March 16, 2014 (18 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have two weeks left in Spring Training, and there are only a few holes left to fill. The one getting the most notoriety is for the final spot in the rotation. The good news for the Indians is that there does appear to be a couple of starters that are moving away from the pack. Who is your pick for the last spot? Will the Indians go for the best performer, or will they go for the player with options...or are those one and the same.
March 12, 2014 (5 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are focusing their sights on starting pitcher Justin Masteron, who may have put himself out there as willing to take a thee-year deal to stay in Cleveland. While all eyes are on the big, bald righty, there are also ongoing talks with a player that could prove to be even more important down the road in Jason Kipnis. With two similar players signing big-time deals in the offseason, is it time to wrap up Kipnis? Join Jim Pete in his stroll through the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
March 9, 2014 (4 comments)
Jim Pete dusts off his old Sunday Drive column for a closer look at why signing Justin Masterson goes far beyond the numbers, why Cody Anderson really could be a factor should the Indians need one in August, why Carlos Santana shouldn't be looked at all that closely just yet, and how something special could come out of the Indians' patience in handling Danny Salazar.
March 6, 2014 (15 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have apparently been given a potential break in the negotiations with their "ace" starter, Justin Masterson. According to the reports, Masty is reportedly copacetic with signing a deal that's far less in years and overall money than Homer Bailey's six-year, $105 million deal. Is his offer truly less time, and is it truly a discount when it's all said and done? IBI's Jim Pete talks Masterson, and the joys of Spring Training...
March 2, 2014 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are entering the first phase of their 2014 MLB season: the one in which they play games, but without a whole lot of meaning behind much of anything. In other words, you can read too much into what they do or say just yet. Join Jim Pete as he looks at some recent rumblings, than ties the Indians to the Oscars on this most hallowed of Hollywood evenings.
February 26, 2014 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians opened up against the Cincinnati Reds today, officially kicking off the 2014 MLB season. The Indians 25-man roster is fairly set, with four or five spots still open should they remain healthy over the next five weeks. Jim and Tony put together another Smoke Signals podcast before the game and share some of their thoughts on some of the stories in spring training.
February 23, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are often judged by how many times they misfire per season, as opposed to what their chances are of actually winning the World Series. Of course, it's often the folly of the front office that leads fans there to begin with. As the Indians get set to embark upon the 2014 season, will they win the World Series? Have they built a team that can win in the near future? Will they win it before we leave this earth? Join Jim Pete as he leads you through this week's Power Poll.
February 20, 2014 (19 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez has finally left the Indians building. In April of 2013, Jim literally begged the Indians' front office to release the struggling righthander, but he stuck around and carried the Tribe to the playoffs. While Ubaldo is gone, what are the ramifications of his leaving with regards to Justin Masterson and the rotation? Join Jim Pete as he talks Jimenez, Masterson and the Indians approach.
February 17, 2014 (4 comments)
Welcome to the seventh season of Smoke Signals! In today's debut episode, Tony and Jim focus their attention on several moves the Indians made this offseason, why they didn't HAVE to make more moves, what they might still do, and where they might go as the season progresses. Join IBI's flagship podcast, which will begin recording live every Tuesday night starting this week! More details to follow.
February 16, 2014 (27 comments)
Danny Salazar and Yan Gomes burst out for the Cleveland Indians in 2013, and really added the depth that the team needed to get to the next level. With both players joining the team on a regular basis in 2014, do the Indians have any minor league options that could provide the same burst of energy this season? Join Jim Pete, as he takes a look at potential break-out candidates this season.
February 12, 2014 (5 comments)
Once the season officially starts, optimism often turns to the realities of what teams have on paper. It's hard to say what the Indians have on paper, because last year at this time, I'm not sure that a playoff team is what was evident. With players reporting to Goodyear, the mysteries will be answered. Before they are, let's close our eyes one last time and imagine just what might happen if it all clicks just once. Join Jim Pete with the 2014 State of the Indians' Union.
February 9, 2014 (17 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have many great eras in their past, but none stand out more to today's fan than the prodigious offensive teams of the 1990's. Those teams were some of the best offensive teams in the history of the game, and while they never brought home a World Series championship, their playoff runs will be remembered for many years to come. With all of the discussion about Thome's statue, the inevitable question has to be asked. Who is the Indians' best player from those 90's team? Join Jim Pete for Sunday's Power Poll.
February 5, 2014 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have been fairly silent since the start of 2014. As the Tribe buses head from Cleveland to Goodyear, Arizona for next week's report dates, Jim Pete ponders last year's last-minute Michael Bourn signing, how it was likely their big move for 2014, and discusses the possibility of another Indians splash in February, Spring Training or July's trade deadline.
February 2, 2014 (5 comments)
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are playing each other in today's Super Bowl. While staying in that same frame of mind, today's power poll is going to stick to World Champions. Believe it or not, the Cleveland Indians have two World Championships, both in 1920 and 1948. Instead of worrying about the best team, which of these two championship teams is your favorite?
January 29, 2014 (51 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez has never been Jim Pete's favorite player. Not even close, but as the sub-zero temperatures envelope Cleveland, Jim takes a close look at the enigmatic starter and whether or not he's worth the risk of a one-to-three year deal at $11-$13 million per year. Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and deal Masterson? Will the Indians sign Masterson and forget Ubaldo? Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and Masterson? Weave through the highs and lows at this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
January 26, 2014 (12 comments)
Carlos Santana is the Cleveland Indians' best offensive player, but after signing Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and David Murphy, along with the emergence of Yan Gomes, he seems to be a player without a position. With an organizational movement in full effect to move the slugger to third base, will this Santana Shift experiment be successful? Join Jim Pete with this week's power poll looking at a potential move to third base for the Indians' guitar-playing slugger...
January 22, 2014 (21 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have quietly treaded water this offseason, striking to sign low-cost players to fill the holes that were in their roster. The Indians are ready to head to spring training with their current roster next month, but are cautiously optimistic that another move or two could be made before the season starts in April. Join Jim Pete with this weeks Corner, as he explores a Jeff Samardzija trade, and how difficult it's going to be to get those final moves.
January 19, 2014 (22 comments)
One of the highlights of the hot stove season for die-hard baseball fans are when the organizational rankings are presented by both the national writers and our very own writers here at IBI. With the first two top tens out from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, we can take our first volley at shaping what's right, and what's wrong with the rankings. Join Jim Pete in this week's power poll, figuring out who belongs, and who doesn't.
January 15, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have spent the last three months quietly navigating their way through the hot stove season. With the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers creating a vacuum of negativity with their questionable moves and unmotivated play, have the Indians wasted an opportunity to fill the void? What do the Indians have to do to be deemed a success, and is it realistic? Join Jim Pete as he talks 2014 at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario...
January 8, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians potentially lost two major pieces to their 2013 rotation this offseason, but have addressed the situation with both internal options, and an intriguing minor league free agent signing. Some believe that the foundation for 2014 is much better than what the team had last season, and some aren't quite as sure. Jim Pete and Mike Hattery weave in and out of the A.L. Central rotations in this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.