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December 16, 2013   (7 comments)
Axford deal is done pending physical, Marcum signed
The Indians and right-handed closer John Axford are set to sign a one year $4.5 million deal that will include an additional $1.75 million in incentives based on games finished. He is expected to undergo a physical on Wednesday after which the deal will be formally announced provided he passes it. The Indians have also signed right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum to a minor league deal.
December 16, 2013   (14 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Winter Meetings provide clarity to closer role
A rather large edition of Tribe Happenings today! The IBI's Tony Lastoria chimes in and gives his thoughts at the Indians lack of deals at the Winter Meetings, looks at the signing of John Axford as the team's new closer and why it concerns him, why he's completely on board with the Indians using Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in middle relief, why the chances of a Justin Masterson extension may hinge on what happens with Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana this offseason, and much more!
December 15, 2013   (18 comments)
Indians, Axford reach agreement on deal
Per ESPN's Buster Olney, the Indians have an agreement with free agent right-handed closer John Axford. The deal is pending a physical and terms of the deal are not known at this time.
December 15, 2013   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: December 14, 2013
A full slate of action was on tap throughout the Indians organization on Saturday night. Carlos Santana played his second game at third base in the Dominican and while the bat was good the defense was very shaky. Also, Jesus Aguilar did not homer but there is some growing controversy as his Caracas team is upset with the Indians about requesting he end his winter ball campaign. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews all the action in Around the Farm...
December 13, 2013   (5 comments)
Indians sign David Adams, resign Carson and Cloyd
The Indians have announced that they have signed infielder David Adams to a major league contract. They have also signed right-handed pitcher Travis Banwart, outfielder Matt Carson and right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd to minor league deals and extended them invites to major league spring training.
December 13, 2013   (7 comments)
Brady's striking pro debut brings a lot of hope for his future
The Indians continue to focus on picking up young, upside arms from the draft to add to the starting pitching mix in the minors. While they have not had a lot of luck in this endeavor in previous years, they have adjusted the development process for starting pitchers which may help them going forward. One such new arm added to the mix this year was 2013 5th round draft pick left-hander Sean Brady, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and talked with him about his pro debut and the draft.
December 13, 2013   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: December 12, 2013
Players are starting to come and go in winter ball. Already several players have had their seasons end for various reasons, and in today's Around the Farm the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on when Carlos Santana will make his debut and also gives the scoop on Jesus Aguilar's season coming to an end soon.
December 12, 2013   (17 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Indians are hot after a closer
The Winter Meetings have wrapped up, but the news and rumors continue to trickle in. The big news over the last 24 hours is the Indians pursuit of a closer which appears to be heating up as they reportedly have offers out to John Axford and Jaoquin Benoit. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about this development and how important it is to solidify the backend of the bullpen, and he also provides updates on other Indians related news.
December 12, 2013   (10 comments)
2013 Rule 5 Draft: Live blog
The 2013 Rule 5 Draft kicks off today at 9:00am ET. The Indians have an open spot on the 40-man roster, so they could be on the hunt for a pen arm to bring to spring training and see what happens with him. Also, there are a few interesting players that the Indians left unprotected who could be selected. Follow this running blog as the draft commences over the next hour to see who the Indians possibility select or lose in the draft.
December 11, 2013   (26 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Lots of mixed messages on Masterson
Day three of the Winter Meetings is coming to a close. The Indians have not made a trade and have been quiet on the free agent front, but the Justin Masterson trade possibility continues to dominate the Indians related news. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the mixed messages being sent about whether or not the Indians really are considering trading Masterson and also reviews and provides insight into all of the Indians related news at the Winter Meetings.
December 11, 2013   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '13: Double-A Akron hitting coach Jim Rickon
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with Double-A Akron hitting coach Jim Rickon. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Rickon and talked about all of the major players that he worked with this season at Akron. They discussed the big step forward that Jesus Aguilar took, the strides that Carlos Moncrief has made to become a star, the impressive hitting skills that Jose Ramirez possesses, and much more on several other players named Urshela, Holt, Rodriguez, Lowery, Naquin, Lindor and so on.
December 10, 2013   (15 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Indians listening on Masterson, Cabrera
Day two of the 2013 Winter Meetings is wrapping up. The free agent rumors are starting to heat up and the trade activity has increased with two big trades so far on the day. Things are a little quieter on the Indians front, though quite a stir was created when word got out how the Indians are "listening" to offers for Justin Masterson. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why they are doing this, talks about Asdrubal Cabera's market, and provides updates and thoughts on all the Indians-related news at the Winter Meetings.
December 10, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Rule 5 Draft preview
The 2013 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 12th at 10:00 a.m. ET and unofficially closes the Winter Meetings. It does not get big headlines, but there are some players taken in the hopes of filling out a major league roster and sometimes some good players are unearthed which become regulars or even All Stars. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at all of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 35 players.
December 9, 2013   (15 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Indians resign Cooper, talk to Balfour
Day one of the 2013 Winter Meetings is almost in the books. Teams are just starting to get things going with all of the wheeling and dealing, and the Indians have already made one small signing inking David Cooper to a major league deal. The Indians have also approached players like Grant Balfour, Jason Hammel and others. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the first day of action and gives his thoughts on all the news and rumors pertaining to the Indians.
December 9, 2013   (7 comments)
Indians show interest in free agents Cooper, Hammel
The Indians have been reported as interested in free agent first baseman David Cooper and free agent right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel.
December 9, 2013   (7 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Managing expectations at the Winter Meetings
After a successful season where the Indians improved by 24 games in the win column and made the playoffs, there are high expectations for the 2014 season. Fans expect the Indians to maintain their status as a playoff caliber team and improve the roster so that they can go deeper into the playoffs and potentially win a World Series. The Indians have descended upon the Winter Meetings in Orlando and the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks into what should realistically should be expected this offseason, the preparations made for the Winter Meetings, a significant injury to Jose Ramirez, and more.
December 8, 2013   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: December 7, 2013
Sorry Ohio fans, your college football team let you down on Saturday night losing to Michigan State 34-24. But whether you are for or against the Buckeyes, we have the recap from all of the "other" important action in the sports world......from winter league baseball! The Indians have some new players starting to get into games in various winter leagues, one being Tyler Sturdevant, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about him and more in Around the Farm...
December 6, 2013   (4 comments)
IBI Chat 1.01 - 12/6 Chat transcript
With the Winter Meetings just hours away we felt like today would be a good time to debut our first IBI Chat. We have done these for a few games in the past, but going forward we plan to have weekly or bi-weekly chat sessions at a designated time to discuss things about the Indians. This is the transcript from today's chat...
December 6, 2013   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: December 5, 2013
First baseman Jesus Aguilar was at it again on Thursday night as he ripped his 13th homer of the offseason in the eighth inning helping jumpstart a Caracas comeback and send the game into extra innings, and then a 10th inning double put in him position to score the game winning run. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps Aguilar's showing and all the rest of the Indians action from Thursday in Around the Farm...
December 5, 2013   (3 comments)
Tribe Madness: Stadium Region semi-finals results
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 the semi-final round of the Stadium Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Charlie Hickman up against Luis Tiant in one matchup and Mel Harder against Terry Turner in the other.

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