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.
November 4, 2014 (4 comments)
Corey Kluber had a breakthrough season and is a one of the top two favorites to win the AL Cy Young award. But the IBI's Hayden Grove believes that in order for the Indians to be a more consistent team next year and to make a push for the AL Central title, the Indians need a few arms to step up and solidify the number two and three spots in the rotation. He explains in his latest...
November 4, 2014 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has agreed on a two-year contract extension through 2018 with manager Terry Francona that includes club options for 2019 and 2020.
November 4, 2014 (4 comments)
It's hard to believe that it's already November! 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 Twins and Cubs finalizing deals with their new managers, who could be candidates for the Tampa job, many players receiving qualifying offers, and more.
November 3, 2014 (2 comments)
On Monday the Indians resigned right-handed starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training. They also removed Chris Gimenez from the 40-man roster and lost J.B. Shuck on waivers to the White Sox.
November 3, 2014 (27 comments)
In a perfect world, the Indians would go out and sign Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez and Nelson Cruz and then go out and win the World Series in 2015. But that's not how things work in Cleveland, so as hard as it may be, as fans we often need to take a collective step back and look at things realistically. The IBI's Tony Lastoria attempts to do just that as he looks at all of the strengths and weaknesses of the Indians roster and what they may ultimately do to shore up those weaknesses this offseason.
November 3, 2014 (6 comments)
Every year there seems to be a big posting that generates a lot of talk. This year the big foreign posting is a shortstop from Korea named Jung-Ho Kang. Get ready for an avalanche of stories on this young player as he is a need to know hot stove name that even most diehard baseball fans don’t know very well. The IBI's Jeff Ellis gives us the 411 on him as a player and also talks of the Indians interest in him.
November 3, 2014 (12 comments)
The Cleveland Indians failed to make the playoffs last season after making it as a wildcard team in 2013; however, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he believe the Indians will be fine going into next season and will be a contender again. The IBI's Jay Frierson notes who Hoynes has the Indians tagetting in free agency and he recaps all the other news from the day...
November 1, 2014 (4 comments)
Following a 73-89 showing in 2014, the Chicago White Sox do not jump out as a threat to Cleveland in next year’s division race. Such a thought process would be selling the White Sox short, however. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the combination of internal growth and offseason acquisitions that could help the White Sox make a playoff push in 2015 and make the AL Central even more crowded.
November 1, 2014 (10 comments)
The Cavaliers got the first win of their young season on Friday night. Are big things ahead? 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 Cubs hiring Joe Maddon and the potential tampering charges that could follow, what kind of contract Pablo Sandoval is seeking, the Indians shuffle up the front office, and more.
October 31, 2014 (27 comments)
In Thursday's first part, the IBI's John Mast compared the lineups of the American League Central’s three leading teams, the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and the American League Champion Kansas City Royals. When comparing the lineups side by side, where do the Indians need to improve? That's what John tries to answer in the second part of this two-part piece.
October 31, 2014 (0 comments)
Happy Halloween! It feels weird that the baseball season is officially over. That doesn't mean the hot stove is taking a break! 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 Kevin Youkilis calling it a career, many players saw their options exercised or declined, where the Royals go from here, and more.
October 30, 2014 (17 comments)
The Tigers and Royals have each been to the World Series the last three years. Although they came up short in their question for a title, they offer two very formidable clubs for the Indians to overtake and win the AL Central. In this two-part piece, the IBI's John Mast compares the three teams to show how they stack up with one another.
October 30, 2014 (11 comments)
With the 2014 season officially over after the Giants defeated the Royals in Game 7 in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, the 2014-2015 Hot Stove season in Major League Baseball is officially here. The Indians wrapped up their season almost five weeks ago, so they are already knee deep in their offseason preparations, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep and insightful look into the Indians first task this offseason: the decision on which players to remove from their 40-man roster.
October 29, 2014 (33 comments)
The Indians are going to explore a lot of trades this offseason, many upon many of which will not come to fruition. Some of their key players like Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes are untouchable, but in the right deal some of their core pieces could be dealt. One of those players is second baseman, and while a trade may ultimately not happen this offseason, the IBI's Jeff Ellis looks at four trades he would consider for Kipnis.