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1987 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1986 / 1988

61-101, Finished 7th in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Pat Corrales (31-56) and Doc Edwards (30-45)
GM: Joseph Klein, Scouting Dir: Jeff Scott
Scored 742 runs, Allowed 957 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 62-100

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 1,077,898 (14th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 100, Pitching - 101 · one-year: Batting - 102, Pitching - 104

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1986 / 1988 Trades and Transactions

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

October 15, 1986

Keith Creel granted Free Agency.

Dan Rohn granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1986

Released Jim Weaver.

November 7, 1986

Released Fran Mullins.

November 12, 1986

Dickie Noles granted Free Agency.

November 28, 1986

Signed Casey Parsons as a free agent.

December 9, 1986

Drafted Gibson Alba from the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1986 minor league draft.

December 23, 1986

Released John Butcher.

1987

Signed Kurt Kepshire as a free agent.

January 19, 1987

Signed Doug Frobel as a free agent.

January 26, 1987

Released Jim Wilson.

January 27, 1987

Signed Ed Vande Berg as a free agent.

February 5, 1987

Signed Dennis Lamp as a free agent.

February 6, 1987

Signed Rick Dempsey as a free agent.

February 23, 1987

Traded Curt Wardle to the Oakland Athletics. Received Jeff Kaiser.

March 18, 1987

Released Kevin Buckley.

March 23, 1987

Released Kurt Kepshire.

Released Dennis Lamp.

April 4, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Steve Carlton as a free agent.

April 24, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Mike Armstrong as a free agent.

April 30, 1987 (Standings)

Released Dar Smith.

May 5, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Jose Roman to the New York Mets. Received Michael Westbrook (minors).

May 11, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Don Schulze to the New York Mets. Received Ricky Nelson.

May 12, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Dave Gallagher to the Seattle Mariners. Received Mark Huismann.

June 2, 1987 (Standings)

Drafted Albert Belle in the 2nd round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed August 27, 1987.

Drafted Tom Kramer in the 5th round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed June 10, 1987.

Drafted Ever Magallanes in the 10th round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Steve Olin in the 16th round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Kevin Bearse in the 22nd round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Beau Allred in the 25th round of the 1987 amateur draft.

June 4, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Sammy Stewart as a free agent.

June 10, 1987 (Standings)

Released Gibson Alba.

June 15, 1987 (Standings)

Released Chris Beasley.

July 15, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Tony Bernazard to the Oakland Athletics. Received Darrel Akerfelds and Brian Dorsett.

July 31, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Steve Carlton to the Minnesota Twins. Received a player to be named later. The Minnesota Twins sent Jeff Perry (minors) (August 18, 1987) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

August 8, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Roy Thomas as a free agent.

August 9, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Phil Niekro to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received a player to be named later and Darryl Landrum (minors). The Toronto Blue Jays sent Don Gordon (August 10, 1987) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

October 15, 1987 (Standings)

Ernie Camacho granted Free Agency.

Otis Nixon granted Free Agency.

Casey Parsons granted Free Agency.

Craig Smajstrla granted Free Agency.

Roy Thomas granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1987

Released Rick Dempsey.

Released Jamie Easterly.

Released Sammy Stewart.

November 9, 1987

Chris Bando granted Free Agency.

Brett Butler granted Free Agency.

Ed Vande Berg granted Free Agency.

November 30, 1987

Released Andre Thornton.

December 7, 1987

Luis Encarnacion drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1987 rule 5 draft.

Signed Chris Bando as a free agent.

December 8, 1987

Drafted Todd Pratt from the Boston Red Sox in the 1987 minor league draft.

December 28, 1987

Signed Ron Washington as a free agent.

1988

Bryan Oelkers sent to ??? in an unknown transaction.

January 1, 1988

Signed Bill Laskey as a free agent.

January 8, 1988

Signed Paul Zuvella as a free agent.

January 15, 1988

Signed Rick Rodriguez as a free agent.

January 19, 1988

Signed Greg Harris as a free agent.

Signed John Moses as a free agent.

January 24, 1988

Signed Roberto Rivera as an amateur free agent.

February 1, 1988

Signed Domingo Ramos as a free agent.

February 3, 1988

Signed Doug Piatt as an amateur free agent.

February 9, 1988

Signed Ron Kittle as a free agent.

Signed Dan Schatzeder as a free agent.

February 22, 1988

Signed Chris Codiroli as a free agent.

February 28, 1988

Signed Terry Francona as a free agent.

March 17, 1988

Released Mark Huismann.

March 24, 1988

Released Greg Harris.

March 25, 1988

Purchased Willie Upshaw from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Released Bernardo Brito.

March 28, 1988

Returned Todd Pratt (earlier draft pick) to the Boston Red Sox.

Traded a player to be named later to the Atlanta Braves. Received Jeff Dedmon. The Cleveland Indians sent Tommy Kurczewski (minors) (June 22, 1988) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade.

March 29, 1988

Released John Moses.

Released Frank Wills.

March 30, 1988

Traded Junior Noboa to the California Angels. Received Theodore Milner (minors).

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1986 / 1988 Trades and Transactions