April 24, 2014

MLB Trade Rumors: Cabrera to D-Backs would be part of four-team deal

If the Cleveland Indians move shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Arizona Diamondbacks, it would reportedly be a part of a four-team blockbuster trades involving multiple moving pieces, but at this stage is unlikely to happen at this point.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal helps clear the muddy waters by saying that in addition to the Tribe and D-Backs, the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners would also be seeing their name in the MLB’s transaction page. Per Rosenthal, the driving force is Jon Daniels, the general manager of the Texas Rangers, who covets Arizona’s Justin Upton.

The Indians would send Cabrera to Arizona, getting a combination of players — starting pitcher Trevor Bauer continues to be in the mix, as do left-hander Patrick Corbin and Texas infielder Mike Olt. The fourth team, currently the Seattle Mariners, would give up prospects of their own and receiver Texas pitcher (and Newark, OH native) Derek Holland.

The Mariners are reportedly unsure about the deal, which could lead to yet another fourth team being placed into the mix if the trade is to be consummated.

Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti has spent much of this offseason looking for contingency plans at shortstop, acquiring veteran Mike Aviles and talking with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the young speedster Dee Gordon. A two-time All-Star at a notoriously shallow position, Cabrera continues to be one of the team’s best assets in the trading market.

[Related: Tribe At The Winter Meetings: Will They Add, Or Blow It Up?]

MLB Rumors: Indians “prime suitors” for Shane Victorino

The Cleveland Indians are reportedly “prime suitors” for veteran outfielder Shane Victorino.

In dire need of adding talent at a position of need, the Indians, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, have emerged as the likely landing spot for the long-time Philadelphia Phillies outfielder. Chris Antonetti has long been a fan of Victorino with interest dating back to last season. He’s joined by the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankess in terms of interested parties.

Crasnick reports via Twitter that newly hired manager Terry Francona personally called Victorino earlier this offseason.

The 31-year-old outfielder is coming off of a disappointing 2012 season — in comparison to the 2009 and 2011 seasons wherein Victorino garnered MVP consideration — in which he hit .255/.321/.383 with 11 home runs, 55 runs batted in, 39 stolen bases and a career-worst OPS of .704.

Seeing that outfielders BJ Upton and Angel Pagan have signed long-term deals, it is believed that Victorino is seeking a contract in the 3-to-4-year range. It is believed that a deal, regardless of team, could get done before teams leave Nashville’s Winter Meetings.

[Related: Tribe At The Winter Meetings: Will They Add, Or Blow It Up?]

MLB News: Grady Sizemore undergoes another microfracture surgery

Grady Sizemore’s agent, Joe Urbon, confirmed that the former Cleveland Indians outfielder had microfracture surgery on his right knee this past September.

Sizemore previously had microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2010, one of the several operations he has undergone since his stretch of MVP-like performances between 2006-2008. Though Sizemore missed all of the 2012 season after injuring his back in Spring Training, it appears that the knee was a continual source of pain and frustration throughout the year.

Urbon reportedly stated that this microfracture surgery was “a lot less invasive” than Sizemore’s first, but the player understands the bid to return to the field is going to be a long process given his recent history. Returning to the field, however, continues to be a priority for the 30-year-old free agent who has played in Cleveland every year of his professional career.

“[Sizemore] has a good mindset,” Urbon said. “He knows what to expect and what each step brings.

“He has every intention of coming back when he’s 100 percent, and not a day sooner.”

Since playing in 162, 162 and 157 games, respectively, Sizemore has combined to play in 210 games over the last three seasons.

[Related: Tribe At The Winter Meetings: Will They Add, Or Blow It Up?]

MLB Hot Stove: Indians reportedly interested in Scott Hariston

Already needing outfield help prior to the likely trading of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Cleveland Indians are one of several teams reportedly interested in 32-year-old New York Mets outfielder Scott Hariston.

Matt Loede of 92.3 The Fan reports that the Tribe join four playoff teams in the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers as potential suitors for the versitile outfielder. In 2012, Hariston hit .263 and 20 homers with 57 runs batted in and was particularly effective against left-handed pitching, hitting .286/.317/.550.

The right-handed Hariston is one of several outfielders linked to the Indians in recent weeks with veterans Jason Bay and Shane Victorino also garnering interest.

[Related: Tribe At The Winter Meetings: Will They Add, Or Blow It Up?]

Tribe At The Winter Meetings: Will They Add, Or Blow It Up?

With Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings getting underway today in Nashville,  your Cleveland Indians find themselves in a very interesting predicament. In dire need of a revamping, Team President Mark Shapiro and GM Chris Antonetti saved their jobs by landing Terry Francona as their manager. While the hiring was a complete coup, none of it will matter unless the now three-headed braintrust monster can figure out a clear path going forward.

But which direction will they go?

As Antonetti will tell you, the core of Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo, Lonnie Chisenhall, Justin Masterson, Vinnie Pestano, and Chris Perez is a nice group of young players that they can build around and contend with. Add a big bat and a couple of starting pitchers, and the Indians could possibly make noise in the AL Central in 2013 if the cards are all played correctly. [Read more...]

Kerry Wood to the Tribe?

Kerry Wood

‘Tis the season for Baseball Winter Meetings, rumors and free agent acquisitions.  While I’ve been in the “Tribe won’t do anything worth mentioning” camp for quite a while now, the news that Kerry Wood is being considered as our 2009 closer is definitely worth mentioning.

Details that are key to the situation: [Read more...]