Cleveland has signed a minor league deal with free agent Carlos Gonzalez, who could help the Indians settle their outfield situation after they decided not to re-sign All-Star Michael Brantley, among other moves.
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Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Indians, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming multiple reports. If he's added to the 40-man roster, Gonzalez will get a $2 million contract in the major leagues.
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VIDEO: Francisco Lindor just told me that he hit in the cage today for the first time this spring and also took some ground balls. Lindor suffered a moderate calf strain at the beginning of February while preparing for camp.
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It will come as no surprise to anyone following baseball that, when we ran an early preseason version of our 2019 MLB projections, the Cleveland...
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