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1998 Cleveland Indians

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1997 / 1999

89-73, Finished 1st in AL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Mike Hargrove (89-73)
GM: John Hart, Scouting Dir: Lee MacPhail IV
Scored 850 runs, Allowed 779 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 87-75

Ballparks: Jacobs Field · Attendance: 3,467,299 (2nd of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 103, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 108, Pitching - 107

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1997 / 1999 Trades and Transactions

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

October 8, 1997

Trent Hubbard granted Free Agency.

October 15, 1997

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

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

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 (Standings)

Signed Maicer Izturis as an amateur free agent.

April 3, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Carl Sadler as a free agent.

April 9, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Pat Listach as a free agent.

April 14, 1998 (Standings)

Selected David Bell off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

April 18, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Jim Brower as a free agent.

April 24, 1998 (Standings)

Jeff Manto selected by the Detroit Tigers off waivers.

April 28, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Phil Hiatt as a free agent.

May, 1998 (Standings)

Released Pat Listach.

May 6, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Mark Whiten as a free agent.

June 2, 1998 (Standings)

Drafted CC Sabathia in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 29, 1998.

Drafted Zach Sorensen in the 2nd round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 1, 1998.

Drafted Ryan Drese in the 5th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 25, 1998.

Drafted Matt White in the 15th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 15, 1998.

June 8, 1998 (Standings)

Selected Matt Luke off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

June 16, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Jeff Manto as a free agent.

Traded Rick Krivda to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Christian Rojas (minors) and Eddie Priest.

June 18, 1998 (Standings)

Signed D.J. Carrasco as a free agent.

June 19, 1998 (Standings)

Sold Matt Luke to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

June 24, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Geronimo Berroa to the Detroit Tigers. Received Dave Roberts and Tim Worrell.

July 2, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Rex Hudler as a free agent.

July 12, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Tim Worrell to the Oakland Athletics. Received a player to be named later. The Oakland Athletics sent Adam Robinson (minors) (July 28, 1998) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

July 22, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Jim Poole as a free agent.

July 23, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Shawon Dunston, Jose Mesa and Alvin Morman to the San Francisco Giants. Received Jacob Cruz and Steve Reed.

Traded Eric Plunk to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Doug Jones.

August 3, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Travis Driskill as a free agent.

August 13, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Cecil Fielder as a free agent.

August 21, 1998 (Standings)

Released D.J. Carrasco.

August 31, 1998 (Standings)

Traded David Bell to the Seattle Mariners. Received Joey Cora.

September 18, 1998 (Standings)

Released Cecil Fielder.

October 1, 1998 (Standings)

Eddie Priest selected by the Cincinnati Reds off waivers.

October 3, 1998 (Standings)

Jim Poole granted Free Agency.

October 15, 1998 (Standings)

Rheal Cormier granted Free Agency.

Jason Grimsley granted Free Agency.

Torey Lovullo granted Free Agency.

Chris Nichting granted Free Agency.

Released Jeff Manto.

October 16, 1998

Jim Brower granted Free Agency.

Phil Hiatt granted Free Agency.

October 23, 1998

Jeff Branson granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1998

Bruce Aven selected by the Florida Marlins off waivers.

October 29, 1998

Joey Cora granted Free Agency.

Doug Jones granted Free Agency.

October 30, 1998

Mark Whiten granted Free Agency.

November 3, 1998

Pat Borders granted Free Agency.

Sold Jason Jacome to Yakult Swallows (Japan Central).

November 13, 1998

Traded Chad Ogea to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Jerry Spradlin.

November 18, 1998

Traded Brian Giles to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Ricardo Rincon.

December 1, 1998

Signed Roberto Alomar as a free agent.

December 8, 1998

Signed Mark Whiten as a free agent.

January 4, 1999

Signed Jim Brower as a free agent.

January 5, 1999

Signed Jeff Manto as a free agent.

Signed Dave Telgheder as a free agent.

Signed Chris Turner as a free agent.

January 26, 1999

Signed Dave Stevens as a free agent.

February 2, 1999

Signed Hector Luna as an amateur free agent.

February 3, 1999

Signed Jamie Brewington as a free agent.

Signed Wil Cordero as a free agent.

Signed Bill Selby as a free agent.

Signed Paul Wagner as a free agent.

February 20, 1999

Signed Orel Hershiser as a free agent.

February 26, 1999

Signed Pat Borders as a free agent.

March 23, 1999

Released Joe Horgan.

March 25, 1999

Released Orel Hershiser.

March 27, 1999

Signed Cameron Cairncross as a free agent.

March 29, 1999

Sent Mike Glavine to the Atlanta Braves as part of a conditional deal.

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