C/1B Carlos Santana is expected to play at least a month of winter ball as a third baseman. With the emergence of Yan Gomes as the everyday catcher, the Indians are considering the possibility of moving Santana to third base. Santana was originally signed as a third baseman by the Dodgers in 2004. "Carlos is athletic, has good hands and a phenomenal arm. It's just a matter of getting him re-acclimated to third base," general manager Chris Antonetti said.
INF Jose Ramirez had left thumb ligament reconstruction surgery on Dec. 11. Rehab is expected to be eight-to-12 weeks before he can resume full baseball activities.
OF David Murphy, signed as a free agent to a two-year contract, is expected to platoon in right field with OF Ryan Raburn or OF Drew Stubbs. The left-handed hitting Murphy will start against right-handed pitchers and Raburn or Stubbs vs. left-handers. "David is a very good complementary player to our club. He's also a great teammate and person and will fit seamlessly into our clubhouse," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti.
RHP Carlos Carrasco is out of minor league options, and, barring injury, will be on the Indians' Opening Day roster, according to general manager Chris Antonetti. Carrasco will compete with RHP Josh Tomlin and RHP Trevor Bauer for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. If Carrasco doesn't win that spot, he will open the season in the bullpen.
1B David Cooper was signed to a major league contract. A former first-round draft pick by Toronto in 2008, Cooper was signed to a minor league contract by the Indians in the middle of the 2013 season after recovering from back surgery in April. Cooper hit .315 in a combined 51 at bats between Triple-A Columbus and the Indians' team in the Arizona League.
3B Lonnie Chisenhall missed a golden opportunity in 2013 to establish himself as the Indians' third baseman. Chisenhall struggled again as he continues to have trouble getting his career over the big-league hump. He has bounced between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus in each of the last three seasons. In 2013, he hit just .225 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs in 289 at-bats for the Indians. "Lonnie has a ton of ability but he needs to figure out a way to be a consistent major league player," general manager Chris Antonetti said.