January 21, 2014 (8 comments)
This offseason's Winter Ball campaign has been an interesting and exciting one for Tribe fans for two reasons: 1) Jesus Aguilar ('nuff said!) and 2) Carlos Santana has traded the catcher's mitt for a third baseman's glove, a decision that could prove to be beneficial not only for Santana as he searches for a new permanent position, but also for the team as their versatility would only improve with the shift. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains.
January 21, 2014 (7 comments)
About six weeks ago when it was first mentioned that Carlos Santana would try to play third base in winter ball it left a lot of people rolling their eyes. But fast forward to today and suddenly people are beginning to realize that he just might actually be able to handle the position and that he could get significant time there for the Indians in 2014 and beyond. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about what a position change does for him and the Indians and much more in his latest Tribe Happenings...
January 21, 2014 (20 comments)
Throughout the winter, Asdrubal Cabrera's and Justin Masterson's names have popped up in trade rumors, but will either one be dealt before Opening Day? In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on trade questions involving Indians players, the daily Masahiro Tanaka report, and more.
January 21, 2014 (5 comments)
In the final regular Around the Farm posting of the offseason, the IBI's Michael Hattery reviews the night from Carlos Santana and provides the details on his night. Jesus Aguilar is officially done for the winter season and is set to return to the states, and few others players are still in action.....so enjoy the last ATF for a few weeks until spring training!
January 20, 2014 (8 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft series wraps up with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 10 to 1. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis has gone through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determined the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
January 20, 2014 (7 comments)
The action in the various winter leagues has all but come to an end, which means it's now time again to recap some of the top performances. Two weeks ago, we looked at top pitching performances, but this week, we will look at some of the top performances to come from hitters. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he counts down the top five in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
January 20, 2014 (0 comments)
Baseball news took a break on Sunday for the AFC and NFC Championship games....and Richard Sherman - who we should probably not talk about. 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 and the Nationals, Grady Sizemore possibly closing in on a deal, and more.
January 20, 2014 (0 comments)
The league championship series kicked off in Puerto Rico on Sunday night and the championship series kicks off in the Dominican Republic on Monday night. Meanwhile, the Venezuela Winter League continues to wrap up their round robin phase which ends on Tuesday. Jesus Aguilar and his Caracas team are fighting for one of the berths into the championship series, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney provides the details on Aguilar's night as well as all the other playoff action.
January 19, 2014 (0 comments)
It’s been said that life begins outside one’s comfort zone, but Cody Anderson knows better than to get too comfortable while toeing the rubber. After huge strides in 2013 with his continued transition from a reliever in college to a starter in the pros and gaining confidence in his secondary pitches, he looks primed for a big year in 2014. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with Anderson and discusses how his transition to the pros has gone to date.
January 19, 2014 (22 comments)
One of the highlights of the hot stove season for die-hard baseball fans are when the organizational rankings are presented by both the national writers and our very own writers here at IBI. With the first two top tens out from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, we can take our first volley at shaping what's right, and what's wrong with the rankings. Join Jim Pete in this week's power poll, figuring out who belongs, and who doesn't.
January 19, 2014 (4 comments)
News on Masahiro Tanaka seems to be heating up and a decision could be coming in the near future. 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 Cubs pursuit of Tanaka, the Indians looking to add more starter depth, and more.
January 18, 2014 (0 comments)
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 18, 2014 (31 comments)
It’s been a long time since the Indians have had a legitimate, home grown major league star rise through its ranks, and they have that player in Francisco Lindor. Would they ever consider trading him? Well, the IBI's John Mast thinks they should, and that the player they should consider trading him for is David Price to solidify the Indians rotation as one of the best in all of baseball and make them legit contenders next season.
January 18, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians have officially signed right-handed pitcher Danny Carela, shortstop Audy Ciriaco and shortstop Miguel Eladio to minor league deals. None of the deals carry a major league invite.
January 18, 2014 (3 comments)
Friday was full of teams and players discussing terms in order to avoid arbitration. 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 Carlos Santana third base experiment, the Indians arbitration decisions, and more.
January 18, 2014 (5 comments)
Jesus Aguilar returned to his "RBI Machine" form with a monster night at the plate belting another homer and driving in three more runs on three hits on Friday night. Meanwhile, the Round Robin phase of the Dominican Winter League playoffs came to an end as Carlos Santana and Leones del Escogido advance to the final round. The IBI's Arthur Kinney reports on the highlights.
January 17, 2014 (17 comments)
There was arguably no better Indians story in 2013 than the rise of Danny Salazar. The right-hander was electric at times, and he also gave the fan base new hope for the future? So, with that in mind, who has a chance to be 2014's version of Salazar? Perhaps it could be Cody Anderson, who was just dominant at High-A Carolina last season. Ironically enough, Anderson's seems to be trending in the exact same direction as Salazar. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 17, 2014 (0 comments)
Finally, game-altering bang-bang plays will no longer be left entirely in the hands of umpires. 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 rules of the new expanded replay, players avoiding arbitration, and more.
January 17, 2014 (1 comments)
While the round robin phase in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic wraps up, things are getting heated in Venezuela. No, not the round robin playoffs there, but a spat between Asdrubal Cabrera and the executives for his winter team Caracas. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on what has transpired and the chances that Cabrera does play winter ball - which if he does he would play second base.
January 16, 2014 (5 comments)
After a 2013 Wild Card game performance in which Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and the single most deflating play of the season, a double play in the bottom of the 4th with the bases loaded, the phrase ‘bounce back’ was not an appropriate word for Cleveland audiences. But the IBI's John Grimm explains in great detail how Cabrera's final 2013 numbers were affected by some poor luck and how he just may be in line for a bounce back year in 2014.