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1979 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1978 / 1980

81-80, Finished 6th in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Jeff Torborg (43-52) and Dave Garcia (38-28)
GM: Phil Seghi, Scouting Dir: Bob Quinn Sr.
Scored 760 runs, Allowed 805 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 76-85

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 1,011,644 (12th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 100, Pitching - 101 · one-year: Batting - 106, Pitching - 107

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1978 / 1980 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 3, 1978

Traded Johnny Grubb to the Texas Rangers. Received players to be named later. The Texas Rangers sent Bobby Cuellar (October 3, 1978) and Dave Rivera (minors) (October 3, 1978) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

Traded Larvell Blanks and Jim Kern to the Texas Rangers. Received Len Barker and Bobby Bonds.

November 2, 1978

Bernie Carbo granted Free Agency.

November 3, 1978

Traded Dave Freisleben to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received a player to be named later. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Sheldon Mallory (March 27, 1979) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

December 5, 1978

Drafted Carmelo Castillo from the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1978 minor league draft.

Traded Phil Lansford (minors) and Alfredo Griffin to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Victor Cruz.

December 6, 1978

Traded Cardell Camper to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Joe Charboneau.

December 8, 1978

Traded Buddy Bell to the Texas Rangers. Received Toby Harrah.

January 19, 1979

Signed Dave Hudgens as an amateur free agent.

March 15, 1979

Signed Billy Baldwin as a free agent.

March 25, 1979

Released Randy Elliott.

March 30, 1979

Traded Dan Briggs to the San Diego Padres. Received a player to be named later. The San Diego Padres sent Mike Champion (April 3, 1979) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

April 5, 1979 (Standings)

Signed Dell Alston as a free agent.

June 5, 1979 (Standings)

Drafted John Bohnet in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 1979 amateur draft.

Drafted Von Hayes in the 7th round of the 1979 amateur draft. Player signed August 24, 1979.

Drafted Larry White in the 31st round of the 1979 amateur draft.

June 14, 1979 (Standings)

Traded Paul Dade to the San Diego Padres. Received Mike Hargrove.

June 15, 1979 (Standings)

Traded Don Hood to the New York Yankees. Received Cliff Johnson.

July 18, 1979 (Standings)

Signed Mike Stanton as a free agent.

October 24, 1979

Released Paul Reuschel.

November 1, 1979

Rick Wise granted Free Agency.

December 3, 1979

Drafted Andres Mora from the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 rule 5 draft.

December 6, 1979

Traded Ted Cox to the Seattle Mariners. Received a player to be named later, Rob Pietroburgo (minors) and Rafael Vasquez. The Seattle Mariners sent Bud Anderson (March 29, 1980) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

December 7, 1979

Traded Bobby Bonds to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received John Denny and Jerry Mumphrey.

December 19, 1979

Signed Jorge Orta as a free agent.

December 21, 1979

Traded Larry Andersen to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received John Burden (minors) and Larry Littleton.

January 4, 1980

Traded David Clyde and Jim Norris to the Texas Rangers. Received Mike Bucci (minors), Gary Gray and Larry McCall.

January 30, 1980

Signed Roger Moret as a free agent.

February 15, 1980

Traded Gary Melson (minors) to the Atlanta Braves. Received Don Collins.

Traded Jerry Mumphrey to the San Diego Padres. Received Bob Owchinko and Jim Wilhelm.

March 28, 1980

Released Roger Moret.

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1978 / 1980 Trades and Transactions