Winter Meetings: Day 1
Hello from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. This space will be used to give updates throughout these Winter Meetings on any rumblings involving the Indians.
I’ll update throughout each day as rumors and reports surface, and following our sit-downs with Cleveland’s decision-makers, including president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, general manager Mike Chernoff and manager Terry Francona.
- On Sunday night, Peter Gammons said on MLB Tonight that Indians outfielder Michael Brantley could be out until August due to complications with his right shoulder surgery. Multiple sources within the Indians indicated that the report was not accurate. Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com hears Brantley could be out until June. The Indians say the timetable has not changed, meaning their projection of late April of some time in May is the expectation.
- Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the Indians are among teams who have expressed interest in infielder Brett Lawrie, who can play second and third base. Presumably, the Tribe would see Lawrie as an option mainly for third, where Giovanny Urshela is the projected starter at the moment. Slusser reported that the White Sox and Tigers have also shown interest.
- Not surprisingly, ESPN’s Jayson Stark hears that the Indians might be leaning toward holding on to its starting pitching, rather than trading from a strength to address the offense. He quotes a source who opines that such a move could potentially be “shifting around your problems.”
- ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday that the Indians are open to exploring trades involving catcher Roberto Perez. This isn’t really surprising, either. It could be argued that Perez is the best backup catcher in baseball and he could be a starting catcher on a number of teams. There is value there worth exploring for Cleveland.
- The Indians announced Monday morning that the scoreboard at Progressive Field is being upgraded for 2016. From the press release: “The new scoreboard, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, will feature premier high-definition technology for every fan at Progressive Field. It measures 59 feet high by 221 feet wide, amounting to 13,000 square feet of active display area.”
- According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Indians are among the teams who have shown interest in Mike Napoli.
- Wes Ferrell, who went 102-62 with a 3.67 ERA for the Indians from 1927-33, did not receive enough votes via the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Pre-Integration Era Committee to make it into the Hall. No one was voted in during Monday’s announcement.
- OF Clint Frazier has been named to the Arizona Fall League’s Top Prospects Team.
- Indians have claimed OF Joey Butler off waivers from the Rays. The Tribe designated lefty Jayson Aquino for assignment to vacate a roster spot. Butler is, of course, the player who broke up Carlos Carrasco’s no-hitter on July 1 with two outs in the ninth inning.
Stay tuned for more…