December 16, 2014 (13 comments)
Getting the itch 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 Yankees re-signing Chase Headley, the Royals making another splash in free agency, the Dodgers make a risky signing, and more.
December 15, 2014 (19 comments)
It’s not really a big issue at the moment, but the Indians have a very interesting battle brewing among three players for two spots in the middle infield. While Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis are set to open the 2015 season as the Indians keystone combination, top prospect Francisco Lindor is expected to change all of that a month or two into the season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the three and how they fit into things at the moment...
December 15, 2014 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed free agents catcher Brett Hayes, outfielder Destin Hood, catcher Adam Moore and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to Major League camp.
December 15, 2014 (25 comments)
The annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings took place this offseason in San Diego last week and most of the biggest moves just happened to be made inside the American League Central division. In what was already a competitive division in 2014 in which three of the five teams finished eight games above .500 or better, all five teams made moves to better themselves in 2015 and beyond. The IBIs Kevin Sledz takes a look at each team and what they did in the past week…
December 15, 2014 (4 comments)
The Dominican Winter League season wraps up in a week. A lot of Indians participants have already gone home, but some who have been there all season and not had much playing time may get a chance to play more now that their team is out of playoff contention. One of those players is Ronny Rodriguez, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his night and the rest of the Indians in winter ball on Sunday.
December 15, 2014 (3 comments)
While the Winter Meetings have been over for a few days, the free agents continue to come off the board. More moves and trades should be announced this week as teams and players look to lock up key roster decisions before the holidays. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news from Sunday including the White Sox making yet another offseason splash....
December 14, 2014 (0 comments)
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)
Some big changes are coming to IBI in the coming weeks as effective January 1st the Indians Baseball Insider will officially be joining the Scout.com 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.