April 17, 2014

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Masterson agrees to pact

CLEVELAND — Justin Masterson won’t be taking that trip to Florida after all. The Indians’ ace right-hander was scheduled for an arbitration hearing Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla., but instead agreed to a one-year contract Tuesday at the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Ariz. Masterson, 28, will earn $9.7625 million in 2014 after going Read More…

Tribe: Fan favorite to join Feller as ex-players immortalized

CLEVELAND — When Jim Thome first started pointing his bat toward the pitcher, he never imagined that subtle movement would one day become immortalized. The Indians announced Saturday they will unveil a statue of Thome at Progressive Field on Aug. 2. Cleveland’s career leader in home runs will be forever honored with the statue, which Read More…

Tribe: Stubbs jettisoned for lefty Outman

CLEVELAND — The Indians have taken some hits to their bullpen this offseason, seeing the departure of two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez, top-shelf setup man Joe Smith and effective right-hander Matt Albers. Over the past few days, they have taken steps to rebuild a relief corps that has been a strength of the team for Read More…

Tribe: Axford agrees to terms

CLEVELAND — After considering some in-house options, the Indians may have found their new closer on the outside. Free agent John Axford, who had 46 saves for Milwaukee in 2011 but has struggled the past two seasons, has agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Indians, pending a physical. Axford is Read More…

Tribe: Murphy may be in outfield mix

CLEVELAND — David Murphy spent this season in a prolonged slump. That didn’t scare away the Indians. A person familiar with the negotiations said the club is close to signing the free-agent outfielder to a two-year contract reportedly worth more than $10 million. Murphy, who spent the past seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, must Read More…

Tribe: Francona gets honor, edges out Boston’s Farrell

CLEVELAND — In his debut season, Terry Francona reversed the fortune of the Indians and changed the losing culture of baseball in Cleveland. For that he was rewarded with his first career manager of the year award Tuesday. Francona, whose Indians matched the franchise record for year-to-year improvement (92 wins from 68 in 2012) and Read More…

Tribe: Jimenez rejects qualifying offer

Ubaldo Jimenez took another step toward walking away from the Indians on Monday, rejecting the team’s $14.1 million qualifying offer. The move was expected from Jimenez, who will test the free-agent market after posting a 13-9 record and 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for Cleveland. None of the 13 major league players presented with qualifying Read More…

Tribe: Plenty of challenges face Tribe

CLEVELAND — The Indians qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2007 while matching the franchise record for improvement in wins from one year to the next. Sustaining that success and building it into something bigger than a one-game wild-card loss is the next challenge for manager Terry Francona and the Indians as Read More…

Tribe: Players feel good about the future

Jason Kipnis is one of the Tribe players who have high hopes for next season. (AP FILE PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — In matching the franchise record for improvement from season to season and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2007, the Indians made baseball relevant in Cleveland once again this year. They’re hoping it doesn’t end there. “For our group as a whole, I felt like we had a good year,” Read More…

Petrak commentary: Cheers for Tribe put on hold until next year

The chant brought it all back. Six years later. The first inning was only a batter old and the red-clad, towel-waving sellout crowd was in full voice. “Let’s go Tribe! Let’s go Tribe!” The ballpark only sounds like this in October. A full house — for the introductions. Nerves, excitement and anticipation expressed through cheers, Read More…