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IPI Digest: 12/8/12-12/15/12

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December 15, 2012
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It was a busy week here at IPI as we kept you up-to-date on all the breaking news on the free agent market, the Shin-Soo Choo/Trevor Bauer trade, and of course, the numerous minor leaguers playing winter ball throughout the world.

As Tony announced that IPI will become Indians Baseball Insider shortly, you can count on the future IBI to continue to keep you informed on everything from the big league club and all the way down minor leagues.

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

Subscription Pieces

Coach's Corner '12: Tony Arnold: Tony Lastoria recently talked with 2012 Akron Aeros pitching coach (who was recently promoted to Columbus), discussing how T.J. House has matured as a prospect, Trey Haley's chances at returning to the starting rotation, what makes Preston Guilmet so devastating in the closer role, and much more.

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

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

Regular Content


Then & Now: Trey Haley: In his ongoing series Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Trey Haley, who has gone from high-powered flameout to high-impact reliever over the past year.


Around The Farm: December 8, 2012: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including big nights from Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana, a strong showing from Asdrubal Cabrera, and more.

Tribe Happenings: It's time for the Indians to seal the deal: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at the new aggressiveness the front office has shown this offseason, notes the team's increased efforts in signing players out of Japan, analyzes the Rule 5 Draft, and more.

Indians agree to terms on Reynolds, out on Youkilis: Tony Lastoria gives his instant reaction to the news that Mark Reynolds will be Cleveland's first baseman in 2013.


Around The Farm: December 9, 2012: Jim Pete recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Ronny Rodriguez's debut, Andrew Campbell's continued success in Australia, and more.

Was Mark Reynolds the right move?: Steve Orbanek analyzes Cleveland's first big move of the offseason, the addition of Mark Reynolds, looking at the pros and cons of the signing.


Around The Farm: December 10, 2012: With no games in the winter leagues last night, Tony Lastoria gives an impromptu ATF Six-Pack, looking at where six players are doing so far in the offseason.

Then & Now: Chris McGuiness: In his ongoing series, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Chris McGuiness, the 2012 Arizona Fall League MVP who was recently selected by Cleveland in the Rule 5 Draft.

Indians, Reds deep in talks regarding Shin-Soo Choo trade: Tony Lastoria live-updated the Shin-Soo Choo trade as it happened Tuesday night, giving you up-to-the-second updates on how the situation unfolded.

Smoke Signals 12/11: Trevor Bauer edition: Tony Lastoria, Jim Pete, and Steve Orbanek bring you a special edition of Smoke Signals with the news of the Trevor Bauer acquisition and break down the deal in detail.

Indians trade Choo to Reds, acquire Bauer and three others: Tony Lastoria offers the breaking news story of the Shin-Soo Choo trade, quickly breaking down what Cleveland got in return.

Trevor Bauer - impact starting pitcher - coming to Cleveland: Jim Piascik profiles Trevor Bauer, the key return for Cleveland in the Shin-Soo Choo trade, looking at what he is and what he could become for the team going forward.


Around The Farm: December 11, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Jose Ramirez and Ezequiel Carrera in the Dominican Winter League's All-Star Game, and more.

Trade analysis: Breaking down the Choo, Bauer trade: Charlie Adams analyzes the big trade, deciding that the talent added makes it is a big win for Cleveland.

Don't overlook the guys in the deal not named Bauer: Jeff Ellis looks at the other three players Cleveland acquired in the Shin-Soo Choo and outlines how they could help the major league team in 2013.

Digesting a Deal: What the deal means for the Indians: Tony Lastoria breaks down the Choo-Bauer trade from every angle, analyzing precisely what it means for Cleveland in the short- and long-term.

Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: An Aggressive Tribe...: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete looks at the offseason to date and marvels at the new aggressive strategy of the front office and the great results it has yielded.


Around The Farm: December 12, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including Paolo Espino's brilliant outing, more consistently solid results from Matt Langwell, and more.

10 prospects who could have a Major League impact in '13: Jim Piascik lists ten prospects who could make their major league debut in 2013 and have an impact on the team's fortunes.

Indians need to explore further ways to improve rotation: Michael Goodman argues that while the offseason has been a success to date, unless the team upgrades the starting rotation, it will still fall short when the games are played.

Swisher, Jackson market heats up: Tony Lastoria updates the free agent market in the aftermath of the Josh Hamilton signing, noting that two Cleveland targets, Nick Swisher and Edwin Jackson, could see their markets bumped with Hamilton gone.


Around The Farm: December 13, 2012: Jim Piascik recaps the night in the winter leagues, including big nights from Ezequiel Carrera, Mike McDade, and Asdrubal Cabrera, and more.

IPI Inbox: Should the Indians go all out for Swisher?: Tony Lastoria dusts off an old favorite, the IPI Inbox, answering questions from readers like how hard should the team go after Nick Swisher, whether Cleveland can really reload instead of rebuild, and much more.

Winter Ball Notebook: Cabrera heats up: In his weekly winter ball notebook, Steve Orbanek looks at Asdrubal Cabrera's hot start to his offseason, Andrew Campbell's impressive run in Australia, Rob Bryson's lights-out season, and much more.


Around The Farm: December 14, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a strong night from Mike McDade, another scoreless inning from Rob Bryson, and more.

2012 Transaction Rundown: Scrappers 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 Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

Swisher to visit teams, Jackson market developing: Tony Lastoria updates the markets for Nick Swisher and Edwin Jackson and how Cleveland is currently fitting into them.

Friends of the Feather

Choo/Bauer Trade Reaction

Cleveland Indians acquire 4 players, trade Shin-Soo Choo and 3 others in 3-team 9-player deal: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer recaps the trade and gives his insight into what Cleveland gave up and received.

Cleveland Indians trade gets high marks, but questions remain on Trevor Bauer: Bud Shaw of The PD writes that Bauer was too good to pass up, though there is still uncertainty surrounding him.

Indians come out well in three-way deal: Keith Law of ESPN (Insider required) writes about the return for each team, outlining exactly what Cleveland got and why it is the best haul of the three teams.

Indians Acquire Potential Ace Trevor Bauer In Three-Team Deal: Ben Badler of Baseball America also breaks down the trade, commending Cleveland for acquiring one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

Transaction Analysis: The Diamondbacks Deal Bauer to Cleveland, and the Reds Get Choo: Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus rave about the deal from Cleveland's perspective, giving it very rare "unqualified win" status.

Ripple effects of Choo-Bauer deal: Buster Olney of ESPN (Insider required) writes that Cleveland fulfilled their number one goal this offseason with the trade: acquire young starting pitching.

Indians Bet on Trevor Bauer: Dave Cameron of Fangraphs argues that while Bauer is a top-10 prospect, it may take him a while to realize his vast potential.

Painting the Black: Stubbs in Reverse: R.J. Anderson of Baseball Prospectus looks at the decline of Drew Stubbs and attempts to explain what happened and if it is fixable.

What The Reds Covet In Shin-Soo Choo: Jack Moore of Fangraphs breaks down how Choo's offensive profile will fit in at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

The Shin-Soo Choo Experiment: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs looks at Shin-Soo Choo and how his defense will fit in now that he is expected to play center field for the Reds.

Gregorius, Bauer, and Perceived Shortstop Value: Mike Newman of Fangraphs defends the value going to Arizona in the trade, arguing that shortstops are undervalued as a whole and that a Gregorius-for-Bauer swap makes sense long-term for both teams.

Trevor Bauer Will Not Be Babied: In a piece from August 2011, Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated profiles all the quirks that make Bauer special and have yielded him results. This one is the seminal piece looking at Bauer and his preparation.

Prospect Pitch: Bauer reveals repertoire: In a piece from February 2012, Andrew Pentis of gets Bauer to break down each of the pitches he throws, giving them grades on the 20-80 scale.


Cleveland Indians still looking for the right deal for Asdrubal Cabrera: Paul Hoynes of The PD recounts how Asdrubal Cabrera was nearly traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the Winter Meetings for Vance Worley and prospects, as well as hitting on other current events and rumors.

Maine moves past car wreck to keep dreams alive: Zack Meisel of writes about former Cleveland pitcher Scott Maine and his recovery from a near-fatal car accident he suffered in 2005.

Rays Sign Roberto Hernandez: Jack Moore of Fangraphs looks at how Roberto Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona) fits in Tampa Bay, specifically how a move to the bullpen may allow him to maximize his value as a groundball-inducing right-on-right matchup guy.

Sports Insider: Interview with Cleveland GM Chris Antonetti: Glenn Moore of interviewed Chris Antonetti, discussing the recent trade and where the team plans to go from here.



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