January 28, 2014 (29 comments)
All signs are beginning to point to 2014 being the last year of Justin Masterson pitching in an Indians uniform. 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 Masterson contract extension situation, David Ortiz's future with the Red Sox, and more.
January 27, 2014 (27 comments)
Barring a last minute change of heart by both sides, the Indians and ace pitcher Justin Masterson appear to be heading to arbitration. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria says that finding a fair deal with the Indians on a contract extension may be a wise move for him and his agent. Tony also explains why he is becoming a believer in Carlos Santana playing third base, why Jim Thome should not be getting a statue, his thoughts on a successful Tribe Fest event and more.
January 27, 2014 (10 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown begins with right-handed pitcher Will Roberts. Roberts is a big, durable arm that the Indians felt made some good strides in 2013 and has been overlooked in their system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives all the details about his stuff, projection and all of the things he worked on in 2013 and what he needs to improve on in 2014 and beyond to be a legit major league starting pitching option for the Indians.
January 27, 2014 (12 comments)
With some major free agent dominoes falling lately, we may be in for a hectic week of baseball news. 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 Brewers finalizing their deal with Matt Garza, Jason Kipnis talking contract extension, and more.
January 27, 2014 (0 comments)
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido teammates knotted up their series at 3-3 winning Game 6 of the Serie FInal in the Dominican Winter League. Santana has been his usual on-base machine self in the playoffs and impacted the game reaching base three times in five plate appearances. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performance and reviews the results of all the other league championship results in winter ball.
January 26, 2014 (12 comments)
Carlos Santana is the Cleveland Indians' best offensive player, but after signing Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and David Murphy, along with the emergence of Yan Gomes, he seems to be a player without a position. With an organizational movement in full effect to move the slugger to third base, will this Santana Shift experiment be successful? Join Jim Pete with this week's power poll looking at a potential move to third base for the Indians' guitar-playing slugger...
January 26, 2014 (21 comments)
Sometimes things come natural. For Indians legend Jim Thome, the game of baseball was just that. The left-handed slugger had the natural ability to be a presence in the batter's box, and of course, knock 'em out of the park. Cleveland announced they will unveil the new Thome statue at Progressive Field on August 2. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz caught up with Thome at TribeFest and shares his thoughts on the future ballpark fixture.
January 26, 2014 (6 comments)
No Indians played in winter ball for the Indians on Saturday night, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares some interesting details on the development of Carlos Santana at third base. First, with the first visual evidence of his progression and then some direct quotes from his manager predicting just how good he can be. Also, all of the updated stats for players in the playoffs are listed.
January 25, 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 25, 2014 (3 comments)
On Friday, the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted the first part of his Q&A with Clint Frazier talking about the process leading up to the draft, the Indians pursuit of him and how draft day went. Today, in the second and final part, Frazier and Tony talk about his first foray into pro ball, what he learned, what he struggled with, what adjustments he has made, how he is preparing for this season, his interactions with Francisco Lindor and more.
January 25, 2014 (1 comments)
Now that Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the Yankees, rumors involving the remaining free agent pitchers are intensifying. 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 post-Tanaka pitching market, the Twins still looking to add impact players, and more.
January 25, 2014 (1 comments)
Carlos Santana reached base four times on Friday night as his team won for the second straight night to pull to within three games to two in their best of nine series. In other action, Ryan Battaglia started for Brisbane in the Australian Baseball League. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action in all the winter leagues in another daily dose of ATF....
January 24, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down for an hour for an in-person interview with Indians 2013 first round pick outfielder Clint Frazier. In part one below, Frazier discusses in detail his experiences leading up to the draft, how he was discovered, his interactions with several Indians personnel leading up to the draft, his poor performance in front of Chris Antonetti, his relationship with Austin Meadows, how it came down to the Red Sox and Indians, and more.
January 24, 2014 (4 comments)
Thursday was a day full of conflicting reports - which has become a theme this offseason. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichol will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a holdup in the Matt Garza deal, Grant Balfour finding a new home, and more.
January 24, 2014 (1 comments)
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido team got back on track on Thursday night with a much needed 6-5 win. Down 3 games to none in the nine-game series, Santana broke the ice off his week long cold spell with a two-run homer and a half dozen plays in the field at third base. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details...
January 23, 2014 (30 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top Prospect countdown is here.....well....sort of. Tomorrow we kick things off with the first player in the on-line listing with #50, but today Tony sets us all up with a preview to help explain where the Indians' system is at the moment, the strengths and weaknesses of the system, the breakout candidates, who is eligible to be ranked, and all the guidelines for the ranking.
January 23, 2014 (43 comments)
At long last, no more Masahiro Tanaka rumors! The offseason can now move on. 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 Yankees deal with Tanaka, Grady Sizemore landing a Major League deal, and more.
January 23, 2014 (3 comments)
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido team lost again on Wednesday night and are now down 0-3 in their league championship series in the Dominican Winter League. Santana had a good game at the plate, an area of his game he has struggled at recently, and the IBI's Michael Goodman recaps his outing...
January 22, 2014 (4 comments)
Carrying a very solid walk rate and an excellent line-drive tendency, the Indians are counting on Kipnis to be a cornerstone for the Indians offense in 2014 and beyond. Yet while he had a career high 17-home run season in 2013, those expecting a 2014 power surge from Jason Kipnis may be disappointed. The IBI's John Grimm explains with some stunning analysis and detail, and shows just where his true value may be as a hitter.
January 22, 2014 (21 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have quietly treaded water this offseason, striking to sign low-cost players to fill the holes that were in their roster. The Indians are ready to head to spring training with their current roster next month, but are cautiously optimistic that another move or two could be made before the season starts in April. Join Jim Pete with this weeks Corner, as he explores a Jeff Samardzija trade, and how difficult it's going to be to get those final moves.