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1980 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1979 / 1981

79-81, Finished 6th in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Dave Garcia (79-81)
GM: Phil Seghi, Scouting Dir: Bob Quinn Sr.
Scored 738 runs, Allowed 807 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 73-87

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 1,033,827 (11th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 101, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 103, Pitching - 103

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1979 / 1981 Trades and Transactions

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

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.

May 7, 1980 (Standings)

Purchased Miguel Dilone from the Chicago Cubs.

June 3, 1980 (Standings)

Drafted Dave Gallagher in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft (June Secondary).

Drafted Kelly Gruber in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft. Player signed June 8, 1980.

Drafted Steve Ellsworth in the 3rd round of the 1980 amateur draft (June Secondary), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Doug Drabek in the 4th round of the 1980 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jeff Moronko in the 6th round of the 1980 amateur draft.

Drafted Rich Thompson in the 8th round of the 1980 amateur draft.

Drafted Mike Jeffcoat in the 13th round of the 1980 amateur draft.

Drafted Terry Steinbach in the 16th round of the 1980 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jack Fimple in the 29th round of the 1980 amateur draft.

June 13, 1980 (Standings)

Traded Ron Pruitt to the Chicago White Sox. Received Alan Bannister.

June 20, 1980 (Standings)

Purchased Jack Brohamer from the Boston Red Sox.

June 23, 1980 (Standings)

Traded Cliff Johnson to the Chicago Cubs. Received a player to be named later and cash. The Chicago Cubs sent Karl Pagel (June 30, 1980) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

July 11, 1980 (Standings)

Traded Dave Oliver to the Montreal Expos. Received Ross Grimsley.

October 8, 1980 (Standings)

Signed Bernardo Brito as an amateur free agent.

October 24, 1980

Dan Spillner granted Free Agency.

December 8, 1980

Gary Gray drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1980 rule 5 draft.

Signed Dan Spillner as a free agent.

December 9, 1980

Traded Gary Alexander, Victor Cruz, Bob Owchinko and Rafael Vasquez to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Bert Blyleven and Manny Sanguillen.

December 29, 1980

Signed Pat Kelly as a free agent.

January 8, 1981

Released Dave Hudgens.

February 18, 1981

Released Manny Sanguillen.

March 15, 1981

Jack Brohamer granted Free Agency.

March 24, 1981

Signed Glenn Borgmann as a free agent.

March 26, 1981

Traded Wayne Cage to the Seattle Mariners. Received Rod Craig.

April 1, 1981

Traded Juan Bonilla to the San Diego Padres. Received Bob Lacey.

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1979 / 1981 Trades and Transactions