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The Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday night that they have acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations. In a corresponding roster move, reliever Nick Hagadone was not tendered a contract and has been designated for assignment, creating a spot on the 40-man roster for their new outfielder.
The 29-year-old Cowgill joins his fourth organization in four years. A former fifth round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2008 draft, he was traded in a five-player trade in December of 2011 to the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics traded him a little over a year later to the New York Mets, who traded him in late June, 2013, to the Angels for a minor leaguer.
He had been with the Angels organization for the last two and a half seasons.
The Cleveland Indians ink a pair of veterans at the back end of their careers, signing first baseman/designated hitter Eddie Murray and starting pitcher Dennis Martinez to multi-year contracts.
The 17-year veteran Murray will return to the American League after …
The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday morning that the club had signed free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain to a minor league deal and has invited the right-hander to Spring Training. The nine-year Major League veteran spent last season with three different organizations.
He began the year with the Detroit Tigers in their bullpen but, after 30 games, was designated for assignment and released in early July. He signed with the Toronto Blue Jays later in the month and worked for the club’s Triple-A Buffalo team before exercising an opt-out clause in his contract on August 14th. He signed with the Kansas City Royals two days later and pitched for Triple-A Omaha before joining the Major League roster during the first week of September.
He worked in six games for the Royals during the season, but did not play in the postseason.
The Cleveland Indians send slugging third baseman Matt Williams back out west, as he is dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for third baseman Travis Fryman, reliever Tom Martin, and $3 million.
Williams was both a Gold Glove and …
It was another quiet week around baseball, with a few signings of note occurring around the game. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians made a pair of minor depth moves, adding potential bullpen candidate Kirby Yates in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays and veteran catcher Anthony Recker on minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
In case you missed any other baseball news and stories regarding the Indians during the busy Thanksgiving week, here are some links to bring you up to speed.
Time and time again it seems like former Indians players come back to haunt the city of Cleveland.
Former team shortstop Jhonny Peralta was the lone blemish on the scorecard in an eight-inning, 18-strikeout, one-hit performance from Corey Kluber in mid-May. Another former Tribesman would rear his mug and make sure that Indians fans knew he was still around the game and capable of making a difference, and at the worst time possible.
Indians shortstop and manager Lou Boudreau is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He becomes just the second Cleveland player to earn the honor (George Burns, 1926).
Boudreau takes home 22 of the 24 first place votes for the …
Cleveland and San Francisco agree to a blockbuster trade, as the Indians acquire Gaylord Perry and shortstop Frank Duffy for young left-hander Sam McDowell.
McDowell, the tall and lanky lefty, is entering the prime of his career. The 29-year-old was …
In the third episode of Do You Wahoo? Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) from Burning River Baseball hosts with Bob Toth (@TheBobToth) of our own Did the Tribe Win Last Night?, Danny Cunningham (@DCunninghamCLE) of Burning River Baseball and Vern Morrison (@VernMorrison) of It’s Pronounced “Lajaway” as they fight to be the supreme leader of episode 3.
Topics for this episode include: top career strike outs & single season steals leaders, “Was it Me? – Joe Carter“, “Line-Up Card: 1994 & 2004”, “Journey Men: Russell Branyan & Arthur Rhodes“, and “Remember When? All-Stars”.
When a player stumbles some in his Major League debut, it is easy to make some excuses for him. Nerves, playing in front of much larger crowds than minor league parks, and the culmination of years and years of hard work coming to an overwhelming conclusion are enough to knock a guy off of his game.
It didn’t faze Cleveland Indians starter Cody Anderson on June 21st, 2015, even if the path to the show had not been without its notable hurdles for him.
Kerby Farrell is named the new Cleveland Indians manager, replacing the successful Al Lopez in the Tribe dugout. In six seasons at the helm of the Indians, Lopez never finished worse than second din the American League and claimed the …
The Cleveland Indians announced today that they had come to terms on a minor league contract with veteran catcher Anthony Recker and have invited him to spring training in Goodyear, Arizona, in February.
Catching depth has been continually noted as an area of weakness at the upper levels of the Indians farm system after the team promoted Roberto Perez to the Major League roster two seasons ago. Last season, catching duties at Triple-A Columbus were handled by journeymen catchers Brett Hayes and Adam Moore, who each spent time on the Indians roster during the season, and local product Alex Lavisky, a Lakewood, Ohio native who attended St. Edward High School and appeared in 15 games for the Clippers last season.