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December 14, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: Performance-based rankings, #90 - #81
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 and the seasons in review finished, The WAR Room moves to ranking the top-100 prospects in 2014 based on performance. But instead of just listing based on pure performance, there is a twist to make the rankings more relevant. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part two, including a depth starter in Josh Tomlin, depth relievers like Austin Adams and Enosil Tejeda, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
December 14, 2014   (33 comments)
IBI making a big move to
Some big changes are coming to IBI in the coming weeks as effective January 1st the Indians Baseball Insider will officially be joining the network. IBI creator and editor-in-chief Tony Lastoria talks about the change, what it means, and where the IBI is going...
December 14, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 13, 2014
The offseason edition of Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at the performances by Indians players throughout the system in winter ball. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action in the Caribbean leagues with a look at two good performance from Jesus Aguilar and Anthony Gallas, and much more.
December 13, 2014   (25 comments)
Ranking the lineups in the AL Central
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   (11 comments)
Around the Farm: December 12, 2014
The winter league action keeps rolling along with regular season action starting to wrap up in several leagues by the end of this month. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night Around the Farm and notes the nice showing from Jesus Aguilar in Venezuela as well as other Indians players...
December 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Pirates announce re-signing of Liriano
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   (11 comments)
Bradley working hard on encore to his great pro debut
Power is a scarce resource throughout Major League Baseball. It is an age of offensive regression in the game, so when you have a young prospect in your system with the potential to impact with his power at the big league level someday it can be tough to control your excitement. That’s what the Indians have at the moment in first base prospect Bobby Bradley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently talked to him and discussed his pro debut and future.
December 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 11, 2014
It was a quiet night on the farm for Cleveland prospects, as the four players in action were mostly supporting actors in their games as opposed to the leads. That does not mean their performances were not interesting, however, Join Jim Piascik as he takes a look at Audy Ciriaco’s offseason to date, checks in on Anthony Gallas, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 12, 2014   (23 comments)
Storylines: Flurry of moves help to close Winter Meetings
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)
Winter Meetings Recap: Indians shopping list is short
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 11, 2014   (40 comments)
2014 Rule 5 Draft: Live blog
The annual Rule 5 Draft is today at 12pm ET and will signal the unofficial end of the winter meetings in San Diego. The Indians have a full 40-man roster so will not select anyone, but they have a few players who might get selected in the Major League phase. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the last minute details on the draft and will update the picks as they happen (or don't).
December 11, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 10, 2014
The Rule 5 draft takes place today, and while no Cleveland player is guaranteed to be drafted, the name on people’s lips is Giovanni Soto. The left-hander got one more chance to show other teams what he can do Wednesday night, making another start down in Puerto Rico. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Soto’s start and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 11, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Dodgers make waves at Winter Meetings
The Dodgers stole the show at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday with a series of moves to change the makeup of their roster by making three trades and one free agent signing. The net result was a new rotation member and All Star keystone combination. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their big day and all the other signings, trades and rumors from San Diego.
December 10, 2014   (14 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Indians showing interest in Rios
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 10, 2014   (16 comments)
The Rule 5 Draft: An 11 year look back
The Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday afternoon in San Diego at the tail end of the Winter Meetings. What kind of players are typically drafted and what levels do they come from? What positions are the primary focus of the draft and what positions rarely get selected? The IBI's Jeff Ellis chimes in with his yearly Rule 5 Draft review where he analyzes all that and more...
December 10, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 9, 2014
The winter ball season continued on Tuesday as several Indians players were in action out in the various Caribbean leagues. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night from Indians players such as Anthony Gallas, Roberto Perez, Audy Ciriaco and others.
December 10, 2014   (24 comments)
Storylines: Lester deciding between Cubs and Red Sox
There were a few free agents signings and a few notable trades on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. The IBI''s Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from a relatively quiet day around winter ball. He provides updates on several notable free agent signs, a few trades and all of the other news of the day.
December 9, 2014   (11 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: All quiet on the western front
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)
So what does Cleveland have in Jose Ramirez?
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)
Numbers show Moss to be a good fit with the Indians
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.