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December 1, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: November 30, 2014
With the calendar now flipping to December (!!) the winter ball regular season moves into the final month of play. With that we are going to see some familiar faces drop out and some new faces pop up over the next few weeks. One player who has popped onto the scene is fast rising shortstop prospect Erik Gonzalez started playing this past weekend in the Dominican Winter League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his showing as well as everyone else in the Indians system on Sunday...
December 1, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Hart says Upton, Gattis are staying put
While there were no big signings or blockbuster trades on Sunday, there was a lot of news throughout baseball. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from the final day of November as it is the calm before the storm next weekend when the Winter Meetings start...
November 30, 2014   (6 comments)
The WAR Room: Performance-based rankings, the introduction
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 introduces the rankings and gives his honorable mentions in the latest edition of The WAR Room.
November 30, 2014   (1 comments)
Around The Farm:  November 29, 2014
Carlos Moncrief continues to play well out in Venezuela this offseason. He's a potential key piece to the Indians in the very near future as he has the profile to be an everyday option in right field for them by the end of next season. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his night and all the other Indians playing winter ball...
November 30, 2014   (6 comments)
Storylines: Could Samardzija go to the White Sox?
The Browns play in Buffalo this afternoon! Will they keep their playoff hopes alive? 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 possibility of Jeff Samardzija becoming a member of the Chicago White Sox, what the Athletics could do to fill their need at shortstop, a possible trade partner with the Indians, and more.
November 29, 2014   (14 comments)
Would Justin Upton be a good fit for the Indians?
This past week in Major League Baseball we have seen some big signings with Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez and Adam LaRoche going to new teams. Also, there is lots of trade buzz around the league, and one that is particularly interesting to the IBI's Sam Camp is Justin Upton. He talks about how he would like to see the Indians acquire Upton and fortify the middle of their lineup.
November 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 28, 2014
Several Indians players were in action across five different offseason winter leagues on Friday night. Recently resigned infielder Audy Ciriaco had a nice night in the Dominican Republic, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his night as well as the rest of the Indians contingent...
November 29, 2014   (49 comments)
Storylines: Donaldson sent to Blue Jays in blockbuster
The blockbuster moves continue this offseason as the Athletics and Blue Jays completed a huge deal on Friday evening relocating star third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto in exchange for four players. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the deal and runs down all of the other news and notes from the day...
November 28, 2014   (25 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Add a free agent duo
So far in his offseason series, the IBIs Hayden Grove has concentrated on keeping things within the Indians organization. All of the necessary steps he has outlined for the Indians to make a run at the 2015 World Series have involved players currently under contract with the Indians in one way or another. But all of that changes in today's piece as he shifts his focus toward a few players outside the organization which he things can help them next season.
November 28, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 27, 2014
Most of the Cleveland minor leaguers playing in winter ball got Thanksgiving off yesterday, with no scheduled action in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. Every player in Venezuela and Australia got a day off as well, leaving only Tim Fedroff in action. Join Jim Piascik as he checks in on the outfielder and takes you on a Fedroff-focused trip Around the Farm.
November 28, 2014   (7 comments)
Indians finding nontraditional ways to add help with draft
A few weeks ago some interesting Indians news broke which kind of flew under the radar. It is rare when the Indians make a high profile addition and no one notices, but then again, I guess high profile is relative when it comes to the world of the MLB Draft. The IBI's Jeff Ellis talks about some of the recent hires the Indians have made from Baseball America and what it means for their draft approach.
November 27, 2014   (10 comments)
Analyzing Cleveland’s draft history: Success, then failure in 2002
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 2002 draft, another surprisingly decent draft class that was messed up down the road, not on the day of the draft itself.
November 27, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: November 26, 2014
Given how short the season is in the offseason leagues -- and the absence of other baseball for us to pay attention to -- it is easy to overreact to small sample sizes. Such is the case with Jose Ramirez, who is having a rough go in the Dominican this offseason. Join Jim Piascik as he looks into whether this appears to be a fluke or a trend, writes about Jesus Aguilar's return to action, and checks in on the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 27, 2014   (36 comments)
Storylines: Tomas signs with Diamondbacks
Happy Thanksgiving! While everyone gets set to gobble down some turkey it is time to recap all the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday. The Indians are looking for some bats, the Yasmany Tomas show has arrived in Arizona, several shortstops are being coveted in the trade market, and much more. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps it all...
November 26, 2014   (10 comments)
Robinson brings tons of confidence, potential to Indians
Jared Robinson is about as confident a pitcher as you will find in the Indians minor league system. Selected in the 11th round out of this year’s draft out of Cerritos Junior College in California, the just turned 20-year old right-handed pitcher combines supreme confidence and some good stuff to get results on the mound. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down to talk to him about his pro debut and future as an Indian.
November 26, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: November 25, 2014
Between the end of the AFL season and injuries, the Indians players participating in offseason winter ball action has dropped considerably over the past week. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action Around the Farm on Tuesday night and notes the performances from Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez and others.
November 26, 2014   (18 comments)
Storylines: Indians one of several teams interested in Headley
The Indians are considering a lot of options this offseason with changing the roster to improve it for next season. One thing they are considering is going outside the organization for help at third base both offensively and defensively, and apparently they have a good amount of interest in free agent Chase Headley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the Headley news and runs down all the news and rumors from around baseball on Tuesday.
November 25, 2014   (29 comments)
Cespedes would be a near perfect fit for the Indians
A lot of attention is on the Red Sox at the moment after their blockbuster free agent signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on Monday. The Red Sox are still looking to add more pieces through free agency, but suddenly the focus around baseball is who they may trade in the wake of their spending spree. With a surplus of outfielders there is talk they may trade Yoenis Cespedes, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes he would be a perfect fit for the Indians.
November 25, 2014   (15 comments)
Under the radar free agent options for the Indians
The hot stove league is already warm and is only going to get hotter. While Indians fans would like to see the front office add a big bat like Nelson Cruz or a front line starting pitcher like Jon Lester or James Shields, the chances of that happening are very remote. With that in mind the IBI's Sam Camp takes a look at some free agent pitchers and position players who may fit what the Indians are looking for this offseason.
November 25, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: November 24, 2014
Monday is typically a slow night around winter ball since each league just has a smattering of games. Even with the light schedule, the Indians had a few players in action and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm to talk about catcher Roberto Perez's big night and more.