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November 5, 2014   (6 comments)
Projected arbitration salaries released for Indians players 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   (5 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace
In this week’s first offseason edition of “Coach’s Corner”, a piece that will run every Wednesday for the next several weeks, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace out in Arizona and talk about some Indians players participating in the Arizona Fall League, other winter ball leagues and from his Akron team this past season. They talked about the exciting year defensive strides from Tyller Naquin and Tony Wolters, the struggles of Jordan Smith, Cody Anderson and Joe Wendle, how close Will Roberts and Shawn Armstrong may be to the big leagues, and much more.
November 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 4, 2014
All of the winter leagues were back in action on Tuesday and the Indians once again had several players in action. Players like Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar, and Giovanny Urshela continue to get regular playing time, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney talks about their performances as well as several others in his trip Around the Farm...
November 5, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Indians lock up Francona through 2020
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)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Establish some arms behind Kluber
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   (5 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Nick Maronde
Back on July 12th the Indians made a small trade to acquire left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde from the Angels for cash. It was not a headline making trade, but it is one that could help the Indians pitching depth in 2015. After a tough year in the Angels system, he regrouped with the Indians this season and is pitching in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to him about his season and his trade to the Indians...
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   (24 comments)
Around the Farm: November 3, 2014
It was a light night on Monday across the Indians system as only a handful of players were in action. Monday is a typical off day in the Caribbean Leagues, though a few games were still played. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm to recap the action, and he notes some good showings from the likes of Francisco Lindor, Grant Sides and Tyler Naquin.
November 4, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Twins tab Molitor as next manager
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)
Tribe Happenings: A realistic assessment of the Indians needs
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)
Kang looks like this year's top international prize for MLB teams
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   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: November 2, 2014
Tyler Naquin had his first really good game in the Dominican Winter League, Giovanni Soto continues to rack up zeroes in the Puerto Rico Winter League and Giovanny Urshela continues to play well out in the Venezuela Winter League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performances as well as several others as he takes us Around the Farm in winter ball on Sunday....
November 3, 2014   (12 comments)
Storylines: Indians could chase Morse or Ludwick
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 2, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Scrappers pitchers 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 Mahoning Valley Scrappers. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down the progress of a bunch of 2014 draft picks, checking in on starters like Sean Brady and Kieran Lovegrove, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
November 2, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Young position players bring promise
This is the second part of the two-part 2014 Indians Instructional League wrapup here at the IBI. The first part covered the arms that the IBI's Tony Lastoria saw and provided lots of information and insight into what was an impressive collection of arms in Arizona. This piece focuses in on the position players, a place where the Indians also have an abundant amount of talent, and Tony provides all kinds of news, insight and more info on players like Bradley Zimmer, Bobby Bradley, Yu-Cheng Chang, Li- Jen Chu, Mike Papi and lots more.
November 2, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: November 1, 2014
The calendar flipped to November on Saturday, and the clocks flipped back an hour overnight thanks Daylight Savings Time. It was a full slate of action on Saturday as Indians were in action throughout the winter ball landscape around the world, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performances from the day...
November 1, 2014   (4 comments)
Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Chicago White Sox
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   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: October 31, 2014
With all of the five winter leagues in action that have Indians players participating, the winter season season is in full bloom. Several Indians players debuted on Friday night, including Anderson Polanco and Giovanni Soto, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performances as well as many others....
November 1, 2014   (10 comments)
Storylines: Cubs fire Renteria, hire Maddon
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.