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1989 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1988 / 1990

73-89, Finished 6th in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Doc Edwards (65-78) and John Hart (8-11)
GM: Henry Peters, Scouting Dir: Chet Montgomery
Scored 604 runs, Allowed 654 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 75-87

Ballparks: Cleveland Stadium · Attendance: 1,285,542 (13th 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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1988 / 1990 Trades and Transactions

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

October 15, 1988

Dan Firova granted Free Agency.

Rick Rodriguez granted Free Agency.

Mark Wasinger granted Free Agency.

November 4, 1988

Buddy Black granted Free Agency.

Terry Francona granted Free Agency.

Ron Kittle granted Free Agency.

Willie Upshaw granted Free Agency.

Ron Washington granted Free Agency.

November 15, 1988

Signed Danny Sheaffer as a free agent.

Traded John Githens (minors) and Don Lovell (minors) to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Jerry Holtz (minors) and Tom Magrann.

November 16, 1988

Signed Pat Keedy as a free agent.

Signed Mark Wasinger as a free agent.

November 21, 1988

Signed Brad Komminsk as a free agent.

November 22, 1988

Signed Pete Dalena as a free agent.

November 28, 1988

Released Rod Allen.

Traded a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received a player to be named later and Denny Gonzalez. The Cleveland Indians sent Jay Bell (March 25, 1989) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Felix Fermin (March 25, 1989) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

December 2, 1988

Signed Luis Aguayo as a free agent.

December 3, 1988

Signed Jesse Orosco as a free agent.

December 5, 1988

Darrel Akerfelds drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1988 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Efrain Valdez from the Texas Rangers in the 1988 rule 5 draft.

Signed Buddy Black as a free agent.

December 6, 1988

Traded Julio Franco to the Texas Rangers. Received Jerry Browne, Oddibe McDowell and Pete O'Brien.

December 20, 1988

Released Jon Perlman.

Released Reggie Williams.

December 26, 1988

Signed Steve Davis as a free agent.

1989

Dwight Taylor received from the Montreal Expos in an unknown transaction.

January 17, 1989

Signed Neil Allen as a free agent.

January 18, 1989

Signed Tim Stoddard as a free agent.

January 23, 1989

Traded Eddie Williams to the Chicago White Sox. Received Joel Davis and Ed Wojna.

February 21, 1989

Signed Brian Giles as a free agent.

March 19, 1989

Traded Mel Hall to the New York Yankees. Received Joel Skinner and Turner Ward.

March 26, 1989

Traded Carmelo Castillo to the Minnesota Twins. Received Keith Atherton.

March 27, 1989

Released Neil Allen.

April 1, 1989 (Standings)

Signed Neil Allen as a free agent.

Signed Mark Salas as a free agent.

Traded Chuck Baldwin (minors) to the Seattle Mariners. Received Dave Hengel.

April 4, 1989 (Standings)

Signed Mike Young as a free agent.

May 13, 1989 (Standings)

Released Brad Havens.

June 3, 1989 (Standings)

As part of a 3-team trade, traded Peter Kuld (minors) to the Oakland Athletics. Received a player to be named later from the San Diego Padres. In addition, the Oakland Athletics sent Jose Mota to the San Diego Padres. The San Diego Padres sent Brian Brooks (minors) (June 11, 1989) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

June 5, 1989 (Standings)

Drafted Calvin Murray in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 1989 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jerry Dipoto in the 3rd round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 1989.

Drafted Jesse Levis in the 4th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 13, 1989.

Drafted Alan Embree in the 5th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed September 6, 1989.

Drafted Curt Leskanic in the 8th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed August 12, 1989.

Drafted Kelly Stinnett in the 11th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 3, 1990.

Drafted Jim Thome in the 13th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 18, 1989.

Drafted Mike Potts in the 16th round of the 1989 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Brian Giles in the 17th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed July 18, 1989.

Drafted Robert Person in the 25th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 12, 1989.

Drafted Billy Brewer in the 26th round of the 1989 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Bill Wertz in the 31st round of the 1989 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1989.

Drafted James Hurst in the 32nd round of the 1989 amateur draft.

June 22, 1989 (Standings)

Signed Willie Canate as an amateur free agent.

Signed Ken Ramos as an amateur free agent.

July 2, 1989 (Standings)

Traded Oddibe McDowell to the Atlanta Braves. Received Dion James.

July 12, 1989 (Standings)

Released Tim Stoddard.

July 15, 1989 (Standings)

Traded Brian Dorsett to the California Angels. Received a player to be named later. The California Angels sent Colby Ward (July 15, 1989) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

July 24, 1989 (Standings)

Signed Keith Shepherd as a free agent.

July 27, 1989 (Standings)

Signed David Palmer as a free agent.

Traded Doug Piatt to the Montreal Expos. Received Rick Carriger (minors).

August 7, 1989 (Standings)

Released Keith Atherton.

September 6, 1989 (Standings)

Traded Ron Tingley to the California Angels. Received a player to be named later. The California Angels sent Mark McLemore (August 17, 1990) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

September 14, 1989 (Standings)

Signed Jim Tatum as a free agent.

October 4, 1989 (Standings)

Released Luis Aguayo.

Released Neil Allen.

October 15, 1989 (Standings)

Pete Dalena granted Free Agency.

Brian Giles granted Free Agency.

Dave Hengel granted Free Agency.

Pat Keedy granted Free Agency.

Danny Sheaffer granted Free Agency.

Efrain Valdez granted Free Agency.

October 26, 1989

Released David Palmer.

November 8, 1989

Sold Mike Young to Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Japan Central).

November 13, 1989

Pete O'Brien granted Free Agency.

November 20, 1989

Traded Dave Clark to the Chicago Cubs. Received Mitch Webster.

November 21, 1989

Signed Cecilio Guante as a free agent.

November 28, 1989

Signed Candy Maldonado as a free agent.

December 1, 1989

Released Mark Salas.

December 4, 1989

Released Ed Wojna.

December 5, 1989

Drafted Eddie Zambrano from the Boston Red Sox in the 1989 minor league draft.

December 6, 1989

Traded Joe Carter to the San Diego Padres. Received Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga and Chris James.

December 7, 1989

Signed Keith Hernandez as a free agent.

December 8, 1989

Signed Tom Brookens as a free agent.

December 12, 1989

Traded Steve Davis to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Manny Francois (minors) and Joe Kesselmark (minors).

December 15, 1989

Signed Doug Sisk as a free agent.

Signed Steve Springer as a free agent.

December 20, 1989

Signed Carl Willis as a free agent.

December 21, 1989

Released Rich Yett.

January 5, 1990

Signed Fernando Hernandez as an amateur free agent.

January 9, 1990

Signed Efrain Valdez as a free agent.

Traded Scott Bailes to the California Angels. Received Colin Charland (minors) and Jeff Manto.

January 10, 1990

Signed Rafael Santana as a free agent.

February 20, 1990

Signed Al Nipper as a free agent.

March 18, 1990

Traded a player to be named later and Tommy Hinzo to the Atlanta Braves. Received Miguel Sabino (minors) and Jeff Wetherby. The Cleveland Indians sent Dwight Taylor (July, 1990) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade.

March 26, 1990

Signed Julian Tavarez as an amateur free agent.

March 27, 1990

Released Andy Allanson.

March 31, 1990

Released Brett Merriman.

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1988 / 1990 Trades and Transactions