Tribe deals utility man Sellers to Pirates

Tribe deals utility man Sellers to Pirates

CLEVELAND -- The Indians cleared a spot on their roster on Saturday, trading utility man Justin Sellers to the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

The move with Sellers, who spent most of this past season with Triple-A Columbus, reduces Cleveland's 40-man roster to 38 players, as the club prepares for offseason maneuvering. The presence of the versatile Zach Walters, along with the possibility that Cleveland will exercise utility man Mike Aviles' $3.5 million club option for 2015, made Sellers expendable.

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Brantley, Gomes named AL Gold Glove finalists

Playing left and center, outfielder committed one error in 2014

Brantley, Gomes named AL Gold Glove finalists

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley earned a trip to his first All-Star Game this past season and turned in the kind of campaign worthy of consideration for the American League's Most Valuable Player honor. The Indians outfielder is now in the mix for a Rawlings AL Gold Glove Award.

On Thursday, Rawlings unveiled the finalists for the 2014 Awards, which will be revealed at 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 4 on ESPN2. Brantley and Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes were both among the three finalists from each position in the AL and NL. Gold Glove Award nominations are based 75 percent on voting by AL coaches and managers and 25 percent on defensive metrics.

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Catching prospect Wolters guides big rally in AFL

Converted catcher leads way behind plate for bullpen's 8 2/3 shutout innings

Catching prospect Wolters guides big rally in AFL

Entering Friday, the midway point in the Arizona Fall League season, Peoria was in last place with a 3-10-2 record. The Javelinas had lost four straight games, scoring just four runs during the skid.

Peoria quickly fell behind Mesa on Friday afternoon, as starter Dylan Baker was knocked out of the game after recording one out and giving up four runs. But the Javelinas were undeterred and scored nine unanswered runs to defeat the Solar Sox, 9-4.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Inbox: What will the Indians' bullpen look like in 2015?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Tribe fans' questions

Inbox: What will the Indians' bullpen look like in 2015?

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What kind of relievers do you think Cleveland will be interested in this offseason? And will Cody Allen still be the relief ace?
-- @EdTheRevelator (via Twitter)

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Indians Arizona Fall League overview

Top prospect Lindor works on supplementing outstanding defense at short

Indians Arizona Fall League overview

Players headed to the Arizona Fall League typically have about a month between the end of the Minor League season and Opening Day in the desert. It can be a chance to rest and recover from the long season before beginning anew in the AFL.

The break was a bit shorter for Francisco Lindor, the Indians' top prospect, whose season was extended as Triple-A Columbus reached the International League playoffs. Still, the time off was almost unbearable.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Diminishing power not just an Indians issue

Club seeking deep, productive lineup with home runs down across Majors

Diminishing power not just an Indians issue

CLEVELAND -- There has been a noticeable lack of thump in the heart of the Indians' lineup over the past several seasons. There have been fewer balls sent sailing to the Home Run Porch down the left-field line or clanking off the bleacher seats at Progressive Field.

When Cleveland's offense went stagnant in the second half this year, the annual cries for an impact bat to beef up the middle of the order became louder. It sounds so simple: go get a big bat, watch the power numbers soar and climb the standings. The only problem is that obtaining power is a growing problem throughout baseball.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tribe's Smith hits walk-off double at Fall League

Pirates pitching prospects on point for Scottsdale before Peoria's late rally

Tribe's Smith hits walk-off double at Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Major Leagues' scintillating, unpredictable postseason is on hiatus, but scintillating, unpredictable baseball goes on.

The Arizona Fall League filled the void Saturday, with Peoria's 4-3, 11th-inning walk-off win over Scottsdale.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Inbox: When can Lindor be expected to join Tribe?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers Indians fans' questions

Inbox: When can Lindor be expected to join Tribe?

What is a realistic timeframe for shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor? What happens with Jose Ramirez if he continues to play well? Any chance second baseman Jason Kipnis moves back to the outfield?
-- Adam S., Broken Arrow, Okla.

Barring an injury or unexpected trade, I would be absolutely stunned if we don't see Lindor in the big leagues with the Indians at some point during the 2015 season. I do not expect that to be on Opening Day. The job out of the gates would seem to fall to Ramirez, who played admirably at shortstop in the second half of this season.

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D-backs off the table, Alomar Jr. may still get a shot

Indians coach also a candidate for Twins' managerial opening

D-backs off the table, Alomar Jr. may still get a shot

The industry expectation is that, one of these days, Sandy Alomar Jr. will get his shot at a full-time managerial gig. But that chance won't be with the Arizona D-backs in 2015.

Arizona has picked former A's bench coach Chip Hale to replace Kirk Gibson, who was dismissed shortly before the end of the '14 season. Alomar had been one of the nine candidates named for the job, and he interviewed with the club last week.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Indians set to host Tribe Fest Jan. 24-25

The Indians will host this year's Tribe Fest from Jan. 24-25 at Progressive Field, the team announced Tuesday.

The third annual event, presented by KeyBank, will feature Indians players, manager Terry Francona and Tribe alumni. Player autographs, question-and-answer sessions and other fan-friendly activities will all be a part of the event.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Swisher named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award winner

First baseman joins Hall of Fame manager Lasorda, Chief Petty Officer Thompson

Swisher named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award winner

CLEVELAND -- Bob Feller accomplished a long list of feats while wearing an Indians jersey, but donning a uniform for the United States Navy brought the late pitcher the most pride. Feller's legacy both on and off the field lives on through a unique and fitting award that bears his name.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award was established last year and is meant to honor three men who possess the values, integrity and dedication to serving the United States that Feller displayed. On Wednesday, Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson of the U.S. Navy were revealed as the 2014 recipients of the accolade.

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Feller statue temporarily moved as part of renovation

Indians president Shapiro 'amazed' by pace of demolition

Feller statue temporarily moved as part of renovation

CLEVELAND -- The Bob Feller statue took a ride on East Ninth Street earlier this week. The iconic Indians pitcher's famously frozen delivery -- right hand low, left leg kicked high -- was hoisted by a front-end loader at Progressive Field and temporarily transported down the block.

The odd image of Feller's rendering rolling down the road was a dramatic reminder of the sweeping changes currently taking place at Cleveland's home ballpark. Hundreds of stadium seats have been removed, sections of the center-field backdrop have been demolished and the Tribe's planned overhaul is officially a reality.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Inbox: How is the Tribe looking this offseason?

Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers questions from Indians fans

Inbox: How is the Tribe looking this offseason?

How do you judge the Tribe's offseason positioning this year compared to last? Are they in a better or worse position?
-- Joe B., Cleveland

That is a good question -- one that Indians general manager Chris Antonetti addressed during his season-end sit-down. Despite the team winning seven fewer games this season compared to 2013, Antonetti feels that Cleveland is in a better position heading into this offseason.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Kluber-led staff fuels Indians' hopes for 2015

Young rotation sets solid foundation for roster heading into offseason

Kluber-led staff fuels Indians' hopes for 2015

CLEVELAND -- The Indians might not need to worry about finding a front-line starter to lead their pitching staff this offseason. Cleveland discovered this year that it already had one in hand.

The breakout showing from right-hander Corey Kluber, combined with the strong second-half performance by Cleveland's young and controllable starting rotation as a group, has laid the groundwork for optimism for the 2015 season. If pitching is what paves the way to the postseason, the Indians appear to be positioned well for the near future.

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Kluber's September to remember nets monthly honor

Indians right-hander named AL Pitcher of the Month, a career first

Kluber's September to remember nets monthly honor

Corey Kluber finished the year with one more accolade in hopes of earning some more hardware in the near future.

The American League Cy Young Award candidate finished the month of September with a 5-1 record and 2.09 ERA, earning the AL Pitcher of the Month Award for the first time in his career.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pitching kept Tribe in hunt for postseason return

Kluber emerges as staff ace for promising rotation; injuries hamper offense's output

Pitching kept Tribe in hunt for postseason return

CLEVELAND -- The Indians made their goal known from the early days of Spring Training. Cleveland's players made it clear that complacency was not an option and that there was unfinished business to take care of this year.

The injuries, inconsistencies and trades that altered the shape of the roster over the season's six months could not be predicted. In that sense, what Cleveland accomplished -- falling just short of a second straight trip to the playoffs -- was impressive. Then again, coming close is not what the players inside the Tribe's clubhouse had in mind.

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Rotation's progress reason for Tribe optimism

Starters, led by Kluber, topped AL in ERA and strikeouts in second half

Rotation's progress reason for Tribe optimism

CLEVELAND -- Looking ahead to next season, a main source of optimism for the Indians is the performance of their starting rotation this past year and the collective contractual landscape of the group for the next several campaigns.

Cleveland boasted the best rotation in the American League in the second half and the club has the ability to retain the entire cast. During a season-end sitdown with reporters on Monday afternoon, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said acquiring pitching remains a priority as the Tribe begins formulating its plans for the winter.

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Veteran Giambi unsure of future

Veteran Giambi unsure of future

CLEVELAND -- The time will come for veteran Jason Giambi to sit down and ponder his future in the game. Standing at his locker inside the Indians' clubhouse on Sunday morning, Giambi said that time had not yet arrived for him.

Following Sunday's game against the Rays, Giambi will have completed his 20th season in the Major Leagues. The 43-year-old designated hitter has yet to say one way or another if he will try to return as a player next year. For the moment, he said he has only one goal on his mind.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Youngsters help Tribe cruise in season finale

House pitches five strong innings; Walters drives in two

Youngsters help Tribe cruise in season finale

CLEVELAND -- Looking back is not something that Indians manager Terry Francona enjoys doing. Over the final two days of this season, with his team playing for pride rather than a trip to the postseason, Francona still did what he could to sidestep questions about the past six months.

Francona wants to know what the Indians are going to do next and plans on shifting his focus to identifying ways to improve the roster over the winter. For all the positives that existed within the 2014 campaign -- and there were plenty -- Sunday's 7-2 win over the Rays only reinforced the biggest letdown: Cleveland is not returning to the playoffs.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brantley's 200th hit caps history-making season

Brantley's 200th hit caps history-making season

CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley elevated his offensive game to new heights this season, emerging as the Indians' top overall player. With a one-out single in the fourth inning on Saturday, the outfielder also entered uncharted statistical waters in terms of team history.

Brantley's hit off Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Colome marked the 200th hit of the season for the All-Star left fielder. With that hit, Brantley became the first batter in Cleveland history to have at least 20 stolen bases, 20 home runs, 40 doubles and 200 hits in a single campaign.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Shaw sets Indians mark with 80th appearance

Shaw sets Indians mark with 80th appearance

CLEVELAND -- Bryan Shaw emerged from the center-field bullpen door, jogged to the mound at Progressive Field and entered the Indians' record book.

With his one-batter outing in the ninth inning of Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Rays, Shaw set Cleveland's single-season franchise record with his 80th appearance of the year. Indians manager Terry Francona knew that reaching that milestone was important for the setup man.

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Gomes had prime seating for Kluber's Cy-caliber season

Gomes had prime seating for Kluber's Cy-caliber season

CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes had the best possible view of Corey Kluber's incredible season for the Indians. From behind the plate, the young catcher helped guide the pitcher through brilliant outings and got to experience a firsthand look at an emerging ace.

"He made it pretty easy," Gomes said. "You see the hard work he puts in and how focused he is coming into a start. We have a pretty good game plan going in every day and it just shows how good of a communication level we had this year.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Carrasco strong, Brantley gets milestone in loss

Righty cements case for 2015 staff, fanning 10 Rays

Carrasco strong, Brantley gets milestone in loss

CLEVELAND -- The Indians held out faith that Carlos Carrasco's right arm could turn him into a rotation cornerstone. For the final two months of this season, the pitcher finally seized the opportunity in overpowering fashion.

On Saturday night, the Indians took the field for the first time this year without October baseball as a possibility and dropped a 2-0 decision to the Rays. A silver lining came in the form of Carrasco, who turned in another strong performance to end his season, giving the Tribe reason to be optimistic about the front end of its starting staff for the 2015.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Kluber makes closing statement for Cy with 11-K gem

Ramirez's homer holds up for win, but postseason hopes end

Kluber makes closing statement for Cy with 11-K gem

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber did his part in trying to save the Indians' season, and the pitcher made quite a statement in the process.

On Friday night, Kluber put the finishing touches on a brilliant campaign in a 1-0 victory over the Rays at Progressive Field, giving voters one more pristine pitching line to consider while filling out their ballot for the American League Cy Young Award. Out of Kluber's control was Cleveland's fate in the AL postseason picture.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cleveland's improbable postseason run ends with A's win

Cleveland's improbable postseason run ends with A's win

CLEVELAND -- The Indians enjoyed only a brief taste of the postseason a year ago, playing in front of a packed Progressive Field in the American League Wild Card Game. It was an electric evening for the city, but one that served as an October tease when the Tribe lost to the Rays.

On Friday night, the Indians picked up a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay behind a strong performance from Corey Kluber, but this was hardly a case of payback. This was a win built on desperation, and it still led to another night of deflation as Cleveland saw its improbable road to the postseason officially end.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tribe sets MLB single-season strikeout record

Staff has fanned 1,431 batters in 2014, setting a new mark

Tribe sets MLB single-season strikeout record

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber unleashed his signature sinker in the eighth inning on Friday night and pushed the Indians to a Major League record.

When Tampa Bay's David DeJesus swung through the 95-mph two-seamer from Cleveland's Cy Young Award candidate, the Tribe established a benchmark for team strikeouts in a single season. The Indians ended Friday's 1-0 victory with a dozen punchouts, giving their pitching staff 1,431 on the year.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Swish, Giambi not surprised by former 'mate Jeter's walk-off

Swish, Giambi not surprised by former 'mate Jeter's walk-off

CLEVELAND -- Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher watched Derek Jeter's final home game with the Yankees from start to finish on Thursday night. When Jeter delivered a walk-off hit in his final at-bat in pinstripes, Swisher felt it was the perfect conclusion to an amazing career.

"I don't know any other way he could've ended his career other than that," said Swisher, who was teammates with Jeter in New York from 2009-12. "You can't script that, man. I think the biggest thing people need to understand is things like that don't happen.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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