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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.
January 15, 2013   (3 comments)
Then & Now: Chen-Chang Lee
Coming off of major surgery, Chen-Chang Lee is one of many Indians pitchers that is now somewhat of a question mark heading into the 2013 season. Lee was once one of the most dominant relievers in the Indians system, but what can be expected from him as he makes his way back from the surgery? The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps Lee's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
January 15, 2013   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: January 14, 2013
The playoffs in the various winter leagues raged on Monday night, but the big news was one of the Indians best prospects suffering an injury where he had to leave the game. Tony talks about that player and what happened, and also provides updates on all the rest of the Indians that were in action on the night.
January 15, 2013   (0 comments)
Why Trevor Bauer is the perfect fit in Cleveland
When the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to include Trevor Bauer in a deal this offseason that sent him to the Cleveland Indians, many inside baseball thought that something had to have gone terribly wrong between the pitcher and his old team. No one may ever know the truth, but in Cleveland’s case, they are saying nothing but positive things about their top pitching prospect now.
January 14, 2013   (21 comments)
IBI Power Poll: The 2013 Hall of Fame
Welcome to this week's IBI Power Poll. Each week the poll takes 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 last week's Baseball Hall of Fame vote, and gives the readers here at IBI a chance to vote in their own Hall candidates. Have your vote counted, after the jump...
January 14, 2013   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: January 13, 2013
The major league hot stove season has had a bit of a lull, but like the sands in an hourglass, the Tribe's system continues moving through time, heading towards spring training. Rob Bryson made his nineteenth appearance tonight, and while the numbers showcase a nice winter, today added a bit of a blemish. Campbell stayed hot in Austrailia, and Cid and Ramirez battled in a playoff, face-off. Join Jim Pete with another edition of Around the Farm.
January 13, 2013   (22 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians should take advantage of market
What a fun offseason this has been for the Indians. They have made a few big trades, made some significant moves in free agency, and been in on lots of other players. But even though the Indians say they are probably done with their heavy lifting this offseason, Tony thinks they should take advantage of a unique opportunity this offseason to sign another big named free agent because it is an opportunity which may never present itself again. He also talks about the Hall of Fame voting issues, how Kenny Lofton got hosed, and lots more.