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.
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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)
Malinda Adams ESPN Producer
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.
Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello received eight first-place votes to Justin Verlander's 14, but he edged the Tigers ace in total points to win the 2016 American League Cy Young Award.
Indians manager Terry Francona joins The Really Big Show to talk about the Tribe's World Series loss, his recent health updates and the team moving forward.
Zimmer homers, hits walk-off in AFL
Bradley Zimmer, the Indians' No. 1 prospect, hit a walk-off two-run single in the 10th inning on Tuesday to keep the Mesa Solar Sox's AFL title hopes alive. Zimmer also homered in his second straight game in the win over the Salt River Rafters. Box score
Twice is nice for Terry Francona
On Tuesday, Francona became the first Indians manager to win Manager of the Year multiple times. He also won the award in 2013, his first season as Cleveland's skipper. The only other Indians manager to receive the honor since it debuted in 1983 was Eric Wedge in 2007, per ESPN Stats & Info.
There is a legit case to be made for each of the Cy Young finalists. Super-strong finishes helped make them legit.
Will the voters get the awards right this year? Did Zach Britton get overlooked in the AL? Our experts provide all of the answers.
NL winner Max Scherzer was a clear favorite among ESPN's experts to win his second Cy Young, but with the AL selection still to come, the voting was much fuzzier.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
Voting for Terry Francona over Jeff Banister was tough for AL Mgr of the Year vote for the BBWAA, but it boiled down to picking Francona for making a bunch of elective decisions with the Indians that worked over Banister adapting to and solving a bunch of problems for the Rangers. Great field of choices this year.
The Indians' Terry Francona won the AL Manager of the Year award for the second time in his career.
How will Napoli, Davis fare in free agency?
Where do Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis rank in this year's free-agent class? What do their projected contracts look like? Where are their likely destinations? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Rankings and pricing for top 50 FA's (Insider)
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