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December 23, 2009   (0 comments)
03/15/2009 Cleveland Indians optioned LHP Rich Rundles to Triple-A Columbus.
03/19/2009 Cleveland Indians optioned second baseman Luis Valbuena to Triple-A Columbus.
03/19/2009 Cleveland Indians optioned LHP Tony Sipp to Triple-A Columbus.
03/19/2009 Cleveland Indians optioned RHP Juan Salas to Triple-A Columbus.
03/19/2009 Cleveland Indians optioned RHP Adam Miller to...
December 22, 2009   (0 comments)
Offseason Happenings: Rays, Not Indians, Made Talbot Decision
On Monday the Indians completed the Kelly Shoppach trade with the Tampa Bay Rays which was originally made on December 1st. As part of the original agreement to trade Shoppach to the Rays, the Rays (not the Indians) had until 11:59 p.m. on December 20th to make a choice from a list of two players and they ended up deciding to send right-hander Mitch Talbot to the Indians.
As part of the...
December 21, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians have announced today that they have signed right-handed pitcher Saul Rivera to a free agent minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Rivera, 32, owns a career Major League record of 13-15 with a 4.05 ERA in 245 relief appearances (275.2 IP, 285 H, 124 ER, 123 BB, 191 K) with the Washington Nationals over the last four seasons since...
December 21, 2009   (0 comments)
UPDATE 12/21/2009 12:55 PM EST: The player to be named is indeed right-hander Mitch Talbot as speculated. He has been added to the Indians 40-man roster.
Here is the official press release:
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired RHP MITCH TALBOT from the Tampa Bay Rays. Talbot is the player to be named in the December 1 trade that sent CA KELLY SHOPPACH to Tampa....
December 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Sometime today the Indians are expected to announce the player to be named later they are getting from the Rays in the Kelly Shoppach trade. In the meantime, here is another update on how some of the players in the Indians organization are doing in winter ball with less than a week left of play.
Only a handful of players are still in action, but it is good to see Luis Valbuena getting a lot...
December 19, 2009   (0 comments)
There are less than two weeks left in 2009, and with that time for a lot of last minute housecleaning on the site posting video and other things. Over the past few weeks I have posted the year end recaps for Akron, Columbus and Instructional League, and today we continue with our year end video recap with just a handful of videos from High-A Kinston.
(note, videos may take a minute or two...
December 18, 2009   (0 comments)
Brach Is Just Living The Dream
When it comes to big time Division 1 college baseball programs, Monmouth University is nowhere near the top of that list.
In fact, many Indians fans have probably never even heard of the school before or know where it is even located. For those who have even heard of it, the most likely reason is because of some NCAA Men
December 17, 2009   (0 comments)
IPI Inbox: Shoppach Trade Nears Completion
As noted in the debut piece last month, the IPI Inbox is a mailbag piece covering some topics that IPI readers have asked about in emails. While this will only be a monthly feature in the offseason, this will be a weekly or bi-weekly weekend feature during the season. If you have a question about the Indians farm system or even the major league team, feel free to contact me using the contact form...
December 16, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus Clippers (AAA):
Mike Sarbaugh, Manager
Charles Nagy, Pitching Coach
Lee May Jr., Hitting Coach
Michael Salazar, Athletic Trainer
Akron Aeros (AA):
Joel Skinner, Manager
Greg Hibbard, Pitching Coach
Jim Rickon, Hitting Coach
Chad Wolfe, Athletic Trainer
Kinston Indians (A+):
Aaron Holbert, Manager
Tony Arnold,...
December 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Today we continue with our year end video recap, this time with the focuse on the Double-A Akron Aeros. Over the past few weeks I have posted the year end recaps for Columbus and Instructional League. As we count down the days to the close of the 2009 year, I will be posting lots more video from High-A Kinston, Low-A Lake County, and short-season Single-A Mahoning Valley.
(note, videos may...
December 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Making Sense Of Indians Recent Roster Moves
The Indians removed three players from their 40-man roster late Saturday night, as they non-tendered right-handed pitchers Anthony Reyes and Jose Veras and also removed right-handed pitcher Adam Miller from the 40-man roster.
In less than 24 hours, Reyes and Miller were back in the organization as they were resigned to minor league deals on Sunday. Veras is still a free agent to sign with...
December 13, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today announced they have resigned right-handed pitchers Anthony Reyes and Adam Miller to minor league free agent contracts. Reyes’ contract includes a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Reyes is currently rehabbing from reconstructive surgery on his right pitching elbow in June after going 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 8 starts for the Indians last season (38.1...
December 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Today the Indians announced that they will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to right-handed pitchers Adam Miller, Anthony Reyes, and Jose Vera. All three pitchers are now free agents and the 40-man roster currently stands at 37 players.
Reyes is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent last season and Miller is still trying to recover from a complicated and career threatening...
December 13, 2009   (0 comments)
The winter leagues are starting to wind down, and here are the updated stats for the players in the Indians organization participating in fall and winter ball. All stats are through games played on Friday December 11th.
Of note, Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona had a very encouraging outing on Friday night going 5.0 innings and allowing just 2 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, and 0 strikeouts in an...
December 12, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and Director of Player Development Ross Atkins today announced the remaining staff assignments for the 2010 Player Development System. Aaron Holber has been appointed as the manager at Class-A Kinston, Ted Kubiak manager at Class-A Lake County, Travis Fryman returns as manage short-season Class-A Mahoning Valley and Chris Tremie will manage the rookie Arizona League Indians.
December 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Kinston Coaching Staff Announced
The Cleveland Indians announced today the 2010 coaching staff of the Kinston Indians, as Aaron Holbert takes over as manager, Tony Arnold is the pitching coach and Rouglas Odor returns to coach the K-Tribe for a second straight season.
Manager Aaron Holbert gets the promotion to Kinston after spending two seasons as the manager of Low A Lake County. Holbert led Lake County to back-to-back...
December 11, 2009   (0 comments)
For the first time in a long time the Cleveland Indians were participants and not just spectators in the Rule 5 Draft. Going into yesterday's draft the Indians had not selected a player in the Rule 5 Draft since right-hander Neomar Flores from the Astros in the Triple-A phase of the 2004 Draft, and the last player they took in the Major League phase was infielder Travis Chapman seven years ago in the...
December 10, 2009   (0 comments)
12/10/2009 10:47 A.M. ET: Here is some quick info on the Indians new pickup in the Rule 5 Draft, right-hander Hector Ambriz. The Indians got an extensive look at him back when he was at UCLA as he was a teammate of lefty David Huff who they were scouting heavily at the time. He throws a fastball that sits 91-93 MPH and touches up to 95 MPH. His splitter is a very good pitch and is his out pitch. Indians...
December 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Santana Has Surgery, Miller Has Setback
The Indians made an announcement today that catcher Carlos Santana underwent surgery yesterday to remove a fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand. The surgery was performed by Dr. Tom Graham at the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, MD. This injury came out of nowhere, especially after his trip to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic was cut short supposedly due to illness. As...
December 9, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians 2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview
We are on the eve of the 2009 Rule 5 Draft which will take place at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings tomorrow out in Indianapolis, IN. For those unfamiliar with the Rule 5 Draft and how it works check out the in depth FAQ here on the site, and here is the list of the Indians 2009 eligibles to be taken.
Looking at how things stand right now, it looks like if the Indians lose anyone it...