November 24, 2014 (12 comments)
As sports salaries spiral out of control, and professional teams rack up the profits, the IBI's John Mast sees only one segment of the game taking the hit for the apparent success of a game that once was so accessible and meaningful. The fans. In his latest, John shares some thoughts on improving the relationship with the fans and bringing a generation back to the game.
November 23, 2014 (11 comments)
According to a report in the Arizona Republic, the Indians and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade where the Diamondbacks are sending right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer to the Indians for cash. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some quick thoughts on the trade, the reasoning behind it and who may be at risk of being removed from the roster.
November 21, 2014 (6 comments)
The Indians made their annual offseason 40-man roster adds on Thursday adding five players from their player development system in advance of the midnight roster deadline. Here are the thoughts from the IBI's Tony Lastoria on the decisions the Indians made to add those five players, a look at why each was added, who they left off that they may be most at risk of losing in the Rule 5 Draft, and much more.
November 20, 2014 (9 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has selected the contracts right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson, right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong, left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt, third baseman Giovanny Urshela and catcher Tony Wolters.
November 19, 2014 (26 comments)
Nick Swisher is a big name going around the hot stove lately, with reports out that Cleveland could be looking to move the soon-to-be 34-year-old in a bad contract-for-bad contract swap. But while many seem ready to move on from Swisher, such a trade may be premature. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down why the devil Cleveland knows in Swisher seems better than the ones they don’t on the trade market.
November 19, 2014 (30 comments)
On Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Indians are exploring a wide range of options on the trade market including a trade of Nick Swisher for another player with a bad contract.. This was not a surprising idea to the IBI's Jeff Ellis and he provides a few reasons why in his latest.
November 18, 2014 (0 comments)
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians signed right-handed pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor league contracts with invites to Major League spring training camp.
November 18, 2014 (13 comments)
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is almost here. With the Hot Stove season in full effect and teams already making big signings in free agency or completing blockbuster trades, the November roster deadline is a key date that is often overlooked. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at and provides insight on the players the Indians are considering adding from their player development system to the 40-man roster and protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
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.