IBI Digest: 12/29/12-1/5/13
First, a big Happy New Year to all IBI readers! I hope you sent out the old year in style and are sticking strong to your New Year's resolutions.
Things were not quiet here at IBI over the holiday, as Brett Myers agreed to come to Cleveland and the winter ball season kept rolling along. As always, IBI had you covered on every move out of Cleveland, keeping you up-to-date on everything you need to know.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
Tribe Happenings: So what's next for the Indians?: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at how the team can follow up the Nick Swisher signing, what the sale of STO to Fox Sports means, and much more.
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' First Baseman of All-Time: Jim Pete rolls out his second power poll of the offseason, deciding between Hal Trosky, Andre Thornton, Mike Hargrove, and Jim Thome, among others, to decide who is the best Cleveland first baseman of all-time.
Around The Farm: December 30, 2012: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a three-hit night from Jose Ramirez, powerful showings from Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia, and more.
The Dark Side of the Moon: A 2012 Cleveland Indians review: Jim Piascik sums up the 2012 Cleveland baseball season, using Pink Floyd's seminal album The Dark Side of the Moon as a template.
New Year's resolutions for the Indians in 2013: All of us here at Indians Baseball Insider wished you a Happy New Year, while also giving our resolutions for the team in 2013.
Indians begin New Year by signing Brett Myers: Jim Pete writes the breaking news piece about the newest Cleveland starting pitcher, Brett Myers, who agreed to terms on New Year's Day.
Brett Myers at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete analyzes the Brett Myers signing, wonders about reports that the team is interested in Shaun Marcum as well, gives New Year's resolutions for various members of the organizations, and much more.
Site Update: New URL is now in effect: Tony Lastoria updates you on the site officially changing from Indians Prospect Insider to Indians Baseball Insider.
Breaking down the Myers signing and what happens next: Tony Lastoria gives his analysis of the Brett Myers signing and all the implications of it for the team.
Indians claim Canzler, designate Gomez for assignment: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on Cleveland claiming Russ Canzler on waivers and designating Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.
Around The Farm: January 2, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including hits from Ezequiel Carrera and Asdrubal Cabrera in the first game of the Venezuelan League playoffs, and more.
Myers signing is latest evidence of new approach: Steve Orbanek looks at how the Brett Myers signing fits into the new aggressive approach the front office has used this offseason to finally fill holes that have plagued the roster for years.
Smoke Signals 1/3: The Hot Stove League Edition: In a special edition of Smoke Signals, Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete discuss the surprisingly active offseason in Cleveland and look at the moves that could still be in store for the rest of the offseason.
Indians officially sign Swisher, designate Neal: Tony Lastoria updates you after Nick Swisher's introductory press conference and Thomas Neal being designated for assignment to make room on the roster.
Around The Farm: January 3, 2013: Jim Piascik recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a multi-hit effort from Andrew Campbell, another hit from Jose Ramirez (no shock), and more.
The Swisher Press Conference: Why it was Important: Jeff Ellis reacts to the Nick Swisher press conference and the new sense of hope and excitement that came with it.
Winter Ball Notebook: Playoffs rage on: In his weekly offseason notebook, Steve Orbanek looks at the playoff action in the winter leagues, including the durability of Juan Diaz and Ezequiel Carrera, how hot Andrew Campbell has been in Australia this offseason, and much more.
Indians officially sign Myers, designate Canzler: Tony Lastoria updates you on the Brett Myers signing becoming official and the newly re-acquired Russ Canzler being designated for assignment.
Number show Myers could be a solid addition for Indians: Jeff Ellis delves deep into the numbers to see whether Brett Myers is really worth the $7 million the front office gave him to come to Cleveland.
Friends of the Feather
Nick Swisher's dad is happy that son is a Cleveland Indian: Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer looks at Nick Swisher's father, former major league player and minor league manager Steve Swisher, and how his past with Terry Francona influenced Nick's free agent decision.
Swisher signing could change Tribe's fortunes: Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes about how the culture in Cleveland could be officially undergoing a fundamental shift with Nick Swisher in tow.
Things for You to Know About Brett Myers: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs gives some in-depth statistics and analysis of the pitcher known as Brett Myers.
Myers a savvy move for Indians: Richard Justice of MLB.com opines that despite Brett Myers' mouth and attitude problems, Cleveland made a solid decision to add him to the rotation.
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