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October 29, 2014   (33 comments)
If the Indians shop Kipnis, here are four deals to consider
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)
Construction and new renovations ongoing at Progressive Field
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 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: October 28, 2014
Jordan Smith is slowly putting things together out in the Arizona Fall League. Jose Ramirez is just getting started out in the Dominican Republic. Louis Head has had better days coming out of the bullpen. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all of their performances and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
October 29, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: All tied up! Royals force Game 7 with blowout win
It all comes down to this. After seven months of games and thousands of games around the league, the Major League Baseball season will officially come to a close on Wednesday night when the Giants and Royals square off in Game 7 of the World Series. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps how the Royals evened the series up on Tuesday and also provides all the other news and notes from around the league...
October 28, 2014   (3 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Louis Head
The Indians have had a boom in recent years with relief prospects who have impacted in Cleveland or who have established themselves as legit relief prospects. What once was a big issue for the organization with developing their own bullpen prospects has turned into a pretty steady stream of talent in the big leagues and upper levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and spoke with another emerging bullpen prospect Louis Head who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.
October 28, 2014   (11 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: A healthy return for Kipnis
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   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 27, 2014
It is Halloween season, and Jesus Aguilar was back up to his old bag of tricks on Monday night out in Venezuela with a huge night offensively. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his stellar performance and recaps the showings from a half dozen other players in the Cleveland organization.
October 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: The search for a manager continues for Twins
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)
Tribe Happenings: Looking at the Indians true offseason needs
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)
2015 Indians Organizational Depth Chart
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 27, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: October 26, 2014
Yet another Cleveland Indians player made his winter ball debut on Sunday night, and it was another player on the 40-man roster and one expected to have a big part with the Indians in 2015. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around winter ball for the Indians and notes the debit for Jose Ramirez plus the performances from some other big Indians prospects.
October 27, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Giants close to within one win of another title
Madison Bumgarner and the Giants shut out the Royals on Sunday night 5-0 and are one win away from a World Series championship. Also, tragedy struck the baseball world on Sunday evening as word came about that young outfielder and phenom Oscar Tavares of the St. Louis Cardinals had died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides all the news and notes from the day...
October 26, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Columbus hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Columbus Clippers. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down the plethora of major league options who spent time in Columbus and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 26, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: All-Tony team
Today we wrap up the 2014 Tony Awards with the announcement of the All-Tony teams for 2014. These are the first, second and third teams as Tony sees them in the Cleveland Indians organization based on their performance this past year. Again, this is not a top prospect listing by position, but a listing based 100% on performance from the 2014 season.
October 26, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 25, 2014
Francisco Lindor has struggled some of late while Jordan Smith is starting to find his groove with the bat out in the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile, Jesus Aguilar is back in action and Giovanny Urshela continues to rake in Venezuela. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps those performances and more on Saturday throughout the winter leagues.
October 26, 2014   (3 comments)
Indians Rule 5 Draft Eligibles 2015 - 2018
On Thursday we posted the 2014 Rule 5 Draft eligibles for the Indians. Today we provide an up-to-date listing showing the outlook for Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles from 2015 - 2018. This is for every player in the organization. Every player signed before January 2014 and all 2014 Draft picks are included in the listing.
October 25, 2014   (4 comments)
Analyzing Cleveland’s draft history: A surprisingly decent 2003
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)
2014 Indians Major League and Minor League free agents
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   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 24, 2014
The Indians had several players in action throughout the world of fall and winter baseball on Friday night. Two big name players made their winter season debuts as Jesus Aguilar and Elvis Araujo made their presence immediately felt, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performances as well as all the rest of the Indians in action on Friday.
October 25, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Maddon opts out of Tampa Bay
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.