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The Indians are interested in a contract extension for Cody Allen

...Plus, a new home for Andy Marte and the continuing saga of Jose Canseco's finger.

David Maxwell


Tribe News

Cleveland Indians kicking the tires on Justin Masterson: GM meetings | cleveland.com - Hoynes buries the lede here - real news is about Tribe seeking to extend Cody Allen.

10 best seasons by Indians pitchers | FOX Sports - Corey Kluber was named the Cy Young Award winner for the 2014 season -- just the fourth Cleveland Indians pitcher ever. There's no doubt Kluber had one of the best seasons among Tribe pitchers, but where does he stack up with the rest in history?

Tribe mulling Masterson reunion | indians.com - "We're not eliminating any options or opportunities," Randy Rowley, Masterson's agent, said Friday. "The Indians have expressed an interest, and why wouldn't they? I've heard from plenty of clubs expressing an interest and some make more sense than others."

Top prospects face off in Arizona Fall League title game | dbacks.com - Indians prospects to play in AFL title game (except Lindor -he's playing for Puerto Rico in Caribbean Games).

Alvin Dark, 92, Dies; Led Giants to Pennants as Captain and Manager - NYTimes.com - A top shortstop, Dark led the New York Giants’ pennant-winning teams in the 1950s, then managed them into the World Series in San Francisco. But his comments about minority players shadowed him. Dark also managed the Indians.

Is Ryan Ludwick Poised to Make a Cleveland Comeback? - Ryan Ludwick played for the Cleveland Indians in the early stages of his career. At 36, could he return in 2015?

Andy Marte signs with a new Korean baseball team | HardballTalk - Former prospect Andy Marte will try to prove himself as a member of the KT Wiz, a new team in the Korea Baseball Organization. Yep, the KT Wiz. I am not making this up.

Around the Horn

D-backs land Hellickson for two prospects | MLB.com - In his first trade, D-backs general manager Dave Stewart filled one of his team's biggest holes by acquiring right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays in exchange for a pair of prospects.

Perfect Norimoto leads combined no-no vs. MLB | MLB.com - The team of MLB "All-Stars" was no-hit by four Samurai Japan pitchers for its third straight loss in the Japan All-Star Series, a 4-0 defeat on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome.

Yoan Moncada: The Most Fascinating Story of the Offseason | FanGraphs Baseball - Due to his age and lack of professional experience, Moncada is subject to the international bonus pools, unlike free-and-clear free agents from Cuba such as Jose Abreu, Rusney Castillo and current free agent Yasmany Tomas. This means that Moncada can only sign for a signing bonus and can’t sign a big league contract.

Slim free-agent pool for catchers, corner infielders. | SportsonEarth.com : Andrew Simon - Not much help at third base - The free-agent pool behind the plate, at the corner infield spots and at designated hitter was never going to be a deep one this offseason. And now that Aramis Ramirez, Michael Cuddyer and Victor Martinez have been scooped up, it's even thinner.

Royals have had preliminary discussions with Jon Lester’s agents | HardballTalk - The Royals appear to have thrown their hat in the ring in the battle for free agent Jon Lester's services.

Tigers tell Torii Hunter they don’t want him back | HardballTalk - "We probably won't re-sign Torii."

And finally

Jose Canseco’s finger fell off during a poker tournament | HardballTalk - I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP!.