The Indians made a small trade on Thursday as they acquired right-handed pitcher Jairo Asencio from the Atlanta Braves for cash. With the Indians still looking to fill two spots in the bullpen and many of the candidates currently in camp not impressing this spring, the Indians went outside the organization to potentially fill that need.
On Wednesday afternoon the Indians added yet another non-roster invite to their big league camp this spring when they officially inked free agent infielder Cristian Guzman to a minor league deal. He is a long shot, but he has the defense and experience to maybe be a big league utility option if he is healthy this spring.
The Indians traded left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz to the Texas Rangers today. So ends another career of a minor league pitcher in the Indians' system that had loads of potential but never realized it as an Indian.
The Indians announced today that they have designated left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment. The move was necessitated because they needed to clear space on the 40-man for first baseman Casey Kotchman who they signed back on February 3rd. The Indians now have ten days to trade, release, or outright De La Cruz to the minors.
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have signed free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman to a one-year contract. He will earn $3 million in 2012 and there are incentives in his contract to earn more. The Indians have not yet announced the player that will be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Kotchman.
Kotchman, 28, played with the Tampa Bay Rays last season and finished...
On Tuesday morning the Indians announced that they acquired infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. The Rays had designated him for assignment on January 27th after they signed infielder Jeff Keppinger, and he is now on the Indians 40-man roster. He assumed the spot vacated by Fausto Carmona who was put on the restricted list last week.
The Cleveland Indians announced yesterday afternoon that they signed reliever Dan Wheeler to a minor league deal. The 34-year old Wheeler is a 12-year veteran right-hander who has spent most of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent last season with the Boston Red Sox, going 2-2, with a 4.38 ERA, while striking out 39 batters and walking only eight in 49 1/3 innings pitched.
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Ryan Spilborghs and infielder Gregorio Petit to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp.
Spilborghs, 32, has played in 619 total games at the Major League level - all with the Colorado Rockies - and owns a career batting average of .272 with 86 2B, 12 3B, 42 HR and...
The Cleveland Indians today have announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Fred Lewis and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Accardo to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp.
Lewis, 31, is a career .267 hitting in the Major Leagues with 91 2B, 21 3B, 27 HR and 136 RBI in 517 combined games with the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays...
Robinson TejedaThe Indians have announced that they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Tejeda, 29, has pitched in seven Major League seasons with Philadelphia, Texas and Kansas City. Since debuting in 2005 he owns a career Major League record of 23-27 with a 4.42 ERA in 186...
Here is the final listing of the players in the Cleveland Indians minor league system that were released over the course of the 2011 calendar year.
Note: This is from info I have received throughout the year from the Indians and their affiliates. Not all releases are made public or are mentioned, but close to all (if not all) are included below.
Last updated: December 31, 2011
RHP Hector Ambriz placed on 7-day DL
RHP Anthony Reyes placed on 7-day DL
RHP Hector Rondon placed on 7-day DL
IF Nick Johnson placed on 7-day DL
OF Nick Weglarz placed on 7-day DL
RHP Yohan Pino assigned to Akron Aeros
IF Jason Donald transferred from Akron Aeros on Major League Rehab Assignment
OF Grady Sizemore...
RHP Joe Smith received on Major League Rehab Assignment
OF Grady Sizemore received on Major League Rehab Assignment
RHP Yohan Pino assigned from Columbus Clippers
IF Kyle Bellows assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers (paper move to get roster to 24)
IF Jason Donald received on Major League Rehab Assignment
OF Delvi Cid placed on 7-day DL
IF Jeremie Tice placed on 7-day DL
IF Dan DeGeorge assigned from Mahoning Valley Scrappers (was traveling with Akron Aeros)
RHP Brett Brach assigned to Akron Aeros
LHP T.J. McFarland assigned to Akron Aeros
RHP Toru Murata assigned from Extended Spring Training
RHP Trey Haley assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers (paper move to get roster to 25)
C Dwight Childs assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers (paper move)
RHP Trey Haley assigned from Mahoning Valley Scrappers
RHP Trey Haley assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers (paper move)
RHP Steven Wright assigned from Extended Spring...
RHP Bryce Stowell assigned from Lake County Captains
RHP Mason Radeke assigned
IF Jordan Smith assigned
C Moises Montero assigned to Lake County Captains
RHP Bryce Stowell assigned to Lake County Captains
C Ryan Battaglia assigned from Arizona League Indians
RHP Will Krasne assigned
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