The winter meetings are over and everyone has gone home. The Indians were very active on the free agent and trade fronts, but were unable to come away from the meetings with any new acquisitions in tow. But the offseason continues on, and the Indians are clearly looking to sign both Nick Swisher and Kevin Youkilis and trade Asdrubal Cabrera.
Day four of the winter meetings is almost in the books. The news and rumors are winding down as people have already began departing Nashville, but the activity should continue through most of the rest of today. The Indians appear out of the blockbuster deal that centered around Justin Upton going to Texas, but they are still wheeling and dealing with trade talks on Cabrera. A decision on Kevin Youkilis could also be near, and lots more.
The Indians lost left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland and right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft today. Here are the 2012 scouting reports that were posted to the site and published in the 2012 Indians Prospect Insider book back in February.
The 2012 Rule 5 Draft kicks off today at 10:00am ET. The Indians have an open spot on the 40-man roster, so while they are not expected to select anyone they have the ability to do so. 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.
Here are some quick notes and news bits connected to the Indians coming out of Nashville as day four of the winter meetings gets underway today. The convoluted and crazy three or four team deal between the Indians, Rangers, Diamondbacks and other teams continues to dominate the news, and it appears momentum is being gained to get a deal done. Either way, it looks like Asdrubal Cabrera is not going to be an Indian for very much longer.
Day three of the winter meetings is almost in the books. The news and rumors will surely continue into the night, and if anything of substance regarding the Indians has legs we will provide the update on Twitter and on the “news” page here on the site. But in the mean time here is a rundown of all the happenings today with players like Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera, Kevin Youkilis, Trevor Bauer, Shin-Soo Choo and many others.
Here are some quick notes and news bits connected to the Indians coming out of Nashville in day three of the winter meetings today. Is Jason Bay close to signing with the Indians? Is an Asdrubal Cabrera trade close? What else is up? Tony and the rest of the IPI staff will have a much more thorough update on all of this and more in the Winter Meetings daily recap piece later this afternoon.
The Rule 5 Draft gets underway tomorrow at 10:00am ET. The Major League portion of the draft only lasts maybe 15-30 minutes and is over before it starts, but there are a few names from the Indians that could be called by other teams. Tony provides a listing of the top 7-8 players from the Indians which will generate the most interest and their likelihood of being selected, and he also goes through EVERY single Indians player eligible for the draft and discusses their chances of going in the draft.
Day two of the winter meetings is almost in the books. The news and rumors will surely continue into the night, and if anything of substance regarding the Indians has legs we will provide the update on Twitter and on the “news” page here on the site. But in the mean time here is a rundown of all the happenings today with players like Shane Victorino, Asdrubal Cabrera, Kevin Youkilis, Edwin Jackson and many others.
Here are some quick notes and news bits connected to the Indians coming out of Nashville in day two of the winter meetings today. Tony and the rest of the IPI staff will have a much more thorough update on all of this and more in the Winter Meetings daily recap piece later this afternoon.
It was a quiet night in winter ball for the Indians as two of the leagues were not in action, and there were just three games total that were played in the Dominican Winter League and Venezuela Winter League. But the was still some Indians action last night, and Tony chimes in with an update on how things went for Carlos Santana on the night.
Day one of the winter meetings is almost in the books. The news and rumors will surely continue into the night, and if anything of substance regarding the Indians has legs we here at the IPI will continue to provide updates. Tony gets us all up to speed on all the Happenings out in Nashville and who the Indians are talking to, and provides lots of insight on all the rumors from the first full day at the winter meetings.
Later today Tony will provide an extensive recap on the Indians activity and rumors at the first day of the Winter Meetings, but here are some quick notes and news bits on things connected to the Indians coming out of Nashville today. Asdrubal Cabrera continues to garner interest from teams, the Indians miss out on James Loney, they may wait on Delmon Young, and more.
Low-A Lake County had the youngest team in the Midwest League and caught fire in the second half to get into the playoffs. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with former manager and now new High-A Carolina manager Dave Wallace about the season his players had and how they improved over the course of the season. Players discussed include Jose Ramirez, Jake Lowery, Jerrud Sabourin, Jordan Smith, Francisco Lindor and more.
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the third basemen in the Indians system. With the graduation of Lonnie Chisenhall to the big leagues, the Indians lack immediate big league options at the position but have a lot of young talent with upside a few years away. Tony talks about Kyle Bellows, Leonardo Castillo, Erik Gonzalez, Nick Hamilton, Todd Hankins, Yonathan Mendoza, Giovanny Urshela, Joe Wendle, and all the rest of the third basemen up and down the system and ranks them all, talks about their potential, and what kind of big league future they have.
Well, this is it. This is the time the Indians can prove a lot of naysayers wrong this offseason by making a few well orchestrated moves this week in Nashville during the frenzy that is the baseball winter meetings. The Indians have spent a lot of time the past two months assessing their roster and how they can fill the holes they have, but will they be one of the busier teams on the rumor front this week (as expected) or will they once again stand on the sidelines and watch? Tony has thoughts on that and lots more...
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