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December 11, 2012   (10 comments)
Then & Now: Chris McGuiness
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with the latest edition of Then & Now. Steve looks this week at Chris McGuiness, who was selected in last week's Rule 5 Draft by the Indians. McGuiness has had a solid minor league career, but what does the future hold for the 24-year-old left-handed hitter? Does he have a chance at sticking with the Tribe? Steve reviews McGuiness' career after the jump.
December 11, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 10, 2012
All the winter leagues were off last night either because no games were scheduled or they were postponed. With no games, Tony provides an "ATF Six-Pack" and takes a quick look at six players of interest. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is still playing even in the midst of trade rumors, first baseman Mike McDade could be on the chopping block with the recent pickup of Mark Reynolds, and more.
December 10, 2012   (2 comments)
Coach's Corner '12: Tony Arnold
The IPI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and have a conversation with former Double-A Akron pitching coach and new Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Tony Arnold about some of the pitchers he had at Akron this past season. They talked about the strides made by the likes of T.J. House, Trey Haley, Preston Guilmet, Rob Bryson, Shawn Armstrong, Danny Salazar, Brett Brach, Toru Murata and others.
December 10, 2012   (34 comments)
Was Mark Reynolds the right move?
The Indians made their first major signing of the offseason last night as the team inked first baseman Mark Reynolds to a one-year deal worth $6 million. Reynolds certainly fills some glaring holes for the Indians, but he is not without his flaws as well. Was Reynolds the right signing for the Tribe? The IPI's Steve Orbanek ponders after the jump.
December 10, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 9, 2012
Andrew Campbell continued his Australian League dominance with a two-hit performance that extended his hit streak to eight ballgames. Asdrubal Cabrera followed up his two-hit, winter league debut with a two-hit, winter league follow up. Joseph Colon and Giovanni Soto were the two Cleveland Indians' representatives in the Puerto Rican Winter League All-Star game, and they didn't disappoint. Check out another edition of Around the Farm.
December 9, 2012   (16 comments)
Indians agree to terms on Reynolds, out on Youkilis
According to several reports, the Indians have agreed to a deal with free agent third baseman/first baseman Mark Reynolds pending a physical. It is being reported that the terms of the deal are a one year deal for $6 million with an additional $1.5 million in incentives.
December 9, 2012   (7 comments)
Tribe Happenings: It's time for the Indians to seal the deal
It was quite a busy week for the Indians in the winter meetings out in Nashville. They did not come away from the meetings making any signings or trades, but the foundation was more than laid on a lot of deals. They missed out on a few players they wanted to sign and they have a few deals on the table to some others, and Tony says it is time to seal the deal and get some of these signings and trades to go through to help change the perception of the team not only for the fans, but the players, agents and teams around the league. All that and more in today's Happenings...
December 9, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 8, 2012
The rumors for a potential trade of Asdrubal Cabrera are at a premium right now. In the meantime, the Tribe shortstop made his winter league debut on Saturday night, and showcased a bit of the offense that is making him such a hot commodity. Carlos Santana also broke out of a prolonged slump with three hits of his own. Join Jim Pete for Saturday Night's edition of Around the Farm...
December 8, 2012   (8 comments)
Then & Now: Trey Haley
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with this week's edition of Then & Now. Steve looks at right-hander Trey Haley this week, who just completed his fifth season in the Indians system. Haley arguably possesses the best fastball in the Indians system, but will high walk totals prevent Haley from ever making a Major League impact? Steve looks back at Haley's career after the jump.
December 8, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 12/1/12-12/8/12
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 8, 2012   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: December 7, 2012
It was a busy night Friday in the various winter leagues. Jeanmar Gomez made his second appearance in the VWL while Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Mike McDade all recorded his for their respective clubs. Plus, Andrew Campbell continues to put up impressive numbers in the ABL. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
December 7, 2012   (3 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Farewell Rondon
While much of the news centered around the MLB Winter Meetings this week, Indians players continue to hone their craft in the various winter leagues. In this week's Winter Ball Notebook, the IPI's Steve Orbanek touches on the selection of VWL standout Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft as well as slumping slugger Carlos Santana. Plus, Steve takes a look at Luis Hernandez's brilliant winter and reviews the winter statistics of the player the Indians selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
December 7, 2012   (14 comments)
Winter Meetings Wrap: Swisher, Youkilis are top targets
The winter meetings are over and everyone has gone home. The Indians were very active on the free agent and trade fronts, but were unable to come away from the meetings with any new acquisitions in tow. But the offseason continues on, and the Indians are clearly looking to sign both Nick Swisher and Kevin Youkilis and trade Asdrubal Cabrera.
December 7, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Transaction Rundown: Captains Year in Review
The Winter Meetings are over but our look back at the past season's player movement is still going strong. Join Arthur Kinney as he looks back at the past season's transactions in Low-A Lake County. Every Friday between today and December 21st we will look back at the roster movement over the past season for one club in the Cleveland Indians organization.
December 7, 2012   (2 comments)
Around The Farm: December 6, 2012
The Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 Draft may be over, but the Winter League action is still rolling along. Now former Cleveland prospect Hector Rondon made his nominal debut for the Cubs, but he is still in our hearts here at IPI, along with players like Paolo Espino, Luis Hernandez, Rob Bryson, Giovanni Soto, and more. To catch up on all the action from last night, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
December 6, 2012   (21 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Cabrera trade talks are fluid
Day four of the winter meetings is almost in the books. The news and rumors are winding down as people have already began departing Nashville, but the activity should continue through most of the rest of today. The Indians appear out of the blockbuster deal that centered around Justin Upton going to Texas, but they are still wheeling and dealing with trade talks on Cabrera. A decision on Kevin Youkilis could also be near, and lots more.
December 6, 2012   (8 comments)
2012 Scouting Reports: Hector Rondon and T.J. McFarland
The Indians lost left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland and right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft today. Here are the 2012 scouting reports that were posted to the site and published in the 2012 Indians Prospect Insider book back in February.
December 6, 2012   (11 comments)
2012 Rule 5 Draft: Live blog
The 2012 Rule 5 Draft kicks off today at 10:00am ET. The Indians have an open spot on the 40-man roster, so while they are not expected to select anyone they have the ability to do so. Also, there are a few interesting players that the Indians left unprotected who could be selected. Follow this running blog as the draft commences over the next hour to see who the Indians possibility select or lose in the draft.
December 6, 2012   (2 comments)
Winter Meetings Update: Is Cabrera finally moved today?
Here are some quick notes and news bits connected to the Indians coming out of Nashville as day four of the winter meetings gets underway today. The convoluted and crazy three or four team deal between the Indians, Rangers, Diamondbacks and other teams continues to dominate the news, and it appears momentum is being gained to get a deal done. Either way, it looks like Asdrubal Cabrera is not going to be an Indian for very much longer.
December 6, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 5, 2012
Indians players were at it again in the various winter leagues on Wednesday night. Luis Hernandez continues to impress with every plate appearance, and one has to wonder if the infielder could be more than your average minor league signing. Plus, Carlos Santana continues to scuffle in the DWL. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.