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IPI Digest: 12/1/12-12/8/12

IPI Digest: 12/1/12-12/8/12
IPI Digest
December 8, 2012
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Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona, and company are all home again after a hectic Winter Meetings, and IPI kept you up-to-date on all the rumors and whispers that came out of Nashville. IPI also kept you informed on the action in the minor league system and the winter ball leagues, as they continued playing throughout the week.


Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:

Subscription Pieces

2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Third Basemen: Tony Lastoria continues his position-by-position look at each player in the system by analyzing the third baseman, ranking them as either top prospects, on deck, up and comers, organizational soldiers, or filling in.

Coach's Corner '12: Dave Wallace: Tony Lastoria recently talked to 2012 Lake County Captains manager Dave Wallace, discussing Jose Ramirez's breakout season, Jake Lowery's turnaround, Francisco Lindor's perspective, and much more.

2012 Rule 5 Draft preview: Tony Lastoria takes a look at the players eligible for the Rule 5 draft and gives the chances that they will be selected by another team.

Regular Content


Offseason Spotlight '12: Jeremie Tice: Stephanie Metzger recently interviewed outfielder Jeremie Tice, who talked about succeeding in the Carolina League, the importance of making adjustments, the injury that sidelined him in 2012, and more.


Around The Farm: December 1, 2012: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Rob Bryson's surprising consistency, Roberto Perez's offensive growth, Hector Rondon's continued success, and more.

Tribe Happenings: Indians should be very active in Nashville: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria previews the Winter Meetings and what to expect, looks back at the non-tender decisions, comments on Mark Shapiro's recent remarks, and more.


Around The Farm: December 2, 2012: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including more hits from Jose Ramirez, a big night from Manny Ramirez, and more.

Buyer's Guide: Names the Indians could target at meetings: Jim Piascik takes a look at players who could interest Cleveland in free agency, trades, and non-tenders in advance of the Winter Meetings.

Winter Meetings Update: Indians continue to wheel and deal: Tony Lastoria gives a quick update of how the first day of the Winter Meetings went, including the developing Asdrubal Cabrera market.

Winter Meetings Recap: Indians chasing Victorino, Youkilis: Tony Lastoria gives the full recap for the day, including more on Asdrubal Cabrera and rumblings on the free agent market.


Around The Farm: December 3, 2012: Tony Lastoria recaps the night in the winter leagues, a quiet night that included only one Cleveland player in action.

Is Asdrubal Cabrera another Carlos Baerga in the making?: Jeff Ellis looks at a famous player of the 90s, Carlos Baerga, and wonders if Asdrubal Cabrera is headed toward the same drop-off that hit Baerga.

Winter Meeting Update: Youkilis targeted? Cabrera gone?: Tony Lastoria updates you on the Winter Meetings, including more Asdrubal Cabrera trade talk, the Kevin Youkilis market heating up, and more.

Winter Meetings Recap: Victorino deal appears close: Tony Lastoria gives the full recap for the day, including the day's developments on the Asdrubal Cabrera front, the aggressiveness on Shane Victorino, and more.

Winter Meetings Update: Indians, D'Backs working on deal?: Steve Orbanek continues to update the action from the Winter Meetings, including developments with the Diamondbacks and Shane Victorino.


Around The Farm: December 4, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including great nights from Jose Ramirez and Juan Diaz, strong outings from Matt Langwell and Joseph Colon, and more.

Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: Free agency in a tough market: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie & Ontario, Jim Pete looks at what seems to be a new direction from the front office and analyzes the Winter Meetings so far.

Winter Meetings Update: Bay decision with Indians near?: Tony Lastoria gives a quick update from the Winter Meetings, including the obligatory Asdrubal Cabrera notes, where the Jason Bay market stands, and more.

Winter Meetings Recap: Indians interest in Swisher heats up: Tony Lastoria recaps another day at the Winter Meetings, including the team's attention shifting to Nick Swisher and Kevin Youkilis, the trade markets for Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Perez, and more.


Around The Farm: December 5, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a hot Luis Hernandez, a consistent effort from Jose Ramirez, and more.

Winter Meetings Update: Is Cabrera finally moved today?: Tony Lastoria gives an update on the final day of the Winter Meetings, including developments on the free agent market and the Asdrubal Cabrera trade front.

2012 Rule 5 Draft: Live blog: Tony Lastoria live blogged the Rule 5 Draft, giving instant reaction to Cleveland's selection and the two players lost.

2012 Scouting Reports: Hector Rondon and T.J. McFarland: In the aftermath of their selection in the Rule 5 Draft, Tony Lastoria offers the pre-2012 scouting reports for Hector Rondon and T.J. McFarland that appeared in the 2012 Indians Prospect Insider book before the season.

Winter Meetings Recap: Cabrera trade talks are fluid: Tony Lastoria recaps the final day of the Winter Meetings, including where team executives left the Asdrubal Cabrera trade talks after leaving Nashville, Cleveland's interest in Dee Gordon, and more.


Around The Farm: December 6, 2012: Jim Piascik recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a strong outing from Paolo Espino, another impressive night for Luis Hernandez, and more.

2012 Transaction Rundown: Captains Year in Review: Arthur Kinney continues his series looking at every transaction made by each of the minor league teams, this time focusing on the Lake County Captains.

Winter Meetings Wrap: Swisher, Youkilis are top targets: Tony Lastoria gives his final look-back on the Winter Meetings, including where Cleveland stands with their two biggest free agent desires, more on the Asdrubal Cabrera trade market, and more.

Winter Ball Notebook: Farewell Rondon: Steve Orbanek gives his weekly winter ball notebook, in which he delves into Hector Rondon's departure, Carlos Santana's struggles, Luis Hernandez's hot season to date, and more.


Around The Farm: December 7, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a dominant start from Jeanmar Gomez, continued success from Rob Bryson and Matt Langwell, and more.

Friends of the Feather

Cleveland Indians close to selling SportsTime Ohio TV network: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer breaks down the STO sale and what we know now about what it means for the future.

GM Chris Antonetti won't close door on Grady Sizemore after latest knee surgery: Winter Meetings Insider: Paul Hoynes of The PD gives some insight from the GM on Grady Sizemore's future in Cleveland, along with other notes from the Winter Meetings.

Busy Tribe lays foundation for rest of offseason: Jordan Bastian of talks with GM Chris Antonetti as he recaps the Winter Meetings and looks ahead to the rest of the offseason.

With offers out to Youk and Swish, Tribe holds tight: Jordan Bastian of profiles the two free agents, Kevin Youkilis and Nick Swisher, that Cleveland is currently pursuing.

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

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