November 21, 2013 (18 comments)
A guy like Murphy won’t exactly knock your socks off. He is what many would deem to be league average but for the Indians he offers legitimate value. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deeper look into the signing and makes his case how it is a good investment for the Tribe with how he can impact both the lineup and defense for a relatively small amount of money.
November 21, 2013 (6 comments)
This is a new feature here at the IBI, one where IBI prospect guru Tony Lastoria takes a deeper look into prospects that may be on the rise or those that are already established who need to take that next step to get to the big leagues and stay. For today’s debut piece, Tony felt a perfect jumping off point was first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who was just added to the 40-man roster on Wednesday. He takes an unbiased look at what kind of year Aguilar really had and what he can be going forward.
November 21, 2013 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians kicked off their hot stove report with news of a new right fielder, a complete 40-Man roster (for now), and the first major trade of the offseason. Jim and Tony discuss the moves at full length, and take a look at how the Indians will begin to take shape over the next 90-days.
November 21, 2013 (17 comments)
With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this new MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the big Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade, the Indians' 40-man moves, and more.
November 21, 2013 (1 comments)
The Indians added five players from their minor league system to the 40-man roster on Wednesday, and interestingly four of the five players are playing winter ball this offseason. Three of the four were in action on the night, and the IBI's Michael Goodman recaps all of the action around Latin America.
November 20, 2013 (15 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have added right-handed pitcher Bryan Price, right-handed pitcher Austin Adams, infielder Erik Gonzalez, first baseman Jesus Aguilar and outfielder Carlos Moncrief to the 40-man roster. To make room on the roster, they have designated infielder Cord Phelps for assignment. The roster is currently full at 40 players.
November 20, 2013 (18 comments)
The Cleveland Indians served a bit of notice for the direction of their team in 2014 by signing former Boston and Texas outfielder David Murphy. The move seems minor in nature, but thanks to the position it fills, it should begin the domino process for this hot stove season. Join Jim Pete as he takes a close look at the Indians' acquisition, and what it could mean for the lineup in 2014.
November 20, 2013 (5 comments)
With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this new MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Indians signing of David Murphy, and a meeting held between Robinson Cano and the New York Mets.
November 20, 2013 (15 comments)
Late Tuesday night, sources confirmed the Indians and free agent outfielder David Murphy are finalizing a two year deal worth roughly $10 million. Murphy, 32, played in 142 games this past season with the Texas Rangers, hitting .220 with 13 homers and 45 RBI.
November 20, 2013 (0 comments)
The Indians had several players in action across three leagues in the Caribbean on Tuesday night. Joe Colon is a prospect on the rise that the Indians like, and he's out in Puerto Rico making up some lost innings this season due to injury. Also, others like Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez and Erik Gonzalez keep on getting regular playing time for their winter ball teams.
November 19, 2013 (4 comments)
Cleveland Indians right-handed relief prospect had a very good season in 2013 across two different levels and reaching Double-A Akron. He has emerged as one of the Indians better relief prospects and has an interesting arsenal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him and discussed the strides he made in 2013 and where he looks to improve going into 2014.
November 19, 2013 (8 comments)
Many Cleveland faithful would prefer to forget the name Rich Hill sooner rather than later. However, as tough as he was to watch on the mound at times this season, he was only a symptom of an ongoing issue for the Indians in 2013. After the departures of left-handed relief mainstays Tony Sipp and Rafael Perez, the process of bringing in and testing new southpaw recruits proved to be more difficult than the team probably had envisioned. The IBI's Jake Dungan looks at the lefty options for the Tribe in 2014
November 19, 2013 (6 comments)
The offseason is in full spring now and news and rumors will start to become more and more frequent. In this new MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. In today's debut piece he touches on the Tim Hudson and Carlos Ruiz deals announced on Monday as well as several other items of note.
November 19, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a very quiet evening on Monday night as only four games took place in the three Caribbean leagues, and of those four games just one Indians player was in action. Never fear as the IBI's Michael Hattery is here to review the performance of that one player, a performance that the player would no doubt like to forget.
November 18, 2013 (9 comments)
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is quickly approaching. While not highly publicized, this is a key date in the offseason as it is one of the first steps teams take to finalize their roster for the upcoming season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into all of the roster options and uses lots of insight gained from talking to people inside and outside the Indians organization to determine the players to be rostered and some surprises that are not.
November 18, 2013 (3 comments)
The winter season really picked up this past week as a handful of Indians players helped lead the Surprise Saguaros to the AFL title. Leading the charge for Surprise was outfielder Tyler Naquin, who really had a brilliant fall season in the AFL. He's been criticized throughout his minor league career, but could he now be taking that next step as a prospect. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses as part of the weekly Winter Ball Notebook.
November 18, 2013 (0 comments)
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 the results from the matchups in round two of the Municipal Stadium Region. With four matchups involving eight players, four will move into the Region Semi-finals and four will go home. Some of the remaining names in this region include Tribe favorites such as Larry Doby, Early Wynn, Omar Vizquel, Hal Trosky and Gaylord Perry.
November 18, 2013 (8 comments)
The winter ball season keeps plodding along, and while the Arizona Fall League is over with, there were several leagues in action on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes a trip around the farm and lists the results for all players who played. Jesus Aguilar looks to be heating up again, Jose Ramirez is getting hot at the plate, and more.
November 17, 2013 (14 comments)
At this very moment last winter, Ryan Raburn was unemployed. Ending 2012 with a .171 batting average, he was cut from Detroit after playing just 66 games with the Tigers. One year later, he's revived his baseball career once again, this time some 170 miles south of Motown as a member of the Indians. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz wonders if Raburn should play every day in 2014.
November 17, 2013 (10 comments)
The MLB offseason is fascinating because of the rampant rumors and predictions where everyone is going to land. The Indians had a strong showing in 2013, but have a lot of work to replace some outgoing free agents and try to improve at the same time. All of that sets up for what should be yet another intriguing offseason around MLB, and in Cleveland as well. The IBI's Andy Nichols wraps up his predictions with where he believes the top 25 free agents go this offseason.