The Indians added a little more depth to their outfield Wednesday night, acquiring Collin Cowgill from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations. In order to clear room on the 40-man roster, Cleveland designated left-hander Nick Hagadone for assignment and subsequently non-tendered the reliever, making him a free agent.
On Friday, the Indians unveiled their plans for the fourth annual Tribe Fest, which will be a one-day event this winter on Jan. 30 at Aloft Cleveland Downtown hotel in the Flats East Bank neighborhood.
Once Mark Shapiro left the Indians to take over as the president of the Blue Jays, it became possible that Cleveland might also lose other members of its front office. What was not expected was that Toronto would look to the Tribe’s leadership for a new general manager.
Losing left fielder Michael Brantley for even a month of next season is a big blow for the Indians. If the timetable extends deeper into the summer, Cleveland would be without arguably its most dynamic offensive player.
The Indians claimed outfielder Joey Butler off waivers from the Rays on Monday, designating left-hander Jayson Aquino for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster.
The scoreboard at Progressive Field looms large over the left-field bleachers and was a state-of-the-art addition to the ballpark a little more than a decade ago. Time and technology changes, and Cleveland is taking a necessary step with one of the focal points of its home stadium.
The Indians’ annual offseason search for more power is ongoing. Earlier this week, a pair of intriguing options hit the open market when sluggers Pedro Alvarez and Chris Carter were not tendered contracts and thus allowed to become free agents.
The cost of starting pitchers on the free-agent market has led to consistent trade interest in members of the Indians’ rotation. The Tribe hopes to address the need for offense without trading from the rotation.
The Indians have had non-stop meetings over the past two days, gathering with rival clubs and holding internal sessions to pore over a plethora of roster possibilities. It is a safe bet that a majority of teams have at least asked about the availability of Cleveland’s starting pitchers.
The Indians believe they have a team capable of contending next season. Fortunately, there are still three-plus months remaining before next season begins.
Indians manager Terry Francona met with the media Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.