February 7, 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…

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…

Griffey Jr. and Piazza elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Ken Griffey Jr. was considered Mr. Clean during 22 years in the major leagues, untainted by accusations of drug use as he climbed the home run list during the height of the Steroids Era. He nearly made a clean sweep in Hall of Fame voting. Griffey received 437 of 440 votes in Read More…

Baseball Hall vote: Will Junior set record? Can Bonds get big boost?

NEW YORK — Fewer than 500 people get a vote, but most every baseball fan seems to have a vehement opinion on who belongs in the Hall of Fame. With the election results on deck, a look at what to watch for when the newest members of Cooperstown are announced today at 6 p.m. EST: Read More…

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

The Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Comerica Park, in Detroit. Free agent slugger Mike Napoli and the Cleveland Indians have finalized their $7 million, one-year contract. AP FILE

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…

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…

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…

New commissioner, same result: Pete Rose remains banned from baseball

Former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose tapes a segment for Miami Television News on the campus of Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has rejected Rose'’s plea for reinstatement, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds. Manfred says in a letter sent to Rose and made public on Monday. AP FILE

CINCINNATI — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement on Monday, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds. Manfred said in a letter sent to Rose and made public that baseball’s hits king hasn’t been completely honest about his gambling Read More…

Indians’ Francisco Lindor finishes second to Houston’s Carlos Correa in American League 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…

Jim Ingraham: Improving the Indians won’t be an easy task

If you’re looking for the Indians’ front office this winter, look between a rock and a hard place. That’s where you’ll find president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff, who are going to try to strengthen the team without weakening the team. They will be walking a razor-thin line, because there Read More…