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 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed free agents catcher Brett Hayes, outfielder Destin Hood, catcher Adam Moore and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League camp.
December 15, 2014 (25 comments)
The annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings took place this offseason in San Diego last week and most of the biggest moves just happened to be made inside the American League Central division. In what was already a competitive division in 2014 in which three of the five teams finished eight games above .500 or better, all five teams made moves to better themselves in 2015 and beyond. The IBIs Kevin Sledz takes a look at each team and what they did in the past week…
December 13, 2014 (25 comments)
One of the busiest Winter Meetings in the history of the league-wide get together has come and gone, but for the Indians, the flurry of activity may have made the trip to the road to the top of the AL Central that much more difficult. While they might have started things off with a bang acquiring Brandon Moss, the Indians were rather quiet for the rest of the meetings while the rest of the AL Central kept incredibly busy. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the current lineups for all of the AL Central teams and ranks them.
December 13, 2014 (0 comments)
It's finally the weekend! Happy Saturday! 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 Pirates inking Francisco Liriano, another closer is set to hang up his cleats, the Astros sign a pair of 'pen arms, and more.
December 12, 2014 (23 comments)
The Winter Meetings have officially ended! Who came out on top? 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 Matt Kemp heading to San Diego, Yoenis Cespedes landing in Detroit, Matt Latos being traded to the Marlins, and more!
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 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 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 (84 comments)
As the hot stove season heats up, it seems the Cleveland player eliciting the most decisive opinions is Jose Ramirez. Which raises the question: just what does Cleveland have in Jose Ramirez? Join Jim Piascik as he looks at what Ramirez has done as a major leaguer already, what he could be in the future, and whether or not trading him away this offseason makes sense for the organization.
December 9, 2014 (19 comments)
When the deal for Brandon Moss first started to break almost a week ago the IBI's Jeff Ellis half joked that most of the fans would hate the deal for a myriad of reasons: he is hurt, he has a low average and he isn’t a right-handed bat. Even when it is clearly an excellent addition at a low price, some people don't like it. In his latest, he does his best to convince some of the naysayers that he is a good fit with little given up to acquire him.
December 9, 2014 (19 comments)
The Winter Meetings are underway and the Hot Stove is heating up! 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 a trade that would bring Jeff Samardzija to the A.L. Central, the sweepstakes for Jon Lester is heading towards a close, the Cubs discussing a trade for Miguel Montero, and more.
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 (15 comments)
The Indians and Athletics completed a deal on Monday with the Athletics sending first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss to the Indians for Indians second base prospect Joey Wendle.
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 6, 2014 (11 comments)
The rumors continued on Friday about the Indians and Brandon Moss. Will something finally get done? 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 Cash being named the manager of the Rays, the Yankees inked a key bullpen arm and found their replacement for Derek Jeter, a team that's showing interest in Melky Cabrera, and more.
December 5, 2014 (36 comments)
The Indians may be on the verge of adding a big bat to the lineup as reports have circulated the past 48 hours that the Indians and Athletics have talked about a potential trade for Brandon Moss. After dealing Josh Donaldson last week, the next chip that the Athletics are flaunting is Moss. The Indians have built a good amount of depth in their farm system that could be used to make a deal like this happen and the IBI's Anthony Kaylor looks at whether he really is a good fit for the Indians.
December 5, 2014 (23 comments)
Happy Friday! 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 two remaining managerial candidates for the Rays, the Indians are close to a deal for Brandon Moss, an offer on the table for Chase Headley, and more.
December 4, 2014 (56 comments)
Word got out to the masses on Wednesday that the Indians and Athletics are talking about a potential Brandon Moss trade. This is a move that the IBI's Jeff Ellis has been talking about for weeks among the IBI offices and he cannot contain his level of excitement about a potential deal. He explains why such a deal would be one to embrace, how he can help the Indians, how he would fit and what it may take to acquire him.
December 4, 2014 (6 comments)
It’s been a very quiet offseason for the Indians so far which is not surprising considering the reality of their financial restrictions. The good news is their most notable free agent is 43-year old Jason Giambi, so they are returning a talented core of players and even if they don't make a move this offseason will have a good team next year. Over the past few days the Indians have come up in several different rumors and the IBI's Graydon Fox opines on some of the players the Indians have been linked to.