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 Latest Cleveland Indians Player Notes:

Dec 23 2017 - Yonder Alonso
  1B Yonder Alonso signed a two-year contract Saturday, guaranteed to be worth at least $16 million, the team announced. The 30-year-old Alonso batted .266 with a career-high 28 homers and 67 RBIs in 142 games split between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners last season. The Indians will play Alonso $7 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. The contract calls for a $9 million vesting option in 2020, or a $1 million buyout.


Dec 22 2017 - Yonder Alonso
  1B Yonder Alonso and the Indians agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract, multiple outlets reported. The deal, pending a physical, also includes an $8 million vesting option for 2020. Alonso will take over at first base in Cleveland for Carlos Santana, who finalized a three-year, $60 million agreement with the Phillies on Tuesday. Alonso, 30, batted .266 with a career-high 28 homers and 67 RBIs in 142 games split between the Athletics and Mariners last season. He also scored 72 times and had an OPS of .866 en route to being named an All-Star for the first time in his career.


Dec 15 2017 - Melvin Upton Jr.
  OF Melvin Upton Jr. and the Cleveland Indians agreed on a one-year, minor league deal on Friday, according to multiple reports. Upton, 33, will receive a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the Cleveland roster. Upton dealt with thumb and shoulder injuries most of last season and didn't play in the majors. He played in 12 games for Triple-A Sacramento, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, before being released in late August.


Dec 5 2017 - Dan Otero
  RHP Dan Otero signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday to avoid arbitration. The deal includes a team option for the 2020 season, the Indians announced. Otero posted an 8-1 mark with a 2.14 ERA in 114 relief appearances for the Indians the past two seasons, including a 3-0 record in 2017. The Indians acquired Otero from the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2015 in exchange for cash considerations. The 32-year-old owns a 20-7 mark with a 2.91 ERA in six major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and Indians.


Nov 15 2017 - Corey Kluber
  RHP Corey Kluber picked up his second American League Cy Young Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America when the voting results were announced on Wednesday. Kluber, who won his first Cy Young Award in 2014, posted an 18-4 mark with a league-leading 2.25 ERA for the AL Central Division champions in 2017. The 31-year-old right-hander paced the AL in WHIP at 0.869 and struck out 265 batters in 203 2/3 innings over 29 starts.


Nov 6 2017 - Boone Logan
  P Boone Logan has his $7 million club option for 2018 declined by the Cleveland Indians. The left-handed reliever, 33, will receive a $1 million buyout. He signed with the Indians in February and made $6.5 million this year. Logan pitched in 38 games before he tore his left lat muscle on July 19, ending his season. He finished 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA while striking out 28 in 21 innings.


Nov 3 2017 - Josh Tomlin
  RHP Josh Tomlin, who went 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA in 26 starts in 2017, had his $3 million option picked up by the Cleveland Indians. He was 6-0 with a 3.11 ERA in his last 10 appearances of the season. Tomlin, 33, would have been paid a $750,000 buyout if the option not been exercised.


Nov 3 2017 - Michael Brantley
  OF Michael Brantley's past two seasons have been shortened by injuries, but the Cleveland Indians exercised his $11.5 million option for 2018 on Friday. The 30-year-old Brantley hit .299 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 90 games this season. His strong first half netted him an All-Star spot but he went on the disabled list twice and had right ankle surgery on Oct. 18. Brantley played only 11 games in 2016 because of a shoulder injury that required surgery. Brantley's option price rose from $11 million because of his top-five MVP finish in 2014. He was third in the MVP voting that season after hitting .327 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs. He hit .310 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 2015. If the option had been declined, the Indians would have paid Brantley a $1 million buyout.


Oct 19 2017 - Michael Brantley
  OF Michael Brantley underwent surgery on his right ankle and will require four to five months of rehab, the Indians announced Thursday. Brantley, a two-time AL All-Star, missed 50 games over the final two months of the regular season due to the injury. Brantley was active for the AL Division Series against the Yankees but was just 1-for-11. The surgery was performed Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., and was designed to strengthen damaged ligaments in Brantley's right ankle.


Oct 11 2017 - Corey Kluber
  RHP Corey Kluber, who is thought to be the favorite to win his second Cy Young Award in the last four years, led the major leagues with a 2.25 ERA in the regular season. But Kluber had a forgettable postseason. In his two playoff starts against the Yankees, he had a 12.79 ERA, having allowed nine runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. In Game 5 on Wednesday, Kluber gave up three runs, including two home runs by SS Didi Gregorius, in 3 2/3 innings. "He just didn't have the normal, crisp movement on his pitches. A lot of his pitches were flat," manager Terry Francona said.


Oct 11 2017 - Andrew Miller
  LHP Andrew Miller relieved RHP Corey Kluber in the fourth inning and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits with five strikeouts and no walks. It's the third time in his postseason career that Miller has had five strikeouts in a relief appearance of no more than two innings. No other pitcher in major league history has more than one such outing.


Oct 11 2017 - Roberto Perez
  C Roberto Perez was manager Terry Francona's choice to catch RHP Corey Kluber in Game 5, despite the fact that C Yan Gomes caught almost all of Kluber's starts during the regular season. Gomes, however, was the catcher in Kluber's disastrous Game 2 start, when he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings. "That was the hardest one," said Francona prior to the game, of his decision on who to start at catcher. "Roberto's actually been swinging the bat pretty well." Perez had one of Cleveland's five hits, an RBI single in the fifth inning.


Oct 11 2017 - Edwin Encarnacion
  DH Edwin Encarnacion returned to the lineup for Game 5 after missing the previous two games with a sprained right ankle. "I watched him in the cage (during Tuesday's off day), and if I wouldn't have been looking (for some sign of the ankle bothering him), I wouldn't have known that something was going on. So I thought that was a really good sign," manager Terry Francona said. Encarnacion, who hit 38 home runs with 107 RBIs in the regular season, was 0-for-4 in Game 5 and 0-for-7 in the three games he played in the Division Series.


Oct 11 2017 - Jose Ramirez
  2B Jose Ramirez, who had a monster regular season, hitting .318, fourth-best in the American League, while leading the league with 56 doubles and 91 extra base hits, had a dismal Division Series. Ramirez was 2-for-20 with seven strikeouts, no homers and no RBIs.


Oct 11 2017 - Francisco Lindor
  SS Francisco Lindor hit a memorable grand slam in the Indians' 9-8 win in 13 innings in Game 2 of the Division Series, but Lindor otherwise struggled in the five games. Lindor was 2-for-18 with six strikeouts.


Oct 11 2017 - Edwin Encarnacion
  DH Edwin Encarnacion returned to the lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday at Progressive Field. Encarnacion has been sidelined for the last two contests with a sprained ankle that was sustained in the first inning of Game 2.


Oct 10 2017 - Edwin Encarnacion
  DH Edwin Encarnacion (right ankle sprain) might be able to return for Game 5 of the Indians' American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. Encarnacion sustained the injury in Game 2 and missed the next two games. "I think so," manager Terry Francona said Tuesday when asked if he believes Encarnacion will be healthy enough to play. The three-time All-Star went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first two games of the series before departing with the injury.


Oct 10 2017 - Adam Plutko
  RHP Adam Plutko underwent right hip surgery Monday in Dallas to repair a torn labrum, the Indians announced Monday. Plutko is expected to immediately begin rehabbing, and the Indians said he likely would resume full baseball activities within four to six months. Plutko appeared in two games with the Indians in 2016, producing a 7.36 ERA. This season, he was 7-12 with a 5.90 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) for Triple-A Columbus.


Oct 10 2017 - Brandon Guyer
  OF Brandon Guyer will undergo left wrist surgery Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., to repair the extensor tendon in his wrist, the Indians announced Monday. Guyer's rehab time will be determined once the procedure is completed. Guyer appeared in 70 games this season, batting .236 with two homers and 20 RBIs. He aggravated the wrist Sept. 16 and originally was thought to be out five to seven days.


Oct 10 2017 - Giovanny Urshela
  3B Giovanny Urshela was charged with four errors in 121 chances while appearing in 72 games during the regular season. On Monday, he committed two of Cleveland's four errors in a 7-3 loss. Urshela misplayed a ground ball by 2B Starlin Castro when the ball deflected off his leg in the second inning. In the third, he made a high throw to 1B Carlos Santana, who had to come off the bag as Brett Gardner raced toward first base. "It's tough," C Roberto Perez said. "He's a good defender. In that situation, we can't do anything about it."


Oct 10 2017 - Michael Brantley
  DH Michael Brantley started in place of Edwin Encarnacion (sprained right ankle) and batted sixth. He went 1-for-4, and his hit was the first by a designated hitter in the series. Before his seventh-inning single off RHP Luis Severino, designated hitters were 0-for-26.


Oct 10 2017 - Trevor Bauer
  RHP Trevor Bauer made his second career postseason start on three days' rest, and it did not go well. He allowed four runs, all unearned, on four hits in 1 2/3 innings while struggling to locate his curveball at times. Bauer is 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in seven postseason appearances (six starts). He lasted four innings on three days' rest when he took the loss in Game 5 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field.


Oct 9 2017 - Edwin Encarnacion
  DH Edwin Encarnacion missed his second consecutive game Monday due to a sprained right ankle. Before the game, manager Terry Francona said the Indians were hoping to have him available as a pinch hitter. Encarnacion was injured in the first inning of Game 2 on Friday when his leg hit second base trying not to get doubled off.


Oct 8 2017 - Andrew Miller
  LHP Andrew Miller allowed a homer to Yankees 1B Greg Bird in the seventh inning Sunday. Bird and Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Cody Bellinger are the only left-handed hitters to homer off Miller this season. He had not allowed a run in his previous 13 outings, spanning 11 innings.


Oct 8 2017 - Carlos Carrasco
  RHP Carlos Carrasco allowed three hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings during Game 3 of the ALDS Sunday. He is the third starting pitching in team history to pitch at least five scoreless frames in his postseason debut. The others were RHP Corey Kluber, who pitched seven innings in Game 2 of the 2016 ALDS vs. Boston and LHP Gene Bearden, who pitched a five-hitter in Game 3 of the 1948 World Series against the Boston Braves.