December 20, 2013 (8 comments)
Teams continue to look for opportunities to add to their ballclub in advance of the Christmas holiday. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a snag in the Grant Balfour deal, Scott Downs signing with the White Sox, and more.
December 20, 2013 (9 comments)
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. In today's review of the Indians action in winter ball out in the Latin American countries, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes note of a very impressive outing by Joseph Colon. He also recaps how others like Carlos Santana, Jesus Aguilar, Toru Murata and other did.
December 19, 2013 (10 comments)
Since the last time the IBI's Michael Hattery opined in exacerbating detail the Indians have made three moves which will undoubtedly be impactful on the 2014 season. The three pertinent moves include the signing of John Axford, Shaun Marcum’s entrance into the fold, and the trade of Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman. As he always does, Michael takes a deep look into the Shaun Marcum signing and what kind of impact he made have and also gives his take on the Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman deal.
December 19, 2013 (2 comments)
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with Double-A Akron manager Edwin Rodriguez. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Rodriguez and they talked about some of the impressive players that he had all year and what kind of growth was shown over the course of the season. They talked about Austin Adams’ return to the mound, how close Jesus Aguilar is to being a big league option, how well rounded Jose Ramirez is, how Carlos Moncrief put it all together, the rebound by Jake Lowery, and so much more.
December 19, 2013 (2 comments)
Wednesday saw plenty of teams check items off of their holiday shopping list. In this 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 Drew Stubbs trade, Joaquin Benoit agreeing with San Diego, and much more.
December 19, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a slow night in winter ball as only two Indians players were in action on Wednesday night. However, the two of them provided enough action to be excited about. First of all, Jesus Aguilar extended his current hit streak to eight games with a pair of knocks in Venezuela. Next, Carlos Santana racked up three hits, including a homer and played another night at third base without incident. Join the IBI's Michael Goodman for all the details.
December 18, 2013 (7 comments)
Join Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete, right here at Indiansbaseballinsider.com for a quick video/podcast outlining the Indians fairly busy week since the Winter Meetings ending. They'll talk John Axford, Shawn Marcum and the Drew Stubbs deal today, then talk about the potential moves that could be made over the next several weeks.
December 18, 2013 (20 comments)
The Cleveland Indians added David Murphy to their offense, and they subtracted Drew Stubbs, but past those moves, the Indians' offensive line-up of 2014 will look a lot like the offense of 2013. Is there an opportunity for this offense to improve, or did it plateau last year thanks to the potential decline years of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher? Join Jim Pete as he throws out an optimistic look at the Indians offense next season.
December 18, 2013 (31 comments)
Cleveland traded outfielder Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies Wednesday in exchange for left-hander reliever Josh Outman. The trade was first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and later confirmed by the Indians.
December 18, 2013 (10 comments)
With Yan Gomes established as Cleveland's starting catcher in 2014, Carlos Santana has begun to work out at third base in the Dominican Republic. Finding a way to get Santana at bats away from the designated hitter spot is a good one, but one big question remains: Will Santana at third base be more harmful than helpful? Jim Piascik looks at that question and puts moving Santana to the hot corner in context.
December 18, 2013 (10 comments)
After weeks of speculation the Orioles have finally landed their new closer. In this 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 Grant Balfour signing with Baltimore, a former top Indians prospect attempting a comeback, and more.
December 18, 2013 (4 comments)
The winter leagues are starting to wind down as the regular season for most of the Latin American leagues are down to their final two to three weeks. Jesus Aguilar played in a doubleheader on Tuesday and looks to be finishing strong, and Carlos Santana had another multi-error game at third base. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm...
December 17, 2013 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has signed free agent catcher Matt Treanor to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
December 17, 2013 (15 comments)
"From the gutter to the grail. we rise up to win it..." Those lyrical words of encouragement penned by newly-arrived pitching prospect Trevor Bauer provided some inspiration for the new-look Tribe early in the year. But while Bauer's contributions to the hip-hop community may have been productive last season, the same cannot be said for his pitching, unfortunately. Can he still live up to the hype? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates in this week's Swinging for the Fences.
December 17, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday that Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn have been added to the player lineup for this year’s Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 25 and 26.
December 17, 2013 (27 comments)
Team president Mark Shapiro continually hinted that Cleveland would sign a reliever with closing experience and that prophecy came true Sunday night, as the team agreed to sign former Milwaukee closer John Axford. The only reason Axford was available is due to his struggles in 2012 and 2013 following a dominant campaign in 2011. Jim Piascik analyzes Cleveland's new closer and what the right-hander needs to do to be successful in 2014.
December 17, 2013 (17 comments)
The Indians continue to make minor moves to add to their overall depth. In this 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 Shaun Marcum as the next Cleveland revival project, an AL Central closer getting traded, and more.
December 17, 2013 (6 comments)
It was a very light schedule on Monday as the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League were off and the Venezuela Winter League had just two games scheduled. That said, there was some action and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps it in Around the Farm.
December 16, 2013 (7 comments)
The Indians and right-handed closer John Axford are set to sign a one year $4.5 million deal that will include an additional $1.75 million in incentives based on games finished. He is expected to undergo a physical on Wednesday after which the deal will be formally announced provided he passes it. The Indians have also signed right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum to a minor league deal.
December 16, 2013 (14 comments)
A rather large edition of Tribe Happenings today! The IBI's Tony Lastoria chimes in and gives his thoughts at the Indians lack of deals at the Winter Meetings, looks at the signing of John Axford as the team's new closer and why it concerns him, why he's completely on board with the Indians using Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in middle relief, why the chances of a Justin Masterson extension may hinge on what happens with Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana this offseason, and much more!