December 25, 2014 (4 comments)
As we all get set to enjoy the company of family and friends on this Christmas holiday, we wanted to take a little time to give thanks and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In this collaboration piece, several IBI staff members explain why they love baseball and the Indians.
December 24, 2014 (8 comments)
As teams begin to close up shop for the Christmas holiday there was still some news to be made on Tuesday as waiver moves dominated the league. One particular waiver related news item involved lefty Nick Maronde who cleared waivers. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details on that along with a flurry of signings throughout the league...
December 23, 2014 (34 comments)
The Indians added Gavin Floyd to the rotation last week which means the Indians will have a strong competition for the fifth and final spot in the rotation this spring. One of those candidates is Danny Salazar who looks like a favorite going in for the final spot, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria wonders if the Indians might consider trading him at some point or change his role to the bullpen if his consistency and health issues persist. Tony also notes how David Murphy may not be dealt this offseason, notes an injury to Jesus Aguilar which has ended his winter season and more.
December 23, 2014 (0 comments)
With Christmas just two days away the action in winter ball was quiet on Monday as just two players in the Indians organization were active in Puerto Rico. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes how Bryson Myles is off to a good start in his late winter ball showing and how Giovanni Soto continues to impress in the starting rotation.
December 22, 2014 (0 comments)
Wow, it was a very busy night in winter ball as many players were in action in Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. With the Dominican Winter League regular season ending on Sunday several young players got a chance to play, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action from a busy Sunday.
December 22, 2014 (2 comments)
With Christmas fast approaching the news around Major League Baseball is quickly starting to slow down. The news should continue to dwindle leading into the holiday, but there is still some noteworthy news around the league. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that Wil Myers has been discussed in a Cole Hamels trade and much more...
December 21, 2014 (18 comments)
Since the acquisition of Brandon Moss almost two weeks ago there has been a lot of speculation as to what player the Indians will move off the roster to make room for him and what team that player may go to. With the Giants announcing they have a need for a left fielder and looking to acquire one at a low cost via trade, perhaps there is a match with the Indians for Murphy. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the news on that and more...
December 20, 2014 (14 comments)
The 13-year anniversary of the Roberto Alomar trade passed earlier this month. In what seems like a lifetime ago, it is amazing that it has now been 13 years since that trade was consummated on December 11, 2001. It is a trade that signaled a dramatic change in the direction of the franchise and was the opening salvo for what has since become a 13-year war between the fans and ownership on the true intentions of that new direction. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reminisces...
December 19, 2014 (13 comments)
The Indians made a surprising decision with the starting rotation this week signing Gavin Floyd to a one-year deal, guaranteeing him a rotation spot, and pushing one Danny Salazar or T.J. House out of the rotation. The IBI's Tony Lastoria tries to make sense of it all and explains the rationale behind adding a veteran starter like Floyd to mix in with a rotation that has so much promise.
December 18, 2014 (23 comments)
After it was rumored all day the Padres, Nationals and Marlins put the finishing touches on a massive three team deal that had 11 players changing zip codes. The big name was outfielder Wil Myers going to the Padres, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details from that trade and all the other news from the day...
December 17, 2014 (13 comments)
The Major League Baseball offseason continues to surprise as yet another big deal appears to be happening with Wil Myers changing location from the east coast to the west coast. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on that potential deal plus all the other news and notes from Tuesday...
December 16, 2014 (55 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year $4 million deal for the 2015 season. The deal also includes an additional $6 million in performance bonuses tied to the number or starts he makes and innings he pitches next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details...
December 16, 2014 (13 comments)
The popular approach in Cleveland these days is to ridicule the Indians for their lack of activity this offseason, but if you step back and look where this team is now compared to two years ago at this time it is amazing the turnaround they have enjoyed. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the key players in their turnaround, manages expectations with Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis, talks about a sleeper minor league signing and more.
December 16, 2014 (1 comments)
It was a light night Around the Farm for the Indians as the Dominican Winter League was off and the Puerto Rico Winter League was rained out, but there was still action in Mexico and Venezuela. The IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in and provides updates on several players including a deceivingly good showing from Anthony Gallas.
December 15, 2014 (19 comments)
It’s not really a big issue at the moment, but the Indians have a very interesting battle brewing among three players for two spots in the middle infield. While Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis are set to open the 2015 season as the Indians keystone combination, top prospect Francisco Lindor is expected to change all of that a month or two into the season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the three and how they fit into things at the moment...
December 15, 2014 (4 comments)
The Dominican Winter League season wraps up in a week. A lot of Indians participants have already gone home, but some who have been there all season and not had much playing time may get a chance to play more now that their team is out of playoff contention. One of those players is Ronny Rodriguez, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his night and the rest of the Indians in winter ball on Sunday.
December 15, 2014 (3 comments)
While the Winter Meetings have been over for a few days, the free agents continue to come off the board. More moves and trades should be announced this week as teams and players look to lock up key roster decisions before the holidays. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news from Sunday including the White Sox making yet another offseason splash....
December 14, 2014 (33 comments)
Some big changes are coming to IBI in the coming weeks as effective January 1st the Indians Baseball Insider will officially be joining the Scout.com network. IBI creator and editor-in-chief Tony Lastoria talks about the change, what it means, and where the IBI is going...
December 12, 2014 (11 comments)
Power is a scarce resource throughout Major League Baseball. It is an age of offensive regression in the game, so when you have a young prospect in your system with the potential to impact with his power at the big league level someday it can be tough to control your excitement. That’s what the Indians have at the moment in first base prospect Bobby Bradley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently talked to him and discussed his pro debut and future.
December 11, 2014 (18 comments)
The Winter Meetings are over. All of the teams have checked out of their hotel rooms, boarded their flights and disbanded to all of their home cities across the country. But what a wild final 24-48 hours it was. The IBI's Tony Lastoria notes the Indians silence during all of that activity and explains why they don't have a lot of needs, what they may do going forward, talks about the Rule 5 Draft results and more.