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.
October 29, 2014 (6 comments)
Not even a month into the offseason, Terry Francona already has his bullpen warming. On Tuesday, two excavators sat side-by-side on a mound of dirt in the area once called the Indians bullpen. Come next year, the section will house relievers from both the home and visiting teams, marking one of the several new changes at Progressive Field in 2015.
October 28, 2014 (11 comments)
Jason Kipnis' good 2013 season earned him a big contract extension earlier this season and it looked like he would be one of the key cogs to the lineup for years to come. But his performance went backwards this season and now the decision looks to be a regrettable one for the Tribe. For the Indians to take the next step next season and get back to the playoffs, the IBI's Hayden Grove believes getting Kipnis back on track and healthy is a big key.
October 28, 2014 (2 comments)
The weather in much of Northeast Ohio will be much warmer than normal on Tuesday. Is it making you miss going out to the ball park? 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 their continued search for a manager, which reliever could be a commodity this offseason, what could happen with Yoenis Cespedes, and more.
October 27, 2014 (31 comments)
With the World Series set to wrap up on Tuesday or Wednesday night, the official kickoff to the MLB Hot Stove season is set to get underway by this weekend. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the roster decisions looming for the Indians, looks at their payroll situation and what they can truly afford this offseason, and looks at their key needs for next season. He also provides his thoughts on the Mike Aviles decision and more.
October 27, 2014 (43 comments)
It's here.....the first Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2015 season from Cleveland all the way down to Low-A Lake County. These are projected opening day rosters for every team with the current players on hand throughout the organization, but this is of course the first draft as trades, free agent signings, waiver claims and player releases will have a ripple effect where players throughout the organization are projected to begin the 2015 season.
October 25, 2014 (4 comments)
An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft. But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball? Join Jim Piascik as he continues his series of analyzing Cleveland’s draft history with the 2003 draft, which turned out to be a surprisingly decent haul for the organization when compared to the rest of Major League Baseball.
October 25, 2014 (14 comments)
With the offseason already here for the Cleveland Indians and the official kickoff to the offseason just days after the conclusion of the World Series, it is time to start looking at the roster and who might return in 2014. Here is a list of the Major League and Minor League free agents throughout the organization, and more...
October 25, 2014 (2 comments)
The Royals took Game 3 of the World Series last night. Is momentum swinging in their favor? 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 Joe Maddon exercising his opt-out clause, what kind of contract Victor Martinez is looking for, the contract details of Andrew Friedman's deal with the Dodgers is released, and more.