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January 20, 2013   (19 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Thome, Ramirez reunion might work
What a great Indians weekend as the widely popular Tribe Fest was jam packed on Saturday and is expected to have big crowds again today. On the news front, it was a slow week for the Indians other than a few players being named to World Baseball Classic rosters and several arbitration eligible players having their 2013 contracts finalized. Tony discusses the arbitration deals and the WBC, but also touches on how two former Indians heroes might make for good low risk pickups this late in the offseason.
January 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Indians set to sign utility player Ryan Raburn
Several sources are reporting that the Indians will sign IF/OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract with an invite to join the big league club in spring training. Raburn certainly isn't a big fish, but he's a guy that could provide the Indians with another versatile bat, as he's played nearly every infield and outfield position over the past several seasons. Find out more about Raburn...after the jump...
January 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: January 19, 2013
The Winter Leagues are heading towards the end game, and several Indians prospects and players remain active down the stretch. Rob Bryson made an appearance on Saturday night looking to continue his scoreless innings streak, along with Paredes, Carrera and Cabrera in the Caribbean leagues, while Quincy Latimore continued to heat things up down under, along with Andrew Campbell. Jim Pete brings the daily ATF, after the jump...
January 19, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 1/13/12-1/19/13
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
January 19, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #58 RHP Cole Cook
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Cole Cook. Last year Cook had a nice bounce back season from an injury plagued 2011 and traveled across four levels between Low-A Lake County and Triple-A Columbus, and impressed in a small sample size of work at the end of the year in Columbus. He is an interesting prospect, and Tony provides all the details on his potential, his stuff, and what he needs to do to take the next step in his development into a higher priority prospect.
January 19, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: January 18, 2013
It was an eventful night in the winter leagues on Friday as both the Dominican and Puerto Rican League Championship Series began. Roberto Perez and Delvi Cid were among the Indians in action, plus Andrew Campbell and Quincy Latimore continue to impress in the Australian Baseball League. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
January 18, 2013   (4 comments)
Indians avoid arbitration with five players, one unsigned
Today the Indians have avoided arbitration and agreed to one year contracts with Matt Albers, Lou Marson, Justin Masterson, Chris Perez, and Joe Smith, and on Thursday night they agreed to a one year contract with Drew Stubbs. Only infielder Mike Aviles remains unsigned, and since no deal was made before today's 1pm signing deadline, the process gets a little more complex.
January 18, 2013   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Ramirez's season comes to an end
The Championship Series matchups have been decided in the DWL and PWL, which means that the winter seasons have come to an end for a number of Indians, including the beloved Jose Ramirez. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on Ramirez and his fine winter season as well as many other Indians players still competing in winter ball in his latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
January 18, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #59 RHP Tyler Sturdevant
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Tyler Sturdevant. Last year Sturdevant was much higher in this listing, but an injury plagued 2012 campaign and some current health issues have really pushed him down the listing. Tony looks into his health and outlook for the 2013 season and also gives a detailed look at what makes him so successful when he is healthy.
January 18, 2013   (12 comments)
Indians sign Stubbs, interested in Thome
Late Thursday night the Indians and outfielder Drew Stubbs agreed to a $2.825 million contract for the 2013 season, and it includes up to $50,000 in performance performances. Also, a source has told the IBI that the Indians have interest in free agent Jim Thome and that a contract has been offered.
January 18, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: January 17, 2013
With every day that passes, we are getting closer and closer to Spring Training. Yet, that also leaves us fewer and fewer days of winter ball action, a sad fact for the offseason IBI baseball coverage. With so few Cleveland players in action, we take a short trip Around The Farm, checking in on the Venezuelan playoffs and a newcomer's big night in Australia. To read more, join Jim Piascik after the jump.
January 17, 2013   (3 comments)
Six Indians named to World Baseball Classic rosters
The World Baseball Classic released the provisional rosters for all 16 teams in the tournament that will be played this March. Six Indians have been named to the rosters: Mike Aviles, Asdrubal Cabrera, Chris Perez, Vinne Pestano, Carlos Santana, and Giovanni Soto. Yan Gomes was expected to be on team Brazil, but was not listed.
January 17, 2013   (14 comments)
Stubbs acquisition could prove to be a good value
A lot of the focus in the Ibig three way deal between the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks consummated in mid-December was on Shin-Soo Choo and Trevor Bauer, but Michael Goodman says that the pickup of outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds should not be overlooked. A lot of people have harped on his high strikeout totals, but Michael explains why there is little risk with his pickup and why he has some considerable upside.
January 17, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #60 RHP Mason Radeke
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown has officially begun, and we kick things off with right-handed pitcher Mason Radeke. He put himself on the radar with a very good showing at Low-A Lake County last season, and Tony has all the details with regard to his stuff, what kind of pitcher he can be, what his flaws are, his outlook this coming season, his future, and lots more.
January 17, 2013   (14 comments)
Matsuzaka interested in minor league deal with Indians
According to a report in a Japanese newspaper, free agent right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is considering a minor league offer from the Indians as well as the Miami Marlins and New York Mets. He has been limited the last two seasons because of elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, but may be worth a flier.
January 17, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: January 16, 2013
The winter seasons are quickly coming to a close, but a few Indians players were still at it on Wednesday. Asdrubal Cabrera and Ezequiel Carrera each recorded hits for their clubs in the VWL. Plus, Jose Ramirez may have competed in one of his final games of the winter season. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
January 16, 2013   (11 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect Countdown Preview
The IBI's 2013 Indians top prospect countdown is here.....well....sort of. Tomorrow we kick things off with the first player in the on-line listing with #60, but today Tony sets us all up with a preview to help explain where the Indians' system is at the moment, the strengths and weaknesses of the system, the breakout candidates, who is eligible to be ranked, and all the guidelines for the ranking. Don't forget, the new 2013 book will soon be available and provide detailed profiles of over 180+ prospects in the Indians' system!
January 16, 2013   (3 comments)
Organizational movement at the Corner of Carnegie & Ontario
The Indians new approach is obvious at the major league level, but how will it effect the minor league level going forward? Will prospects begin to move more quickly through the system, or will patience be at a premium? Will Terry Francona's new book that will be released next week give any indications towards why he really chose the Indians? The first excerpts released give some early clues. Join Jim Pete for another stroll around the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
January 16, 2013   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: January 15, 2013
Jose Ramirez continues to impress and progress at the plate. That was evident on Tuesday as the switch-hitting infielder was just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Also, Asdrubal Cabrera and recently acquired pitcher Jerry Gil were among the other Indians players in winter ball action on Tuesday. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all of the night's action and statistics as he takes you Around the Farm.
January 15, 2013   (8 comments)
2013 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right-handed starters
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IBI with a look at the right-handed starters in the Indians system. There is no doubt that right-handed starting pitching is one of the Indians weakest positions in the entire organization, and is why they really targeted young upper level pitching in trades this offseason. Tony looks at what right-handed starting options are available to the Indians in the future and breaks down the future and potential for the likes of Austin Adams, Dylan Baker, Trevor Bauer, Mitch Brown, Luis DeJesus, Trey Haley, Dillon Howard, Kieran Lovegrove, Mason Radeke, Danny Salazar, and more. This is the final positional overview as the annual IBI Top Prospect countdown will commence on Thursday.