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.
December 11, 2014 (40 comments)
The annual Rule 5 Draft is today at 12pm ET and will signal the unofficial end of the winter meetings in San Diego. The Indians have a full 40-man roster so will not select anyone, but they have a few players who might get selected in the Major League phase. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the last minute details on the draft and will update the picks as they happen (or don't).
December 11, 2014 (4 comments)
The Dodgers stole the show at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday with a series of moves to change the makeup of their roster by making three trades and one free agent signing. The net result was a new rotation member and All Star keystone combination. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their big day and all the other signings, trades and rumors from San Diego.
December 10, 2014 (14 comments)
Things were much busier in San Diego on Wednesday at the winter meetings (and the day is still not over) as Jon Lester’s deal with the Cubs got things kick started again with signings, trades and rumors. The Indians have not made any moves since the Brandon Moss pickup on Monday, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that their name popped up in a few interesting rumors, two of which for outfielder Alex Rios and lefty starter Brett Anderson.
December 10, 2014 (24 comments)
There were a few free agents signings and a few notable trades on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. The IBI''s Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from a relatively quiet day around winter ball. He provides updates on several notable free agent signs, a few trades and all of the other news of the day.
December 9, 2014 (11 comments)
The news was much quieter on the free agent and trade front on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings as it seems like a lot of the industry is in a holding pattern waiting for Jon Lester to make a decision. Once he signs, the flood gates could open as so many held up free agent deals and trades could be unleashed. The Indians were not involved in any news or rumors on Tuesday, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes some rumors from other teams that the Indians could end up getting more involved in among other things.
December 9, 2014 (1 comments)
There were only two games played throughout winter ball on Monday. Perhaps everyone scheduled an off day in order to keep up with all of the Hot Stove action going on at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. In any case, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in on an old friend Roman Pena and also provides an update on how Anthony Gallas and Jesus Aguilar did on Monday.
December 8, 2014 (29 comments)
Day one of the 2014 Winter Meetings in San Diego is almost in the books, but the big news of the day has come out of Oakland and Cleveland as they finally put the finishing touches on the Brandon Moss deal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at Moss looking at his power, defense, injury, roster fit and much more, plus he gives other thoughts on who might go now that Moss has been added. He also provides all the Indians related rumors from the day...
December 8, 2014 (35 comments)
As the Winter Meetings get cranked up today, the Indians sit in a good spot as an organization. Like every team they have holes on the roster they would like to fill and they will explore with tinkering with their roster, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that they have a lot of roster flexibility and control that puts them in a good spot this offseason. He also breaks down the incredible amount of depth they have created, runs down the list of notable Winter Meetings moments in the past for the Indians and more.
December 8, 2014 (0 comments)
For those who have noticed, Jose Ramirez has not played since November 29th. Some have wondered if he is hurt or if he has been held out of action the past week because he might be in trade talks with Oakland. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides an update on his whereabouts, notes the return of a big Indians prospect and more...
December 8, 2014 (16 comments)
The annual Baseball Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday. Well, everyone simply arrived in San Diego on Sunday and all of the true wheeling and dealing is expected to begin on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news and notes from the day as well as some momentum potentially being gained in a Kemp deal to an American League team.
December 7, 2014 (6 comments)
The 2014 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 11th at 10:00 a.m. ET and unofficially closes the Winter Meetings. It does not get big headlines, but there are some players taken in the hopes of filling out a Major League roster and sometimes some good players are unearthed which become regulars or even All Stars. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at every one of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 50 players!
December 6, 2014 (2 comments)
This is a continuation of this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” where the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Phil Clark. In part one they talked about players like Bradley Zimmer, Greg Allen and others, and in the second half of this interview they talked about the inconsistent but encouraging showing from Steven Patterson, the adjustments Francisco Mejia is implementing at the plate, getting more consistency out of Taylor Murphy’s at bats, the incremental strides D’Vone McClure is making and the adjustments Drake Roberts is making to his swing.
December 6, 2014 (2 comments)
Youth always brings excitement, especially when that youth happens to be a 6-feet-6 245-pound lefty who just turned 18-years old in July. On size and youth alone, that’s a pretty interesting physical specimen. That’s what the Indians have in Sam Hentges who was their fourth round pick in this year’s draft, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on his first pro season.
December 5, 2014 (4 comments)
Today we continue to take stock in all of the players in the Indians minor league system with a look at the position players at Triple-A Columbus. Over the past few months during his research for his 2015 prospect listing the IBI's Tony Lastoria has spoken with numerous people within the Cleveland Indians organization as well as scouts and personnel outside the organization, and he shares those insights on a good collection of players such as Jesus Aguilar, Tyler Holt, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Moncrief, Giovanny Urshela, Zach Walters, Jose Ramirez and many others.