Entering 2013, the Indians had as stable a backend of the bullpen with Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Fast forward to the end of the season, and suddenly it might be the most unstable position on the team since Smith is a free agent, Perez was released, and Pestano is a complete unknown after a tough 2013 because of injury and performance issues. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at the free agent relievers and how they might fit with the Indians this offseason and fill a need for the team.
Jesus Aguilar was in the news tonight and surprisingly not because of his bat. The Tribe slugging prospect got his first start over at third base on Wednesday. In Arizona, Tyler Naquin had a rare 0-5 night while Jake Lowery reached base three times. The IBI's Michael Goodman reports all the action in Around the Farm.
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 one of the League Park Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Minnie Minoso, Andre Thornton, Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Bert Blyleven, Jim Thome, Nap Lajoie and others, and once again there were a few surprising upsets in the first round.
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said," Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it; not hard enough and it flies away." Terry Francona seems to have the perfect grasp when it comes to holding the Indians together. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz discusses why Francona will once again prove to be valuable this offseason.
We are a week into the Hot Stove season of the 2013-2014 baseball season, and the rumors and innuendos are already at play. Chris Perez is gone, Jason Giambi is back, and Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Joe Smith and Matt Albers are leaving/staying/leaving/staying. Terry Francona has reached out to an old friend in Tim Hudson, and the ball is rolling at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Join Jim Pete as he weaves through it all...
Shawn Armstrong had a nice outing in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday and appears to be settling in and pitching well after a tough 2013 campaign at Double-A Akron. The IBI's Arthur Kinney touches on that performance and much more in his trek around the winter leagues.
Amazingly, the 2013 Arizona Fall League season wraps up late next week. It has been a little more condensed version than in years past, but it still has given players from all 30 organizations a chance to face some of the best talent in the upper levels of the minors for five weeks. One player who has benefited from that exposure has been right-handed pitcher Will Roberts, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently talked to him to see how things are going.
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 one of the Stadium Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Victor Martinez, Joe Carter, Asdrubal Cabrera, Toby Harrah, Charles Nagy, Travis Fryman, Mel Harder, Robbie Alomar, Luis Tiant and others, and a few of them are out of the tourney after a first round exit.
Chris Antonetti and the Indians organization parted ways with the former All-Star closer last week via unconditional release. So now the question is, who will be the Tribe’s lockdown man moving forward and where will they find him? Enter Bryan Shaw, the young right-hander who made a solid impression in his first year with the Featherheads. Jake Dungan explains why Shaw should get the job in this week's edition of Swinging for the Fences.
It was another huge night for Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin who is destroying the AFL. He has made a few really positive signs over the past week where he has increased the frequency of extra base hits and continued to limit strikeouts, a develop that the IBI's Michael Hattery touches on. He talks about that and all the rest of the Indians winter ball action on Monday night....
In part one, the IBI's Andy Nichols discussed possible free agent targets the Indians may look to add in order to help their rotation in the event that Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir find themselves a new home this winter. Today, in part two, he divulges into potential trade targets. This is always a tricky undertaking, as it's hard to know which players will be made available by their teams, especially this early in the offseason, but Andy comes up with a pretty nice list.
With the Puerto Rican League beginning play on Friday, all of the numerous winter ball leagues have now officially begun their seasons. A number of Indians players continue to make major impressions, and one of the biggest impressions is coming from outfielder Tyler Naquin, who has been tremendous thus far. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on Naquin's performance and more in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
The Arizona Fall League was off as usual on Sunday, but the winter league slate was jam-packed as usual in the Caribbean. Players like Paolo Espino, Carlos Moncrief, Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez and many others were in action, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps how they did in his trek Around the Farm....
The Cleveland Indians rotation in 2013 surprised many as it proved to be the driving force for an Indians playoff berth. With the possible departure of Ubaldo Jimenez and/or Scott Kazmir, the Indians may be looking to reload on the starting pitching front. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a deep look at all of the starting pitching options available in free agency and who may be a good fit for the Indians.
The 2014 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!