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1997 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1996 / 1998

86-75, Finished 1st in AL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Mike Hargrove (86-75)
GM: John Hart, Scouting Dir: Lee MacPhail IV
Scored 868 runs, Allowed 815 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 85-76

Ballparks: Jacobs Field · Attendance: 3,404,750 (2nd of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 103, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 98, Pitching - 98


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1996 / 1998 Trades and Transactions

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

October 3, 1996

Greg Swindell granted Free Agency.

October 10, 1996

Geronimo Pena granted Free Agency.

October 15, 1996

Mike Butcher granted Free Agency.

Greg Cadaret granted Free Agency.

Casey Candaele granted Free Agency.

Reid Cornelius granted Free Agency.

Erik Plantenberg granted Free Agency.

Released Tom Wilson.

October 27, 1996

Mark Carreon granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1996

Albert Belle granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1996

Eric Plunk granted Free Agency.

November 4, 1996

Kent Mercker granted Free Agency.

November 13, 1996

Traded a player to be named later, Jeff Kent, Julian Tavarez and Jose Vizcaino to the San Francisco Giants. Received a player to be named later and Matt Williams. The Cleveland Indians sent Joe Roa (December 16, 1996) to the San Francisco Giants to complete the trade. The San Francisco Giants sent Trent Hubbard (December 16, 1996) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

November 18, 1996

Dennis Martinez granted Free Agency.

Tony Pena granted Free Agency.

November 25, 1996

Released Nigel Wilson.

December 10, 1996

Signed Eric Plunk as a free agent.

December 12, 1996

Signed Pat Borders as a free agent.

Signed Michael Jackson as a free agent.

December 13, 1996

Signed Kevin Mitchell as a free agent.

December 18, 1996

Signed Chad Curtis as a free agent.

December 19, 1996

Signed Terry Clark as a free agent.

Signed Les Norman as a free agent.

December 20, 1996

Ryan Thompson granted Free Agency.

December 28, 1996

Signed Tony Fernandez as a free agent.

January 1, 1997

Signed Casey Candaele as a free agent.

January 3, 1997

Signed Mike Busch as a free agent.

January 17, 1997

Signed Robby Thompson as a free agent.

January 22, 1997

Purchased Sean Mulligan from the San Diego Padres.

January 31, 1997

Signed Greg Cadaret as a free agent.

March 25, 1997

Traded Alan Embree and Kenny Lofton to the Atlanta Braves. Received Marquis Grissom and David Justice.

April 21, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Ryan Thompson as a free agent.

May 8, 1997 (Standings)

Selected Jason Jacome off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

May 9, 1997 (Standings)

Traded Jose Cabrera to the Houston Astros. Received Alvin Morman.

May 20, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Torey Lovullo as a free agent.

June 3, 1997 (Standings)

Released Kevin Mitchell.

Drafted Tim Drew in the 1st round (28th pick) of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed July 27, 1997.

Drafted Dustan Mohr in the 9th round of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed June 15, 1997.

June 5, 1997 (Standings)

Traded Ryan Thompson to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Jeff Manto.

June 9, 1997 (Standings)

Traded Chad Curtis to the New York Yankees. Received David Weathers.

July 3, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Angel Miranda as a free agent.

Released Greg Cadaret.

July 4, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Alex Herrera as an amateur free agent.

July 25, 1997 (Standings)

Signed Pat Listach as a free agent.

July 31, 1997 (Standings)

Traded Jim Crowell, Danny Graves, Damian Jackson and Scott Winchester to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Jeff Branson and John Smiley.

Traded Steve Kline to the Montreal Expos. Received Jeff Juden.

August 4, 1997 (Standings)

Terry Clark selected by the Texas Rangers off waivers.

August 7, 1997 (Standings)

Selected Steve Montgomery off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

August 13, 1997 (Standings)

Released Julio Franco.

August 14, 1997 (Standings)

Released Angel Miranda.

August 30, 1997 (Standings)

Traded Roland DeLaMaza to the Kansas City Royals. Received Bip Roberts.

October 8, 1997 (Standings)

Trent Hubbard granted Free Agency.

October 15, 1997 (Standings)

Casey Candaele granted Free Agency.

Pat Listach granted Free Agency.

Torey Lovullo granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1997

Orel Hershiser granted Free Agency.

Kevin Seitzer granted Free Agency.

October 30, 1997

Tony Fernandez granted Free Agency.

November 3, 1997

Paul Assenmacher granted Free Agency.

November 5, 1997

Jack McDowell granted Free Agency.

November 7, 1997

Pat Borders granted Free Agency.

Bip Roberts granted Free Agency.

November 12, 1997

Signed Paul Assenmacher as a free agent.

November 18, 1997

Brian Anderson selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 2nd pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

Albie Lopez selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the 48th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

Herbert Perry selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the 68th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

November 25, 1997

Selected Chad Fonville off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.

December 1, 1997

Traded Matt Williams to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Received Travis Fryman, Tom Martin and cash.

December 5, 1997

Signed Rich Batchelor as a free agent.

December 8, 1997

Signed Dwight Gooden as a free agent.

Signed Kenny Lofton as a free agent.

Traded Mike Fetters to the Oakland Athletics. Received Steve Karsay.

Traded Marquis Grissom and Jeff Juden to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Mike Fetters, Ben McDonald and Ron Villone.

December 16, 1997

Signed Pat Borders as a free agent.

December 18, 1997

Signed Rheal Cormier as a free agent.

December 19, 1997

Signed Torey Lovullo as a free agent.

December 20, 1997

David Weathers selected by the Cincinnati Reds off waivers.

January 6, 1998

Signed Carlos Garcia as a free agent.

Sold Travis Driskill to Yakult Swallows (Japan Central).

January 8, 1998

Signed John Cummings as a free agent.

Signed John Ericks as a free agent.

Signed Jason Grimsley as a free agent.

Signed Jamie McAndrew as a free agent.

January 13, 1998

Signed Ron Karkovice as a free agent.

January 19, 1998

Signed Jolbert Cabrera as a free agent.

January 29, 1998

Signed Geronimo Berroa as a free agent.

February 12, 1998

Signed Mike Butcher as a free agent.

February 16, 1998

Signed Shawon Dunston as a free agent.

February 26, 1998

Signed Chris Nichting as a free agent.

March 9, 1998

Released Chad Fonville.

March 11, 1998

Traded Ben McDonald to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Mark Watson.

March 24, 1998

Selected Rick Krivda off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

March 25, 1998

Released Carlos Garcia.

March 30, 1998

Released Mike Butcher.

Released Steve Montgomery.

Traded Sean Casey to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Dave Burba.

April 1, 1998

Signed Maicer Izturis as an amateur free agent.

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1996 / 1998 Trades and Transactions