Cleveland got itself an early Christmas present, as Nick Swisher agreed to sign with the team Sunday morning. As exciting as it is to see the biggest free agent contract in team history signed, such a deal does not come without risk. At 32, Swisher is more likely to get worse than better, meaning that contract could get ugly at the end. Jim Piascik analyzes the downside to the signing and what pressures that puts on 2013.
With Christmas two days away, talk about putting a little something big in the stockings of Indians fans. The Cleveland Indians and free agent outfielder Nick Swisher have reportedly agreed to terms on a four year $56 million option. The contract also includes a vesting club option for 2017 for $14 million, which could bring the total contract to five years $70 million. Details after the jump...
We will be posting lots of videos to the site over the next several days, and today we continue on with the third batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Leonardo Castillo, Chun Chen, Shao-Ching Chiang, Dwight Childs, Delvi Cid, Joseph Colon, Clayton Cook, Cole Cook, Jordan Cooper and Geoff Davenport.
In today's notebook Tony gets us up to speed on where things are with Nick Swisher. It has been a LONG process but the Indians continue to hang in and they still look like the most likely destination for him. Tony also provides some thoughts and insight on how the Mark Reynolds signing can help, what recent signing Scott Kazmir's real value is, whether the Indians lost anything of value in Russ Canzler, and lots more.
There was plenty to smile about with regards to the Indians' prospects in the Winter Leagues on Saturday Night. Giovanni Soto continued his scoreless streak with another superb outing in relief. Paulo Espino returned to form after giving up seven in a brief and painful outing during his last start. Join Jim Pete with the Saturday edition of ATF, where the pitchers took center stage.
We will be posting lots of videos to the site over the next several days, and today we continue on with the second batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Eric Berger, Kyle Blair, Brett Brach, Marcus Bradley, Mark Brown, Rob Bryson, Andrew Campbell, Tyler Cannon, Manny Carmona, and up-and coming shortstop prospect Ivan Castillo.
It was a busy night around the winter leagues on Friday as the Dominican Winter League played its final round of regular season games. Jose Ramirez's team, Toros del Este, will be advancing to the next round, but what about Carlos Santana and his team, Leones Del Escogido? Plus, in other action, Ryan Battaglia and Andrew Campbell continue to rake in the Australian Baseball League, and a former Cleveland Indian put together a monster performance Friday. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have reached an agreement with free agent left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir on a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training. He is expected to compete for a spot in the Indians rotation, but will probably be a depth option that opens the season in the minors.
it's been a busy week in winter ball as the first round of the Dominican Winter League ends tonight, so teams have been trying to make their playoff push. Along a way, a handful of Indians players, such as Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez and Mikes McDade, have been trying to help power their teams to the next round. Yet, unfortunately, not every player has been having success in the process. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the winter action in this week's edition of the WInter Ball Notebook.
Today is the first batch of 2013 scouting videos we will be posting to the site over the next several days. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Adam Abraham, Jesus Aguilar, Cody Allen, Cody Anderson, Elvis Araujo, Shawn Armstrong, Robbie Aviles, Scott Barnes, Ryan Battaglia, and Kyle Bellows.
The Maya were wrong, so here's the final installment in the TR's seven week look back at the player movement for the past season in the Cleveland Indians organization. Today's stop is the non-post-apocalyptic Indians Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona, home to the Rookie-level Arizona League Indians.
If you're reading this, then it appears we have all survived the Mayan apocalypse. And since the simple act of a calendar running out of room (which seems to happen on my wall every year) has failed to predict the end of the world, it is time to dive into the action from around the winter leagues. Join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm, checking in with Andrew Campbell, Roberto Perez, and more.
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the right fielders in the Indians system. With the Indians recent trade of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo they have a glaring hole they need to fill in right field in the short term and long term, and while the internal options in the short term are limited, the Indians have some interesting prototype right field prospects moving up the minor league ladder. Tony looks at all of the right field options the Indians have in their system all the way to the Dominican Summer League, and breaks down the potential and future for the likes of Hector Caro, Victor De Jesus, Josh McAdams, Carlos Moncrief, Bryson Myles, Juan Romero, Brian Ruiz, Jordan Smith, Omar Sanchez, and several others.
It has been years since Cleveland had flexibility with the designated hitter spot, as Travis Hafner's complete inability to play in the field relegated him to full-time DH status. Now that Hafner is not expected to be with the team in 2013, Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona have the ability to use the DH spot as a way to keep the everyday players fresh. But exactly how would that fall out? Jim Piascik takes a stab at fitting the pieces together and offers how he thinks it could all fall together.
After a nearly three week absence, Jesus Aguilar once again appeared in a winter ball contest on Wednesday, and while the slugger's appearance was brief, it was positive nonetheless. Plus, Mike McDade had a strong night at the plate, and Carlos Santana continues to draw walks and strikeout at a very high rate. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!