Sources say the Rangers and the Indians are both still in talks with free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
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Ups and downs with Bradley Zimmer
If the Indians wish to trade for a bat this offseason, Zimmer could be key in any potential deal. The outfielder is a good defender and has some pop, but strikeouts have been an issue. Schoenfield: The great prospect gamble game
ESPN Senior MLB writer Buster Olney joins the Golden Boyz. They talk about the Indians' chances of landing Edwin Encarnacion, re-signing Mike Napoli and more.
Mike Napoli's camp has reportedly met with several teams, including the Indians, at the winter meetings in search of a two-year deal.
The Red Sox appear to be out, while the Indians and Rockies are showing legitimate interest. Regardless, Edwin Encarnacion's market has slowed.
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The best indication that Edwin Encarnacion isn't getting the offers he's looking for: Agent Paul Kinzer telling teams there's no hurry to get him signed. Indians, Rockies interested. But Red Sox appear "very unlikely."
The Indians are reportedly discussing a multiyear deal with free agent Edwin Encarnacion, although he's expected to be out of their price range.
Bart Swain of the Cleveland Indians has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence in the major leagues.
Francisco Lindor will play in WBC
The Indians' shortstop will join Javier Baez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Correa and Yadier Molina on Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Story
In addition to Mike Napoli, the Indians are reportedly interested in free agents Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind and Chris Carter.
How does the Indians' front office work?
With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters. Jim Bowden explains the chain of command and style for the Indians' baseball operations leadership teams. Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices (Insider)
LeBron James kept his word. The Cavaliers star arrived at Chicago's United Center in a custom-made Cubs uniform as payment for a World Series bet he made with former teammate Dwyane Wade.
Where do Indians stand for winter meetings?
What are the Indians' biggest needs heading into next week's winter meetings? What free agents could they be interested in? Who could they trade? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams (Insider)
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Terry Francona in the house to watch the Cavaliers vs Clippers
Indians sign Michael Martinez, Erik Kratz
Cleveland signed Martinez, a second baseman, and Kratz, a catcher, to minor league contracts with invites to spring training, the team announced Thursday. Martinez, 34, appeared in 59 games for the Indians last season. Kratz, 36, played in 33 total games for the Pirates and Astros.
Indians clearly want Mike Napoli back
Napoli played a big part in Cleveland's success this year, so it is no surprise that the team is making a push to bring him back. If he doesn't return, the Tribe will look for another mid-level tier first baseman or outfielder. Bowden: Top targets, fallbacks (Insider)
The Indians have expressed to Mike Napoli they'd like to keep him in Cleveland, but he wants a longer deal than the Tribe would prefer to offer him.
The Cubs aren't just champions, they are a power built to dominate for years. So how can the rest of baseball compete? By following these simple steps.
Contact remains an issue for Zimmer
Bradley Zimmer showed some good things this fall, but his 26 strikeouts in 74 at-bats proves that he still has work to do. "I really question if he's going to make enough contact, particularly against left-handed pitching," an NL Central scout said. Crawford: AFL takeaways (Insider)
Manny Ramirez, who was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for using a banned drug, and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, along with Vladimir Guerrero.
What's the status of the Indians?
With the winter meetings approaching, where do the Indians stand? And what is their current big-picture objective? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Status check for all 30 teams (Insider)
How monumental were this year's playoffs? The Cubs aren't just champs, they're a crossover sensation. Andrew Miller helped revolutionize relief pitching. Now, baseball might never be the same.
Free agency? So last year. This winter is all about the trade market. Where could some of MLB's biggest stars land? We found a deal for every squad.
The Indians reportedly have received calls on Andrew Miller, but the price tag would be prohibitive.
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