael Brantley expected to miss the start of next season following shoulder surgery, the Indians and Davis agreed to a one-year contract Read More…

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Indians pick up some power with Napoli signing

CLEVELAND — The Indians may have found a much-needed right-handed hitter — at the right price. Cleveland has an agreement with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli on a $7 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the contract said Wednesday. Napoli’s deal includes $3 million in performance bonuses, said the person who spoke on Read More…

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MLB Winter Meetings: Indians, Reds discussed deal for Frazier

Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that the Indians and Reds discussed a trade for Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier, but that the two sides could not come to an agreement as Day 3 of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings came to an end in Nashville, Tennessee. Cleveland is in search of offense — preferably a right-handed Read More…

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Heat routs Cavs as LeBron sits out

MIAMI — Dressed in a navy coat with a gold crest, a resting LeBron James sported a good look on the Cleveland bench. On the court, the Miami Heat looked better. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and took the fourth quarter off, Tyler Johnson added 19 and the Heat had little trouble beating the Cavs Read More…

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Indians’ Lindor finishes second to Houston’s Correa in AL Rookie of the Year race

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CLEVELAND — According to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Francisco Lindor is not the American League’s Rookie of the Year. That’s going to be a tough sell to the Indians and their fans, who watched the 22-year-old shortstop produce one of the finest debut seasons in team history. Lindor, who led AL rookies in Read More…

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has surgery on right shoulder, might not be ready for 2016 season opener

CLEVELAND — Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will likely miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery. The team said Brantley, Cleveland’s best all-around player, won’t be ready “for game activity” for five to six months after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure Monday in Wilmington, Del. Brantley, who throws left-handed, had a small tear repaired Read More…

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