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RHP Hunter Wood gets minor deal with Rangers, spring invite

Jan. 19, 2021 5:45 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Hunter Wood has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Wood spent last season as part of Cleveland's 60-man player pool but didn't appear in any big league games. He had a 3.32 ERA in 66 games...

FILE - New York Mets' Amed Rosario tosses his bat after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, in this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo. The Cleveland Indians have traded four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Cleveland obtained infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, right-hander Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Indians avoid arbitration with 3, all acquired in trades

Jan. 16, 2021 12:43 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with catcher Austin Hedges, right-hander Phil Maton and infielder Amed Rosario, agreeing Friday to one-year deals with three players who joined them via trade in the past six months. Hedges will make $3.28 million in 2021, Rosario $2.4...

GOP lawmaker pushes bill to prevent renaming of Indianapolis

Jan. 15, 2021 3:14 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban the changing of any Indiana city names in the wake of Native American protests that forced the renaming of professional sports teams. No efforts have emerged seeking to change the name of Indiana or Indianapolis along the lines...

In this screen grab taken from video, Major League baseball player Francisco Lindor answers questions during a virtual press conference introducing him as the New York Mets new shortstop, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in New York. (New York Mets via AP)

Francisco Lindor all smiles after trade from Indians to Mets

Jan. 11, 2021 2:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor smiled widely for a full 40 minutes, enthralled to join a New York Mets team bulking up under new owner Steven Cohen. “They say it’s probably very contagious,” the Mets' new shortstop said. “I’m living my dream. I’m living the life...

FILE - Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor runs after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, in this Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, file photo. The Cleveland Indians have agreed to trade four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Mega deal: Indians trade star Lindor, Carrasco to Mets

Jan. 7, 2021 10:11 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians drafted and developed Francisco Lindor, who blossomed into an All-Star shortstop and one of baseball's best all-around players. Cleveland chased a World Series title with him. They'll now do it without Lindor. Knowing they could never meet his price, the Indians dealt the...

Cleveland Indians trade All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, pitcher Carlos Carrasco to New York Mets

Jan. 7, 2021 1:09 PM EST
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians trade All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, pitcher Carlos Carrasco to New York Mets.
FILE - In this March 29, 2007, file photo, Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro holds a knuckleball at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Niekro, who pitched well into his 40s with a knuckleball that baffled big league hitters for more than two decades, mostly with the Atlanta Braves, has died after a long fight with cancer, the team announced Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. He was 81. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

Dec. 27, 2020 7:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Phil Niekro threw a pitch that baffled hitters and catchers. Heck, he didn’t even know where it was going most of the time. But the knuckleball carried Niekro to more than 300 wins, earned him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gave him a nickname that stuck for the rest of his...

FILE — In this Aug. 26, 2020 file photo, workers in scrubs and masks walk by the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth, File)

Ohio's top stories in 2020: Pandemic, protests and politics

Dec. 24, 2020 7:58 AM EST

A crippling pandemic, a racial injustice reckoning, a statehouse scandal and a divisive election. In any other year in Ohio, just one of those would have been the biggest story of the year. But 2020 was no ordinary year. How unexpected was it? Even the Cleveland Browns were making a run at ending their NFL...

Indians, reliever Wittgren agree to contract for 2021

Dec. 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Reliever Nick Wittgren avoided salary arbitration with the Cleveland Indians by agreeing Tuesday to a $2 million, one-year contract. The right-hander has become a dependable piece in Cleveland's bullpen for manager Terry Francona. Wittgren went 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA in 25 games last season....

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona talks before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cleveland. Francona, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, praised the Cleveland Indians for trying to “do the right thing” with a name change that was inevitable, and necessary (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

Indians manager Francona says team's name change "correct"

Dec. 18, 2020 3:34 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Manager Terry Francona praised the Cleveland Indians for trying to “do the right thing” with a name change that was inevitable — and necessary. On Friday, Francona complimented the team's decision to drop its name after 105 years, a switch that came after months of...