December 28, 2012 (9 comments)
It was somewhat of a quiet week in the various winter leagues because of the Christmas holiday, but there is still plenty of action to recap. The round robin playoffs began in the Dominican Winter League on Thursday while the regular seasons will be ending on Sunday in both the Puerto Rican Winter League and the Venezuelan Winter League. Plus, Chun-Hsiu Chen completed a strong winter season in the Asia Winter Baseball League this past week. The IPI's Steve Orbanek has all the details in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 28, 2012 (4 comments)
The pending purchase of SportsTime Ohio by Fox Sports Ohio became official Friday as it was announced that FOX has purchased the Cleveland sports network for an estimated $230 million. FOX will now have the broadcast rights to Cleveland Indians games for the next 10 seasons, which is estimated to be worth around $400 million.
December 28, 2012 (15 comments)
Here is a listing of Cleveland Indians' players that were released or elected to voluntarily retire over the year. This listing along with all the rest of the final transactions will be located under the "Transactions" tab and under "2012" for easy reference in the future. Good luck to all of the players who have moved on from the organization!
December 28, 2012 (5 comments)
Carlos Santana looked like the Carlos Santana we all want to see in 2013 Thursday night, hitting a home run and drawing two walks. He was not the only Cleveland player making waves around the world, though, as Jose Ramirez, Ryan Battaglia, and others impressed. Join Jim Piascik as he checks in to the action last night and goes Around The Farm.
December 27, 2012 (0 comments)
Today we continue on with our seventh batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Alex Lavisky, Matt Lawson, Chia-Ching Lin, Francisco Lindor, Kieran Lovegrove, Jake Lowery, Jeremy Lucas, Luis Lugo, Zach MacPhee, and Josh Martin.
December 27, 2012 (5 comments)
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the left-handed relievers in the Indians system. At the moment, with the departure of Rafael Perez (designated for assignment) and Tony Sipp (traded), the Indians’ have limited internal options to fill a left-handed role in their Major League bullpen. Tony looks at all the left-handed relief options in the system all the way to the rookie level, and breaks down the future and potential for the likes of Scott Barnes, Eric Berger, Geoff Davenport, Nick Hagadone, Danny Jimenez, Francisco Jimenez, Kyle Petter, Edgar Pineda, J.D. Reichenbach and many others.
December 27, 2012 (17 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have had a bountiful holiday season thusfar, as the front office here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario has bullrushed the hot stove season and addressed several needs previously ignored. In past years, the moves made so far would be more than expected. This season, it really could be just the beginning. What's on tap over the next month? Join Jim Pete in his latest column...
December 26, 2012 (1 comments)
Today we continue on with our sixth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature T.J. House, Dillon Howard, Antwonie Hubbard, Daniel Jimenez, Francisco Jimenez, Jeff Johnson, Hunter Jones, Jairo Kelly, Corey Kluber, and Kyle Landis.
December 26, 2012 (19 comments)
The Indians have made two big trades and signed free agents Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds, all of which make for big changes not only on the field, but with their payroll for 2013. Tony takes a quick look at where the Indians' payroll is at after all the moves and what wiggle room - if any - the Indians have going forward.
December 26, 2012 (4 comments)
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with the latest edition of Then & Now. Steve looks at promising left-hander Giovanni Soto, who is coming off a strong 2012 season with the Akron Aeros. Steve looks back at Soto's career and also touches on how Soto may be able to impact the Major League team moving forward.
December 25, 2012 (0 comments)
It may be Christmas, but we continue with our fifth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Bo Greenwell, Harold Guerrero, Preston Guilmet, Eric Haase, Trey Haley, Todd Hankins, Louis Head, Jordan Henry, Tyler Holt, and Rafael Homblert.
December 25, 2012 (7 comments)
As we all get set to enjoy the company of family and friends on this Christmas holiday, we wanted to take a little time to give thanks and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In this collaboration piece, several IBI staff members explain why they love baseball and the Indians.
December 24, 2012 (1 comments)
Today we continue on with the fourth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Xavier De Los Santos, Luis DeJesus, Carlos Diaz, Juan Diaz, Paolo Espino, Evan Frazar, Anthony Gallas, Robel Garcia, Erik Gonzalez, and Michael Goodnight.
December 24, 2012 (16 comments)
Wow, what a crazy month it has been for the Indians. It feels like the winter meetings were two months ago when in fact they were just getting underway three weeks ago. Anyway, as we all get set to open our presents under the Christmas tree and spend time with family, the Indians unwrapped their big gift early signing free agent outfielder Nick Swisher yesterday to a big deal. Tony provides tons of thoughts and insight on the signing, and also looks at whether their offseason shopping is done and where they may go from here.
December 24, 2012 (11 comments)
The Cleveland Indians haven't made a lot of statements with regards to their approach during the 2012-2013 hot stove league, but they really haven't had to. Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona, and the rest of the Tribe brass have spearheaded a consistent effort to improve the foundation of the team. Jim Pete takes a look at that approach in the rearviewmirror, while also looking forward at the potential line-up that is emerging for Terry Francona in 2013.
December 24, 2012 (0 comments)
Most of the regular Indians had the night off, except for Andrew Campbell of the Australian League's Brisbane Bandits. Still, there were several former tribe-hands in action on Sunday Night. Join Jim Pete as he takes a look at the ghosts of Christmas past...or...well...the Indians past.
December 23, 2012 (15 comments)
The Indians camp is buzzing at the signing of Nick Swisher. As the news settles on the newest member of the Tribe, IPI's Jeff Ellis takes a closer look at the potential improvement. Is Swisher truly better than the player he replaced in Shin-Soo Choo? Join one of our best analysts as he takes a closer look at the advanced numbers, and whether or not the Indians truly did improve.
December 23, 2012 (16 comments)
Cleveland got itself an early Christmas present, as Nick Swisher agreed to sign with the team Sunday morning. As exciting as it is to see the biggest free agent contract in team history signed, such a deal does not come without risk. At 32, Swisher is more likely to get worse than better, meaning that contract could get ugly at the end. Jim Piascik analyzes the downside to the signing and what pressures that puts on 2013.
December 23, 2012 (24 comments)
With Christmas two days away, talk about putting a little something big in the stockings of Indians fans. The Cleveland Indians and free agent outfielder Nick Swisher have reportedly agreed to terms on a four year $56 million option. The contract also includes a vesting club option for 2017 for $14 million, which could bring the total contract to five years $70 million. Details after the jump...
December 23, 2012 (0 comments)
We will be posting lots of videos to the site over the next several days, and today we continue on with the third batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Leonardo Castillo, Chun Chen, Shao-Ching Chiang, Dwight Childs, Delvi Cid, Joseph Colon, Clayton Cook, Cole Cook, Jordan Cooper and Geoff Davenport.