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Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Texas Rangers are in the final stages of completing a trade for Corey Kluber. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's no word yet on what the return to Cleveland is looking like but this is a fascinating deal. The two-time Cy Young winner missed most of the 2019 season due to injury but is currently healthy and undergoing a normal off-season. The Angels had also been involved in rumors surrounding Kluber as of late. We should hear more details about this trade shortly.


After being designated for assignment, right-handed reliever James Hoyt was re-signed by the Indians. He currently holds a spot on the team's 40-man roster. (Source: Tribe Insider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hoyt was an interesting reliever for the Astros several years ago, mostly due to his strikeout upside. However, he's spent most of the last two seasons in the minors. He could certainly develop into a fantasy-worthy late-inning arm, but at this point he doesn't hold much value for fantasy purposes.

Category: Transactions


Jason Kipnis' club option for 2020 was declined by Cleveland on Thursday. (Source: Tom Withers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis hit .245/.304/.410 with 17 home runs in 2019, but was forced to miss the final week of the season after having surgery on his right hand. The veteran second baseman will look to latch onto another team this off-season.

Category: Transactions


Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger struggled in an 8-2 loss to the Nationals in Sunday's season finale. Clevinger allowed six runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: Clevinger took the loss, dropping his record to 13-4 on the year. Despite missing almost two months with a back injury, Clevinger turned in a dominant season, posting a 2.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 169 strikeouts in 126 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer in an 8-2 loss to Washington in Sunday's season finale.

Fantasy Impact: Lindor finishes another excellent season with a .284 average, .853 OPS, 40 doubles, 32 homers, 101 runs, 74 RBI, and 22 steals. He will again be an early-round selection in fantasy drafts in the spring.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Plutko bombed in loss

Sun, Sep 29th 8:28am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland Indians right-hander Adam Plutko was hit hard in a 10-7 loss to the Nationals on Saturday. Plutko allowed eight runs in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Plutko gave up seven hits and walked two in a disappointing final start of the season. He finishes the 2019 campaign with a 7-5 record, 4.86 ERA, and 78 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, two runs, and two RBI in a 10-7 loss to Washington on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Reyes got a rare start in the outfield in the loss. He is hitting .251 with 37 homers, 69 runs, and 81 RBI in 149 games split between the Padres and Cleveland.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians right-hander Zach Plesac pitched well in an 8-2 loss to the Nationals on Friday. Plesac allowed two runs over five innings while striking out six and walking one.

Fantasy Impact: The rookie hurler was a pleasant surprise for the Indians this season, finishing with an 8-6 record, 3.81 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 88 strikeouts in 115 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Carlos Santana goes hitless

Sat, Sep 28th 7:56am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 0-for-4 in an 8-2 loss to the Nationals on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. Santana is putting the finishing touches on the best statistical season of his career, hitting .282 with a .914 OPS, 34 homers, 110 runs, and 93 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians right-hander Aaron Civale struggled in an 8-0 loss to the White Sox on Thursday. Civale allowed four runs over 3 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking three.

Fantasy Impact: Civale gave up two homers, including a three-run shot to James McCann. The rookie finishes his debut season with a 3-4 record, 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber struggled in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday. Bieber allowed five runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Bieber wasn't helped by a Carlos Santana error behind him but he also gave up 10 hits in an uncharacteristic poor outing. He finishes his 2019 breakout season with a 15-8 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 259 strikeouts in 34 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig went 0-for-3 with a walk and a steal in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Puig picked up his 19th steal of the season. The veteran is hitting .270 with 24 homers, 76 runs, and 84 RBI for the Indians this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Jose Ramirez homers again

Thu, Sep 26th 6:00am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in an 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez has homered three times in his two games since returning from the injured list. The veteran has a .257 average, 23 homers, 68 runs, 83 RBI, and 24 steals this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez went 2-for-4 with a homer in an 11-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Perez is putting the finishing touches on a breakout season. He is hitting .238 with 24 homers, 46 runs, and 63 RBI in his first season as the team's starting catcher.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians outfielder Oscar Mercado went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in an 11-0 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Mercado has been on a homer binge of late, hitting one in each of his past three games. Overall, the rookie has a .280 average, 15 homers, 70 runs, 54 RBI, and 15 steals.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco got the final four outs on Friday to earn a save in a 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco picked up the second save of his career. The veteran now has a 5-7 record, 5.28 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 90 strikeouts in 75 innings of work.

Category: Game Recaps


Jordan Luplow homers in loss

Sat, Sep 14th 11:03pm EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland Indians outfielder Jordan Luplow went 1-for-2 with a homer and two RBI in a 9-5 loss to the Twins in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.

Fantasy Impact: Luplow is hitting .277 with 13 homers, 36 runs, and 34 RBI. He is much better against left-handed pitching, hitting .316 with 12 homers against southpaws.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Cimber picks up save

Thu, Sep 12th 5:57am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Cleveland Indians right-hander Adam Cimber got the final out of a 4-3 win over the Angels on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: With regular closer Brad Hand back in Cleveland getting an MRI, Cimber was credited with the first save of his career. The sidearmer now has a 5-3 record, 4.27 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 36 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Cleveland Indians left-hander Brad Hand was sent back to Cleveland on Wednesday for an MRI. Adam Cimber picked up the save against the Angels in Hand's absence.

Fantasy Impact: The team hasn't indicated what Hand's injury is, although they did report that the MRI came back clean. Supposedly Hand wasn't bouncing back after throwing the way he normally does. The team is expected to continue to evaluate Hand but he appears to be okay.

Category: Injury Updates


Cleveland Indians third baseman Yu Chang went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in a 6-2 win over the Angels on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Chang now has his first MLB homer. The rookie infielder has been filling in for the injured Jose Ramirez. He is hitting .220 with the one homer, six runs, and six RBI in 41 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


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