December 11, 2014 (40 comments)
The annual Rule 5 Draft is today at 12pm ET and will signal the unofficial end of the winter meetings in San Diego. The Indians have a full 40-man roster so will not select anyone, but they have a few players who might get selected in the Major League phase. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the last minute details on the draft and will update the picks as they happen (or don't).
December 11, 2014 (4 comments)
The Dodgers stole the show at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday with a series of moves to change the makeup of their roster by making three trades and one free agent signing. The net result was a new rotation member and All Star keystone combination. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their big day and all the other signings, trades and rumors from San Diego.
December 10, 2014 (14 comments)
Things were much busier in San Diego on Wednesday at the winter meetings (and the day is still not over) as Jon Lester’s deal with the Cubs got things kick started again with signings, trades and rumors. The Indians have not made any moves since the Brandon Moss pickup on Monday, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that their name popped up in a few interesting rumors, two of which for outfielder Alex Rios and lefty starter Brett Anderson.
December 10, 2014 (24 comments)
There were a few free agents signings and a few notable trades on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. The IBI''s Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from a relatively quiet day around winter ball. He provides updates on several notable free agent signs, a few trades and all of the other news of the day.
December 9, 2014 (11 comments)
The news was much quieter on the free agent and trade front on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings as it seems like a lot of the industry is in a holding pattern waiting for Jon Lester to make a decision. Once he signs, the flood gates could open as so many held up free agent deals and trades could be unleashed. The Indians were not involved in any news or rumors on Tuesday, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes some rumors from other teams that the Indians could end up getting more involved in among other things.
December 9, 2014 (1 comments)
There were only two games played throughout winter ball on Monday. Perhaps everyone scheduled an off day in order to keep up with all of the Hot Stove action going on at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. In any case, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in on an old friend Roman Pena and also provides an update on how Anthony Gallas and Jesus Aguilar did on Monday.
December 8, 2014 (29 comments)
Day one of the 2014 Winter Meetings in San Diego is almost in the books, but the big news of the day has come out of Oakland and Cleveland as they finally put the finishing touches on the Brandon Moss deal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at Moss looking at his power, defense, injury, roster fit and much more, plus he gives other thoughts on who might go now that Moss has been added. He also provides all the Indians related rumors from the day...
December 8, 2014 (35 comments)
As the Winter Meetings get cranked up today, the Indians sit in a good spot as an organization. Like every team they have holes on the roster they would like to fill and they will explore with tinkering with their roster, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that they have a lot of roster flexibility and control that puts them in a good spot this offseason. He also breaks down the incredible amount of depth they have created, runs down the list of notable Winter Meetings moments in the past for the Indians and more.
December 8, 2014 (0 comments)
For those who have noticed, Jose Ramirez has not played since November 29th. Some have wondered if he is hurt or if he has been held out of action the past week because he might be in trade talks with Oakland. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides an update on his whereabouts, notes the return of a big Indians prospect and more...
December 8, 2014 (16 comments)
The annual Baseball Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday. Well, everyone simply arrived in San Diego on Sunday and all of the true wheeling and dealing is expected to begin on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news and notes from the day as well as some momentum potentially being gained in a Kemp deal to an American League team.
December 7, 2014 (6 comments)
The 2014 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 11th 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 every one of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 50 players!
December 6, 2014 (2 comments)
This is a continuation of this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” where the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Phil Clark. In part one they talked about players like Bradley Zimmer, Greg Allen and others, and in the second half of this interview they talked about the inconsistent but encouraging showing from Steven Patterson, the adjustments Francisco Mejia is implementing at the plate, getting more consistency out of Taylor Murphy’s at bats, the incremental strides D’Vone McClure is making and the adjustments Drake Roberts is making to his swing.
December 6, 2014 (2 comments)
Youth always brings excitement, especially when that youth happens to be a 6-feet-6 245-pound lefty who just turned 18-years old in July. On size and youth alone, that’s a pretty interesting physical specimen. That’s what the Indians have in Sam Hentges who was their fourth round pick in this year’s draft, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on his first pro season.
December 5, 2014 (4 comments)
Today we continue to take stock in all of the players in the Indians minor league system with a look at the position players at Triple-A Columbus. Over the past few months during his research for his 2015 prospect listing the IBI's Tony Lastoria has spoken with numerous people within the Cleveland Indians organization as well as scouts and personnel outside the organization, and he shares those insights on a good collection of players such as Jesus Aguilar, Tyler Holt, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Moncrief, Giovanny Urshela, Zach Walters, Jose Ramirez and many others.
December 4, 2014 (35 comments)
It was a busy news days on Wednesday as the Braves inked Nick Markakis and Jim Johnson to deals, Luke Hochevar resigned with the Royals and the Mariners and Blue Jays completed an interesting trade swapping Michael Saunders for J.A. Happ. But the big news of the day for Indians fans was the rumor that surfaced about the Indians and Athletics talking about a Brandon Moss trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from the day...
December 3, 2014 (1 comments)
In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Phil Clark. They talked about the immediate impression that 2014 first round pick Bradley Zimmer made to the organization and what he excels at, the big strides that Greg Allen made at the plate, Leo Castillo’s return to form, Yonathan Mendoza’s switch-hitting experiment, Ordomar Valdez’s ability to come off the bench and the adjustments Austin Fisher needs to make.
December 3, 2014 (9 comments)
Torii Hunter returned to where it all started for him on Tuesday as he agreed to a one-year deal to rejoin the Twins, the team he originally broke into the big leagues with. The Dodgers and Reds also completed an interesting trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from the day as well as all of the non-tendered players.
December 2, 2014 (8 comments)
With preparations already underway here at the IBI for the new 2015 Indians prospect rankings and also a new position-by-position breakdown, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at values of all the minor league players that finished the season at Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland. Over the past few months during his research for the upcoming 2015 prospect listing he has spoken with numerous people within the Indians organization as well as scouts and personnel outside the organization, and shares those insights and more on pitchers like Austin Adams, Shawn Armstrong, Kyle Crockett and more.
December 2, 2014 (1 comments)
With a light schedule around the Caribbean Leagues, this gives us a chance to highlight a few former Tribe players. One such former Tribe player is Mitch Talbot who made his offseason winter ball debut with four shutout innings. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps his outing and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
December 1, 2014 (40 comments)
As many saw on Friday, the Athletics dealt Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays and like a lot of Indians fans, the IBI's Tony Lastoria came away less than impressed with the haul the Athletics got in return for Donaldson and was disappointed the Indians were not in on the action to land him. While Tony believes Donaldson was the perfect fit for the Indians, he wonders if the Indians were even a perfect fit with the Athletics. He also talks about the rebirth of Nick Hagadone and the Indians strength in left-handed relief options, the problems big spending can create and more.