November 18, 2014 (7 comments)
The Boston Red Sox had a rough year after their World Series win in 2013, but the talent is clearly there. The IBI's Jeff Ellis believes there is not a team who has more ready-made talent in or near the majors. They do have issues in terms of depth when it comes to pitching, but in terms of bats the Red Sox are almost two deep with a legit possible starter at every position on the diamond. He takes a look at possible trade fits between the Indians and Red Sox.
November 18, 2014 (0 comments)
The weather feels like it should be January or February with Spring Training right around the corner, but it's only November. Depressing much? 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 the blockbuster trade the Cardinals and Braves pulled off, the Blue Jays make one of the first big splashes in free agency, Giancarlo Stanton agrees to a record deal, and more.
November 17, 2014 (14 comments)
Upon Corey Kluber winning the Cy Young award last week the focus of a lot of people turned to the prospects of Kluber signing a long term deal with the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria informs us that the timing of a long term extension is not right and how it may be a year or two away. He also talks about how the Indians should look for starting pitching this offseason, looks at how the Giovanny Urshela injury may impact the plans at third base and more...
November 17, 2014 (25 comments)
It’s no secret for the past few seasons the Indians have been searching for a right-handed hitter with some pop in his bat and who could fit somewhere in the middle of their lineup. IBI newcomer Kevin Sledz takes a look at some potential options the Indians could chase this offseason via free agency or on the trade market.
November 16, 2014 (5 comments)
If the newly extended Terry Francona enjoys anything more than managing in Cleveland, we all know that it’s his bullpen. Like a bag of candy - or in Tito’s case, a container of Dubble Bubble - Francona reached into his bullpen as often as he wanted in 2014 and for the majority of the season, that was a beneficial practice for the Indians. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the bullpen setup for the Indians going into 2015 and what they need to do - if anything - to make an already strong unit stronger.
November 14, 2014 (4 comments)
In 2010, the Indians acquired Corey Kluber in a three-team deal that sent Jake Westbrook to St. Louis and Ryan Ludwick from the Cardinals to the Padres. San Diego would give the Indians a 24-year old pitcher still trying to navigate through Double-A and who struggled to find himself for a few years, but has evolved into one of the best pitchers in the game. The IBI's Michael Goodman explains how advanced metrics show Kluber had a historic season for the Indians and was not only deserving of the Cy Young award - but that he may even get better.
November 14, 2014 (19 comments)
Snow has been flying and it's beginning to get a lot colder outside. Are you ready for Spring Training yet? 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 the record setting deal being discussed for Giancarlo Stanton, the Most Valuable Player awards being announced, two former Indians pitchers being linked back to the team, and more.
November 13, 2014 (9 comments)
Corey Kluber took the mound at Progressive Field just like any normal game. Needing just 85 pitches, Kluber outdueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez by tossing a nine inning complete game shutout. Fifteen weeks later, the two right-handers were at it again, this time in a battle for the American League Cy Young Award, with Kluber once again coming out with the victory. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz took part in a phone conference with the 2014 Cy Young winner and shares his thoughts.
November 13, 2014 (2 comments)
In what was a very tight decision, Indians ace right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber was awarded the AL Cy Young award on Wednesday night. The IB provides the details on the Klubot's big win and also runs down a few other Indians related notes on Wednesday.
November 12, 2014 (20 comments)
At 6pm tonight the unveiling of the winners of the AL and NL Cy Young Award will be announced live on MLB Network. The Indians very own Corey Kluber will be on0air to talk about the award and give his reaction should he win it. Be sure to tune in! The IBI's Jay Frierson notes Kluber's candidacy and runs down a laundry list of rumors that popped up around baseball on Tuesday.
November 11, 2014 (11 comments)
The baseball world got a bit of a surprise on Monday as Michael Cuddyer became the first free agent to sign a new contract. The surprise came about because after the Rockies extended him the qualifying offer a few days ago it was felt there was no chance anyone would sign him. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the deal and how it actually helps the Indians draft plans...
November 11, 2014 (5 comments)
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service, bravery, and commitment. We appreciate you! 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 the Mets signing Michael Cuddyer, the BBWAA announces the Rookie of the Year awards, MLB gives an update on a potential tampering case, and more.
November 10, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians are going to consider a lot of different possibilities this offseason as they look to make some changes to help the team be more consistent both defensively and offensively. While a lot of fans will focus on upgrading third base, the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes that the Indians may opt to stick with Chisenhall for another season to see what he does and also give hot prospect Giovanny Urshela time to transition into the big leagues. Tony also ponders where Jason Kipnis fits in the lineup, talks about the trio of big contract extensions from this past spring, and more!
November 10, 2014 (17 comments)
For a bad team the Colorado Rockies have been in the news a lot of late. They made a change at the top with the retirement of former Cleveland Indians front office member Dan O’Dowd and now are listening to trade offers on their top two players Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. The IBI's Jeff Ellis looks at any potential trade matches between the Indians and Rockies and offers up a sleeper name to keep an eye on.
November 8, 2014 (1 comments)
They first came to Cleveland as virtual no names. One, as a player to be named later, the other listed as a utility man. Now household names and Tribe cornerstones, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes have each been awarded one of baseball's highest honors: The Silver Slugger Award. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz caught up with both players on a phone conference Friday, where both players shared thoughts on the award and look ahead to 2015.
November 8, 2014 (6 comments)
The weekend has finally arrived! Enjoy the last of the fall weather in Northeast Ohio as temperatures are expected to dip sharply this coming week. 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 Hanley Ramirez's willingness to play another position, Carlos Santana and Terry Francona heading to Japan, Pablo Sandoval's contract desires become clear, and more.
November 7, 2014 (2 comments)
Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes earned their first Silver Slugger awards on Thursday, and hopefully the first of many to come. The Yankees continue to look for ways to rid themselves of Alex Rodriguez during his ongoing saga of PED use. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on all of that and more as he fills in for Storylines...
November 6, 2014 (2 comments)
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians extended manager Terry Francona through the 2018 season with club options for 2019 and 2020, and the IBI's Graydon Fox believes they just made their biggest and best move of the offseason. He explains Francona's impact and why it is such an important move for the organization.
November 5, 2014 (6 comments)
MLBTradeRumors.com released their projections today for players around Major League Baseball who are eligible for salary arbitration. Over the years this has become a handy listing to help show committed payroll money for teams as they enter the offseason, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at those figures and provides an update on the Indians payroll situation.
November 5, 2014 (9 comments)
The Indians locked up an important piece to their organization on Tuesday as they agreed to a two-year extension with manager Terry Francona that also includes two option years to bring him under club control through 2020. The IBI's Jay Frierson shares the details on the extension as well as all the other news and notes throughout baseball on Tuesday.