January 15, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have spent the last three months quietly navigating their way through the hot stove season. With the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers creating a vacuum of negativity with their questionable moves and unmotivated play, have the Indians wasted an opportunity to fill the void? What do the Indians have to do to be deemed a success, and is it realistic? Join Jim Pete as he talks 2014 at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario...
January 15, 2014 (13 comments)
For the first time in two weeks, we have a Major League signing - albeit a small one. 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 a rival executive's take on the David Price situation, the Indians bringing Nyjer Morgan to camp, and more.
January 15, 2014 (0 comments)
Around the Farm was absent on Tuesday because no Indians were in action on Monday thanks to a scheduled off day for most winter league teams. The playoffs kicked back into gear on Tuesday and both Carlos Santana and Jesus Aguilar were in action. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performances...
January 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training. The signing has yet to be officially announced by the team, but has been reported via several national media outlets.
January 14, 2014 (4 comments)
If you want to find one of the key reasons for Cleveland's big turnaround from 2012 to 2013, just look at the upgrades on the bench -- like the addition of Mike Aviles. The funny thing about Aviles, though, is that even though he was an upgrade over the 2012 bench, his 2013 season was not all that impressive. Jim Piascik analyzes why that was and breaks down the infielder's plate discipline and what it means for Aviles' offense last year and in the future.
January 14, 2014 (12 comments)
Here we are heading into the fifth year since the dreaded Cliff Lee trade. But before we say happy anniversary, let's look at this trade and see how it has panned out. The Indians got Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Jason Knapp, who have since moved on due to injury, inconsistency or other reasons. That leaves the centerpiece of the deal, Carlos Carrasco. Can he finally reach his full potential? The IBI's Jake Dungan analyzes.
January 14, 2014 (4 comments)
As we close in on the midway point of January, we have still yet to see a Major League signing this month. 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 Orioles news, Jeremy Guthrie restructures his contract, and more.
January 13, 2014 (26 comments)
It is mid-January which is the time when teams start talking to their arbitration eligible players about one year deals to avoid arbitration. That is what the Indians are doing with Justin Masterson right now though they have also started talks on a multi-year deal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the important of those talks and how they could affect any possible re-signing of Ubaldo Jimenez, and he also looks at the Indians catching situation, the intrigue of Jeff Francoeur, the logo change and much more...
January 13, 2014 (13 comments)
Indians outfield prospect Bryson Myles suffered a shoulder injury early in the 2013 season. The setback was frustrating and certainly a diversion, but it led to some soul-searching that may have turned his season and even career around. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with to discuss his 2013 season and everything you took from it.
January 13, 2014 (0 comments)
January winds on without much activity in the MLB world. 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 still trying to extend Jeff Samardzija, the Yankees in the wake of the A-Rod suspension, and more.
January 13, 2014 (1 comments)
The Indians had players in action in all three winter leagues in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the day that was that had several Indians players contributing to the postseason hopes for several winter teams.
January 12, 2014 (2 comments)
Here is a final listing of all the players in the Cleveland Indians minor league system that were been released over the course of the 2013 calendar year. This listing is permanently located in the navigation bar below the site title under the "Transactions" heading.
January 12, 2014 (6 comments)
A decision on Alex Rodriguez's suspension appeal has been made. 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 Rodriguez suspension, what the Rangers will due after the Derek Holland injury, and more.
January 12, 2014 (8 comments)
Carlos Santana and Jesus Aguilar were both in action once again on Saturday night. Santana was his normal on-base making self and Aguilar proved to be human, but the interesting story of the night is Asdrubal Cabrera suiting up for Caracas. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about what Cabrera has been up to and his plans in Venezuela.
January 11, 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 11, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament wraps up with the results from the championship game matchup between Luis Tiant (1968) and Addie Joss (1908). Both pitchers dominated baseball in the year represented for each, and it is no surprise to see both matched up as the last men standing in this tourney!
January 11, 2014 (17 comments)
The Rangers suffered a big blow to their starting rotation that could change their offseason plans. 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 Derek Holland injury, the Indians attempts at an extension with Justin Masterson, and more.
January 11, 2014 (7 comments)
Jesus "RBI Machine" Aguilar plated another three runs on Friday night in the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs. He finished with a home run, a double and two walks. Meanwhile, Carlos Santana had another poor winter ball playoff showing at the plate despite drawing two walks. He served as the DH on Friday, so no defensive news to report. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he recaps another night in the winter leagues.
January 10, 2014 (24 comments)
As is the case every year, Baseball America released its Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects list on Wednesday. As most expected, Francisco Lindor was ranked No. 1 overall, but there were also some notable omissions. The same could be said for Baseball Prospectus' list, which was released in November. So, did these national publications get it right? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 10, 2014 (2 comments)
Today, we wrap up our offseason Coach's Corner series with part two of our two-part interview with former High-A Carolina and new Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace. In part one, the IBI's Tony Lastoria and Wallace talked about Tony Wolters, Joey Wendle, Erik Gonzalez, Bryson Myles, Alex Lavisky and others, and in part two they discussed several other top prospects that Wallace worked with in Carolina. He talked about the impact both Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin had to the roster and what makes them so special, the bulldog mentality of Cody Anderson, the natural hitting ability of Jordan Smith, the growth of Shawn Morimando, the confidence in Jerrud Sabourin and so much more.