April 4, 2014 (12 comments)
Jason Kipnis has always been considered a player that's been a hard-worker. Unfortunately, when you are stereo-typed as a hard-worker, you are often downgraded as a player that has to overcome a lack-of-talent. Kipnis has fought that "blue-collar" stereotype his entire life, and in doing so, proved to the Indians that he's more than just a guy that gets dirty. Join Jim Pete as he chronicles Kipnis and his meteoric rise from his high school brilliance, to contract renaissance.
April 4, 2014 (3 comments)
After a long and especially unpleasant winter, the boys of summer have returned and are about to make their way back to Cleveland as the Indians finally return from the West Coast. In Oakland, the Tribe didn't exactly play flawless baseball, but they managed to leave with a series win under their belts, which is pretty much all you can ask for. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he provides his pros and cons from the opening series.
April 4, 2014 (16 comments)
Cleveland and second baseman Jason Kipnis reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension early Friday morning according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, among others. The contract is for six years, $52.5 million, covering three arbitration seasons and two years of free agency. The deal also includes a club option for the 2020 season.
April 4, 2014 (3 comments)
Opening Day in Cleveland has finally arrived! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on an update on Mets closer Bobby Parnell, Arizona's plan for Daniel Hudson, and more.
April 3, 2014 (20 comments)
Cleveland split yesterday's doubleheader, losing game one to Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics 6-1 before winning in comeback fashion 6-4 in the nightcap. Michael Brantley, aka Dr. Smooth, was the hero, singling in two runs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland the lead. With a series win to open the season, Cleveland now heads home to prepare for the home opener on Friday. Join Charlie Adams as he gives his Second Thoughts on last night's doubleheader.
April 3, 2014 (2 comments)
Extending young, promising players has become the norm for small market teams. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Chris Archer's extension with Tampa Bay, an expanded role for Ryan Raburn, and more.
April 2, 2014 (2 comments)
The Tampa Bay Rays signed young starter Chris Archer to a multi-year deal, continuing their organizational belief that you build and sign good, young pitchers to long-term deals before their worth skyrockets. The Indians have likewise signed players such as Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley to deals, but have yet to incorporate this strategy with their pitchers. Today, Jim Pete looks at the Rays, and points to Danny Salazar as a top candidate for a long-term contract.
April 2, 2014 (3 comments)
It didn't take long for the Indians to have their first game postponed by weather - and it certainly won't be the last time this season. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the injury to Bobby Parnell, the Nationals losing a key piece to their offense, and more.
April 1, 2014 (5 comments)
Smoke Signals is officially back on a weekly basis and tonight Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria kick things off back on it's regular Tuesday night slot. With today's rainout, Smoke Signals will focus on last night's interesting affair, as the Indians scored two runs late to beat the A's 2-0. It wasn't without a bases loaded jam, and a stressful ninth inning. They'll also be talking about what the Indians may have in front of them this year in the A.L. Central, and beyond.
April 1, 2014 (35 comments)
Hours and hours of rain in Oakland threatened to take Opening Day away from us, but Mother Nature cooperated enough to allow the game. And what a game it was. Justin Masterson was brilliant once again on opening day and while the offense struggled the Indians finally broke through in the ninth inning to pull out an exciting 2-0 win on Opening Night.
April 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Opening Day has finally come and gone! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on an update involving extension talks with Jason Kipnis, extension talks with two star players are tabled, and more.
March 31, 2014 (15 comments)
Who is ready for some baseball? Those of us here at the IBI sure are! It has been almost six months to the day that the Indians lost to the Rays in the single-game elimination Wild Card game and for the first time in a few years there is some sincere optimism heading into the start of a season. With the dawn of a new Indians season now here, we pooled together several IBI writers and put together a roundtable to get their quick thoughts on the Indians this season, their season predictions for the Indians, and their MLB predictions as well.
March 31, 2014 (11 comments)
The offseason has officially ended. Now, enjoy the next seven months full of baseball. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the 40-man roster moves made by the Indians, the talks between the Red Sox and Jon Lester, and more.
March 30, 2014 (6 comments)
In 2013, the Cleveland Indians did the unthinkable: they won 92 games a season after they had only won 68 games, and they made the playoffs. While Kenny Lofton is arguing THAT point, the one-game foray into the postseason realm galvanized the fanbase, and reminded many of what things could be like with a winning baseball team. On paper, the Indians didn't add much to the roster, but will their be enough internal improvement for this team to take it to the next step? Join Jim Pete for your chance and picking the Indians' future with today Power Poll-palooza!!!
March 30, 2014 (1 comments)
The season opener for the Indians is not just hours away. As with the start of any baseball season, hope springs eternal, and the IBI's DJ Sebastian is really big on the Tribe this season and thinks they could even win 100 games based on his Seb-err-metrics formula he concocted. Check out how he came to the 100-win conclusion in this entertaining and overall feel good piece at the start of the season!
March 30, 2014 (4 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced their opening day 25-man roster and also the moved to designate Preston Guilmet, Frank Herrmann, and Colt Hynes for assignment.
March 30, 2014 (11 comments)
With a new season upon us, it is once again time for Jim Piascik to rank Cleveland's roster from bottom to top. Many of the names are familiar from last year's 92-win playoff season, but there is some new blood (and a noticeable lack of Chris Perez). Today includes players ranked #12 to #1, which means a lot of players projected to receive most of the playing time (see: position players and starting pitchers). Join Jim as he unveils part two of his opening day roster rankings.
March 30, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians seem to be taking a page from John Hart's playbook, and that has Tribe fans excited. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Cleveland fan-favorite Yan Gomes getting a long-term extension, Jon Lester and the Red Sox temporarily ending their contract talks, and more.
March 30, 2014 (4 comments)
All good things must come to an end. After a great spring, the Indians dropped their final Cactus League game Saturday to San Diego, 9-8. Tribe outfielder Matt Carson belted a pair of homers, but the offense could not overcome a shaky outing by Danny Salazar. The right-handed phenom went just four innings allowing five runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
March 29, 2014 (22 comments)
Cleveland agreed with a six-year, $23 million contract extension with catcher Yan Gomes according to Ken Rosenthal (pending a physical). The extension also includes two club options that would keep Gomes under team control through 2021 if exercised.