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December 15, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 12/8/12-12/15/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
December 15, 2012   (9 comments)
Swisher to visit teams, Jackson market developing
The Nick Swisher and Edwin Jackson watch continues, and at the moment, an conclusion does not appear imminent. Swisher is said to be in no rush to sign with anyone and will spend next week visiting all the teams interested in signing him. Jackson does not appear close to signing with anyone, but that should change now that Anibal Sanchez resigned with the Tigers. The free agent spotlight is clearly on both Swisher and Jackson, and the Indians are in on both, but it remains remote they end up with either one.
December 15, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Transaction Rundown: Scrappers year in review
We continue our year end review of each team in the Indians organization with a look back at the player movement of the short season Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Every week up until December 21st we will look back at the roster movement over the past season for one club in the Cleveland Indians organization.
December 15, 2012   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 14, 2012
Numerous Indians were in action in all of the various winter leagues on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera scuffled for the first time this winter while Carlos Santana showed signs that he could be breaking out of his slump. Also, Mike McDade, Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia all stay hot at the plate. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
December 14, 2012   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Cabrera heats up
With all the news surrounding trades and free agents this past week, it's been easy to forget about all of the Indians that are still competing in the various winter leagues. Speaking of trades, former potential trade bait Asdrubal Cabrera made his debut in the VWL this week and has gotten off to a hot start. Ezequiel Carrera and Andrew Campbell also continue to impress for their respective clubs. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all of the week's action in this edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 14, 2012   (14 comments)
IPI Inbox: Should the Indians go all out for Swisher?
It has been awhile, and thanks to the nudging from some readers, we decided to dust off this old feature and bring it back to the site. Things with the Indians have been pretty busy of late and a lot of fans want to know what the Indians are up to. Tony answers questions from fans asking about their pursuit of Nick Swisher, what other options they should consider if they don't sign him, whether the reload approach is the right one, and lots more.
December 14, 2012   (2 comments)
Around The Farm: December 13, 2012
Many people took a holiday last night to enjoy the premiere of The Hobbit (yours truly included), but it was not a night of rest throughout the winter leagues. Luis Hernandez and Ezequiel Carrera continued their onslaught against Venezuelan League pitching, Asdrubal Cabrera kept showing why he is a great shortstop for Cleveland (or any other team) in 2013, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
December 13, 2012   (13 comments)
Swisher, Jackson market heats up
With Justin Hamilton, Ryan Dempster, and Anibal Sanchez all signing today, the free agent spotlight now shines on Nick Swisher and Edwin Jackson. The Indians have offers out to both and have been aggressive in their attempts to sign them, but other teams are interested and more could join the mix after the three big signings today.
December 13, 2012   (12 comments)
Indians need to explore further ways to improve rotation
No baseball adage rings truer than the saying ‘you can never have enough pitching.’ It may seem cliché, but not if you’re one of the many Cleveland Indians fans that watched your favorite team last season go seemingly full weeks without a quality start. The IPI's Michael Goodman makes his site debut with a look at the Indians starting rotation now and in the future, and what options they have to improve it.
December 13, 2012   (4 comments)
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Center Fielders
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the center fielders in the Indians system. The Indians have Michael Brantley and the newly acquired Drew Stubbs as current options at the big league level, but they have stockpiled some good prospects and depth at the position in their minor league system. Tony talks about the potential and future for the likes of Tyler Booth, Delvi Cid, Jordan Henry, Tyler Holt, D'Vone McClure, Tyler Naquin, Luigi Rodriguez, Logan Vick, LeVon Washington, and many others.
December 13, 2012   (18 comments)
10 prospects who could have a Major League impact in '13
Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti are off to a good start this offseason with reshaping the major league roster. To take this team from simply improved to playoff contention, though, some upgrades will need to come cheaply via the minor league system. As such, the growth of minor league players into major league contributors is a key to having successful teams in Cleveland. The IPI's Jim Piascik provides his list of ten prospects he thinks can help the team in 2013.
December 13, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 12, 2012
With both the Dominican Winter and Australian Baseball leagues off, it was somewhat of a slow night around the Indians farm system. There was still plenty of players in action though as Paolo Espino put together his best start so far this winter and Luis Hernandez built upon his already impressive winter. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the night's action as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 12, 2012   (11 comments)
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: An Agressive Tribe...
The Cleveland Indians 2012-2013 offseason is in full swing, and to say that Chris Antonetti has been active would be an understatement. With the Indians acquiring Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs in their latest move, it's clear that this isn't the same old Indians...and they aren't done. Join Jim Pete at the Corner of Carnegie, as he takes a look at the Indians new aggression....
December 12, 2012   (21 comments)
Digesting a Deal: What the deal means for the Indians
Wow, what a night for the Indians. They came away as big winners in the three-team trade last night that saw them pickup highly coveted pitching phenom Trevor Bauer. Tony chimes in with his thoughts on all the players in the deal, what may happen next for the Indians, what it means for a possible Perez or Cabrera trade, the immediate impact Francona has had on the organization, and lots more.
December 12, 2012   (8 comments)
Don't overlook the guys in the deal not named Bauer
Everyone loves the Trevor Bauer pickup for the Tribe, and it is obvious why. But the IPI's Jeff Ellis says not to sleep on the secondary pieces in this deal for the Indians. They were able to get four players in all who should play for the team next season and could all make the opening day roster.
December 12, 2012   (19 comments)
Trade analysis: Breaking down the Choo, Bauer trade
The Indians made a big trade on Tuesday night shipping out outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and three other players for right-handed starting pitching phenom Trevor Bauer, outfielder Drew Stubbs, and two Major League relievers. Charlie Adams chimes in with some great analysis of all the players the Indians gave up and received, and gives his thoughts on the big three-team nine player deal.
December 12, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 11, 2012
It was a quiet night in winter ball Tuesday with numerous leagues having the night off. However, some of the winter's top performers faced off in the Dominican Winter League All-Star Game, which pitted the Dominican's top performers against top performers from the Venezuelan Winter League. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 11, 2012   (19 comments)
Trevor Bauer - impact starting pitcher - coming to Cleveland
The Cleveland Indians acquired Trevor Bauer and three other players tonight as a part of a three-team nine player mega-trade involving outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The IPI's Jim Piascik has the scoop on what Bauer will bring to the team: a legit front of the rotation starting pitcher.
December 11, 2012   (22 comments)
Indians trade Choo to Reds, acquire Bauer and three others
The Indians have received right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer, right-handed pitcher Matt Albers, and right-handed pitcher Bryan Shaw from the Diamondbacks and outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds. To complete the deal the Indians sent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, infielder Jason Donald and cash considerations to the Reds, and sent left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson to the Diamondbacks.
December 11, 2012   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals 12/11: Trevor Bauer edition
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight for a special half hour edition from 11:00pm – 11:30pm EST. In tonight's special show, Tony Lastoria, Jim Pete, and Steve Orbanek will discuss the just completed mega three team nine-player deal that saw the Indians part with Shin-Soo Choo and add Trevor Bauer. They will discuss the specifics of the deal, what it means for the Indians, what they gained and lost, and what this may mean going forward.