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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.
December 5, 2013   (5 comments)
Coach's Corner '13: Mahoning Valley hitting coach Shaun Larkin
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Larkin and talked about several of the hitters he worked with this season at Mahoning Valley. They discussed the strides that Nellie Rodriguez made from his early season struggles, the improvements Claudio Bautista and Josh McAdams continue to make, getting Robel Garcia to trust his abilities, the excitement that Joel Mejia brings as a prospect, and more.
December 3, 2013   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Ramirez's winter season looks to be over
With regular Winter Ball Notebook contributor Steve Orbanek temporarily away, the IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in with lots of interesting news and notes from the happenings for Indians players in the winter leagues. He talks about a recent injury to Jose Ramirez which appears to have prematurely ended his winter ball campaign, the insertion of Elvis Araujo into the rotation, and much more.
December 2, 2013   (5 comments)
Indians nontender Marson, make other roster moves
The Indians today announced that they tendered contracts to outfielder Michael Brantley, right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson, right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, outfielder Drew Stubbs and right-handed starting pitcher Josh Tomlin. They did not tender a contract to catcher Lou Marson.
December 2, 2013   (28 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Is there a chance Jimenez resigns?
In its new Monday slot, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in with a lot of things in Tribe Happenings. He looks at the starting pitching market and why there may be an outside shot that the Indians can resign free agent Ubaldo Jimenez. He also discusses the many question marks the team has going into next season, the amount of depth they have built on the field, the experiment of Carlos Santana at third base, today's tender deadline, and more.
December 1, 2013   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: November 30, 2013
It was a wild Saturday in college football filled with amazing games, pressure packed situations, and memorable plays.....but outside of the United States it was another day of winter baseball. The Indians had several players in action, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps how they did.
November 29, 2013   (3 comments)
Coach's Corner '13: Ruben Niebla Part 2
On Wednesday the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted part one of his extensive interview with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla. In that piece we discussed a lot of the strides made and some struggled encountered by a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates. In today's second part, he provides Niebla’s thoughts on a bevy of young arms at the short season levels, gets into several of the philosophical and mechanical changes the Indians implemented in 2013 with how they develop pitchers, and discussed a ton of velocity jumps made by a litany of pitchers this season.
November 29, 2013   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: November 28, 2013
It may have been Thanksgiving on Thursday in the United States, but for most of the rest of the world it was just like any other day. The winter ball action continued in Australia and the Venezuela and the highlight of the night came from lefty Elvis Araujo who put forth his best outing of his winter campaign so far.
November 28, 2013   (7 comments)
A quick note of thanks on Thanksgiving
From all of us here at Indians Baseball Insider, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks to all of our loyal readers for your support and for reading!
November 27, 2013   (7 comments)
Coach's Corner '13: Ruben Niebla Part 1
The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla and discussed the strides and sometimes the struggles for a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates this year. They talked about how Dylan Baker and Cody Anderson have separated themselves as prospects, the development of Shawn Morimando and Joe Colon, the rise of Will Roberts and Matt Packer, the work being done with Trevor Bauer, the resurgence of Bryan Price, and lots more.
November 25, 2013   (4 comments)
Orioles claim Phelps off waivers, Indians DFA Cloyd
The Indians made it official on Monday as they added free agent outfielder David Murphy to the roster. To make room on the roster they DFAed right-handed Tyler Cloyd. They also received word that infielder Cord Phelps was lost on waivers.
November 25, 2013   (2 comments)
Indians lose Flores and Espino
The Indians have lost two of their better minor league free agents to free agency as right-handed pitcher Jose Flores has signed a minor league deal with the Athletics and right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino has signed a minor league deal with the Cubs.
November 24, 2013   (31 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Roster review, Murphy thoughts & Smith bolts
The Indians made several additions to the 40-man roster earlier in the week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews the decisions. He also touches on the David Murphy signing, looks at the possibility that one of Drew Stubbs or Michael Bourn is dealt, offers up some quick thoughts on the departure of Joe Smith to the Angels, and more!
November 22, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 21, 2013
Things were a quieter than usual on Thursday in winter ball as only one Indians player was in action. With the lack of Indians activity, the IBI's Tony Lastoria took the opportunity to catch up on some old friends who are playing winter ball to see how they are doing. Do you remember guys like Hector Rondon and Jon Meloan?
November 21, 2013   (0 comments)
Indians sign lefty Mike Zagurski to minor league deal
The Indians have signed left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training.
November 21, 2013   (6 comments)
Breakout Barometer: Jesus Aguilar
This is a new feature here at the IBI, one where IBI prospect guru Tony Lastoria takes a deeper look into prospects that may be on the rise or those that are already established who need to take that next step to get to the big leagues and stay. For today’s debut piece, Tony felt a perfect jumping off point was first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who was just added to the 40-man roster on Wednesday. He takes an unbiased look at what kind of year Aguilar really had and what he can be going forward.

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