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October 31, 2013   (15 comments)
The hot stove season begins at the Corner of Carnegie & Ontario
The Cleveland Indians embark on an important offseason today, as they look to build upon their incredulous journey from baseball obscurity to the playoffs in 2013. While many are focusing on the potential free agents and trade candidates out of the gate, the reality is that the Indians won't make any major moves until their own free agents are addressed. Do the Indians have their RubberDucks in row, and will they make the right moves? Join Jim Pete at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, as we take a close look.
October 31, 2013   (9 comments)
Indians release Perez, resign Giambi, make trade for Hynes
The Cleveland Indians today announced a flurry of moves on the first official day of the 2013-2014 offseason. The biggest move was the announcement that right-handed pitcher Chris Perez was given his unconditional release, but they also announced a trade with the Padres for lefty Colt Hynes and resigned Jason Giambi to a minor league deal.
October 31, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 40-man roster review: Who do the Indians remove?
Since the Indians season ended four weeks ago they have been discussing the makeup of their roster for next season with where they need to subtract, where they need to add, what they need to modify, and where they need to get stronger. Tony takes a deeper look into how that process works and explains some of the reasoning behind moves at this time of the year, and he also looks at all 44 players on the 40-man roster and predicts who he thinks are no longer on it by the November 20th roster deadline.
October 31, 2013   (5 comments)
Trend Spotting: A look at Danny Salazar’s 2013 season
Danny Salazar’s development has been profiled in great depth throughout this site over the past two years, yet his ascendancy feels almost unreal. Thus, the IBI's Michael Hattery spends the majority of his Trend Spotting piece this week discussing Salazar’s first season in the big leagues and what it means about his future. Do the Indians have an ace in waiting or has he already arrived?
October 31, 2013   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: October 30, 2013
A total of five Indians players were in action in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, but it was the debut of one player in particular which great to see as right-hander Tyler Sturdevant made his long awaited return to competitive game action after offseason shoulder surgery last year. Tony looks at his performance as well as the showings from the others in the AFL and other winter leagues.
October 30, 2013   (5 comments)
2013 Tony Awards: Pitcher of the Year
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year. This award goes to the starting pitcher in the Indians organization that had the best year from a performance perspective, an award that Corey Kluber won last year and served as a precursor to a fantastic breakout year in Cleveland this season. Tony runs down an impressive list of candidates and names his winner...
October 30, 2013   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: October 29, 2013
The winter ball slate was full on Tuesday night as the Arizona Fall League, Dominican Winter League and Venezuela Winter League were all back in action. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us on a trip Around the Farm to recap how all of the players did, and he touches on a good night from Paolo Espino, another solid night from Erik Gonzalez, the consistency of Jesus Aguilar and more.
October 29, 2013   (5 comments)
The Radar Report: 2013 Volume III
"The Radar Report" is a premium feature that lists fastball velocities and other notes for several pitchers in the Indians' system which Tony has recorded during his visits to see the teams/players. Today's listing has 20 radar readings for pitchers in the Indians' minor league system that he saw pitch in Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League, and he includes some scouting notes on all of them and where available he has also included the velocity ranges for their secondary pitches.
October 29, 2013   (6 comments)
2013 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances in the Indians system over the course of the 2013 season. There were several outstanding showings, and Tony recaps them all and picks his winner...
October 29, 2013   (5 comments)
Double-A Akron changes name to RubberDucks
The Akron RubberDucks, formerly known as the Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate), unveiled their new identity today at a press event at the historic Akron Civic Theatre.
October 29, 2013   (2 comments)
Swinging for the Fences: The case for bringing back Giambi
Veteran DH Jason Giambi has expressed a desire to play next year and return to the Indians. As he’ll be blowing out 43 candles on his birthday cake next season and not surprisingly is no longer putting up the same MVP-type numbers he did in his storied career, let alone even playing on a regular basis, why should Chris Antonetti re-up his deal for 2014? The IBI's Jake Dungan explains in his new weekly feature Swinging for the Fences.
October 29, 2013   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: October 28, 2013
The Dominican Winter League and Venezuelan Winter League were all off on Monday night, so the IBI's Michael Hattery took the opportunity to take a deeper look at the showing by Joe Wendle this season at Carolina and in the Arizona Fall League and makes a strong offensive comparison to one Jason Kipnis. He also touches on the performances from Tyler Naquin and Tony Wolters.
October 28, 2013   (7 comments)
2013 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2012 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2013 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. Tony runs down the list of candidates and picks his winner...
October 28, 2013   (4 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Aguilar impressive early
The MLB season has come to an end, and the Hot Stove season is still a bit cold. So, knowing that, what's an Indians fan to do? Of course, the logical answer is to follow all of your favorite prospects in the numerous winter leagues. So far, Jesus Aguilar has gotten off to a torrid start in the VWL while Tyler Naquin has been impressive in the AFL. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these performances and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
October 28, 2013   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: October 27, 2013
The Latin American winter leagues were busy with lots of action on Sunday, and Indians first base prospect Jesus Aguilar had another monster game with another multi-hit effort and homer. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes us Around the Farm to recap all of the Indians action in winter ball as he touches on Aguilar's performance as well as many others...
October 27, 2013   (0 comments)
Tribe Madness: Previewing the Jacobs Field Region matchups
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with a look at the Progressive Field Region. This is the final region to be previewed before this tourney tips off, and features the likes of Bob Lemon, Greg Swindell, Ken Keltner, Earl Averill, Juan Gonzalez, Kenny Lofton, George Uhle, Joe Charboneau, Lou Boudreau and others.
October 27, 2013   (38 comments)
Possible trade options that can help the Indians lineup
In part one of this piece on Thursday, the IBI's Andy Nichols discussed possible free agent targets the Indians may look to add in order to help the offense. Today, in part two, he divulges into potential trade targets. This is always a tricky undertaking, as it's hard to know which players will be made available by their teams, but he provides a list of bats that he believes could be available or that he would target.
October 27, 2013   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 26, 2013
Jesus Aguilar has been one of the most impressive Indians' prospects this fall and that continued Saturday as the big first baseman launched his fifth home run of the winter season so far. Also, Jose Ramirez was collected three hits en route to his first true great performance of the this offseason. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 26, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 10/20/13 - 10/26/13
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.
October 26, 2013   (0 comments)
Tribe Madness: Previewing the Progressive Field matchups
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with a look at the Progressive Field Region. The winner of this region draws the winner of the Jacobs Field Region, and features the likes of Ray Fosse, Rick Sutcliffe, Dennis Martinez, Elmer Flick, Bartolo Colon, Bobby Avila, Ray Chapman, Manny Ramirez, Sam McDowell and Shoeless Joe Jackson.

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