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December 31, 2012   (9 comments)
The Dark Side of the Moon: A 2012 Cleveland Indians review
Another year has come and gone, and while the 2012 Cleveland Indians did not come together as planned there were still some bright moments during the journey. 2012 is over, and as we look back on it one more time here on New Year's Eve, it is time for an Indians Baseball (Baseball!) Insider year-end recap piece. To avoid a generic, boring article, however, the IBI's Jim Piascik framed the year around Pink Floyd's famous The Dark Side of the Moon album. Check out one of the best pieces of the year after the jump...
December 31, 2012   (0 comments)
2013 Scouting Videos: Volume 9
Today we continue on with our ninth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Shawn Morimando, Toru Murata, Bryson Myles, Tyler Naquin, Thomas Neal, Mitch Nilsson, Rob Nixon, Matt Packer, Nick Pasquale, and Dorssys Paulino.
December 31, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 30, 2012
It wasn't a busy night for Cleveland Indians prospects, but the boys down under were busy trying to one-up each other with their power production. Jose Ramirez returned to his multi-hit form with a three-hit performance, and Carlos Santana continued to hit in the DWL playoffs. Join Jim Pete in his final ATF of the year, after the jump...
December 30, 2012   (22 comments)
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' First Baseman of All-Time
Welcome to the newest feature at Indians Baseball Insider, the IBI Power Poll. The Poll will take a look at a relevant topic of the time, an all-time list, or just something that we're talking about here at the IBI home offices. There's nothing like a list to spur a debate, so join us in our lively banter with our weekly polls! Today's poll focuses on the best Indians' first baseman of all time. Join Jim Pete after the find out the who made the cut...
December 30, 2012   (20 comments)
Tribe Happenings: So what's next for the Indians?
Out with the old and in with the new. That seems to be the motto of the Indians of late as they have had a much different approach this offseason than in recent offseasons. With the new year drawing near, Tony looks at what may be next for the Indians in their offseason pursuit to improve the club. He also talks about the new TV deal with Fox Sports, the importance of Nick Hagadone, and why adding a veteran starter could help more than you think.
December 30, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 29, 2012
The only player in the Caribbean that played and didn't get a hit tonight was Asdrubal Cabrera. While there wasn't a lot of splash with regards tot he offense, Zeke Carrera continued a solid winter league campaign, while newcomer Luis Hernandez continued his solid VWL with three hits. Carlos Santana also continued his playoff push with another hit on Saturday night. Join Jim Pete with the Around the Farm rundown.
December 29, 2012   (0 comments)
2013 Scouting Videos: Volume 8
Today we continue on with our eighth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Fabio Martinez, Jorge Martinez, Josh McAdams, Zach McAllister, D'Vone McClure, Yhoxian Medina, Ryan Merritt, Carlos Moncrief, Alex Monsalve, and Luis Morel.
December 29, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 12/23/12-12/29/12
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 29, 2012   (17 comments)
Washington is focused on a comeback in 2013
Some people work to live, while others live to work. Cleveland Indians’ centerfielder LeVon Washington prefers the latter. After a disappointing 2012 campaign that was cut very short because of a hip injury, Washington is hard at work this offseason and has focused 100% of his effort on making a big comeback in 2013.
December 29, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 28, 2012
So much for a slumping Carlos Santana. The switch-hitter's hitting prowess was on display again as Santana once again put together a very strong performance in a DWL playoff game. Plus, Asdrubal Cabrera has a nice night at the plate and Jesus Aguilar makes a rare appearance in the VWL. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and provides all of the night's statistics as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 28, 2012   (9 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: DWL playoffs begin
It was somewhat of a quiet week in the various winter leagues because of the Christmas holiday, but there is still plenty of action to recap. The round robin playoffs began in the Dominican Winter League on Thursday while the regular seasons will be ending on Sunday in both the Puerto Rican Winter League and the Venezuelan Winter League. Plus, Chun-Hsiu Chen completed a strong winter season in the Asia Winter Baseball League this past week. The IPI's Steve Orbanek has all the details in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 28, 2012   (4 comments)
FOX Sports purchases STO
The pending purchase of SportsTime Ohio by Fox Sports Ohio became official Friday as it was announced that FOX has purchased the Cleveland sports network for an estimated $230 million. FOX will now have the broadcast rights to Cleveland Indians games for the next 10 seasons, which is estimated to be worth around $400 million.
December 28, 2012   (15 comments)
2012 Transaction Rundown: Final Releases
Here is a listing of Cleveland Indians' players that were released or elected to voluntarily retire over the year. This listing along with all the rest of the final transactions will be located under the "Transactions" tab and under "2012" for easy reference in the future. Good luck to all of the players who have moved on from the organization!
December 28, 2012   (5 comments)
Around The Farm: December 27, 2012
Carlos Santana looked like the Carlos Santana we all want to see in 2013 Thursday night, hitting a home run and drawing two walks. He was not the only Cleveland player making waves around the world, though, as Jose Ramirez, Ryan Battaglia, and others impressed. Join Jim Piascik as he checks in to the action last night and goes Around The Farm.
December 27, 2012   (0 comments)
2013 Scouting Videos: Volume 7
Today we continue on with our seventh batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Alex Lavisky, Matt Lawson, Chia-Ching Lin, Francisco Lindor, Kieran Lovegrove, Jake Lowery, Jeremy Lucas, Luis Lugo, Zach MacPhee, and Josh Martin.
December 27, 2012   (5 comments)
2013 IPI Positional Rankings: The Left-handed relievers
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the left-handed relievers in the Indians system. At the moment, with the departure of Rafael Perez (designated for assignment) and Tony Sipp (traded), the Indians’ have limited internal options to fill a left-handed role in their Major League bullpen. Tony looks at all the left-handed relief options in the system all the way to the rookie level, and breaks down the future and potential for the likes of Scott Barnes, Eric Berger, Geoff Davenport, Nick Hagadone, Danny Jimenez, Francisco Jimenez, Kyle Petter, Edgar Pineda, J.D. Reichenbach and many others.
December 27, 2012   (17 comments)
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: The Gifts keep flowing
The Cleveland Indians have had a bountiful holiday season thusfar, as the front office here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario has bullrushed the hot stove season and addressed several needs previously ignored. In past years, the moves made so far would be more than expected. This season, it really could be just the beginning. What's on tap over the next month? Join Jim Pete in his latest column...
December 26, 2012   (1 comments)
2013 Scouting Videos: Volume 6
Today we continue on with our sixth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature T.J. House, Dillon Howard, Antwonie Hubbard, Daniel Jimenez, Francisco Jimenez, Jeff Johnson, Hunter Jones, Jairo Kelly, Corey Kluber, and Kyle Landis.
December 26, 2012   (19 comments)
The Indians could be nearing their payroll threshold for 2013
The Indians have made two big trades and signed free agents Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds, all of which make for big changes not only on the field, but with their payroll for 2013. Tony takes a quick look at where the Indians' payroll is at after all the moves and what wiggle room - if any - the Indians have going forward.
December 26, 2012   (4 comments)
Then & Now: Giovanni Soto
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with the latest edition of Then & Now. Steve looks at promising left-hander Giovanni Soto, who is coming off a strong 2012 season with the Akron Aeros. Steve looks back at Soto's career and also touches on how Soto may be able to impact the Major League team moving forward.