February 17, 2014 (4 comments)
Welcome to the seventh season of Smoke Signals! In today's debut episode, Tony and Jim focus their attention on several moves the Indians made this offseason, why they didn't HAVE to make more moves, what they might still do, and where they might go as the season progresses. Join IBI's flagship podcast, which will begin recording live every Tuesday night starting this week! More details to follow.
February 16, 2014 (27 comments)
Danny Salazar and Yan Gomes burst out for the Cleveland Indians in 2013, and really added the depth that the team needed to get to the next level. With both players joining the team on a regular basis in 2014, do the Indians have any minor league options that could provide the same burst of energy this season? Join Jim Pete, as he takes a look at potential break-out candidates this season.
February 12, 2014 (5 comments)
Once the season officially starts, optimism often turns to the realities of what teams have on paper. It's hard to say what the Indians have on paper, because last year at this time, I'm not sure that a playoff team is what was evident. With players reporting to Goodyear, the mysteries will be answered. Before they are, let's close our eyes one last time and imagine just what might happen if it all clicks just once. Join Jim Pete with the 2014 State of the Indians' Union.
February 9, 2014 (17 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have many great eras in their past, but none stand out more to today's fan than the prodigious offensive teams of the 1990's. Those teams were some of the best offensive teams in the history of the game, and while they never brought home a World Series championship, their playoff runs will be remembered for many years to come. With all of the discussion about Thome's statue, the inevitable question has to be asked. Who is the Indians' best player from those 90's team? Join Jim Pete for Sunday's Power Poll.
February 5, 2014 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have been fairly silent since the start of 2014. As the Tribe buses head from Cleveland to Goodyear, Arizona for next week's report dates, Jim Pete ponders last year's last-minute Michael Bourn signing, how it was likely their big move for 2014, and discusses the possibility of another Indians splash in February, Spring Training or July's trade deadline.
February 2, 2014 (5 comments)
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are playing each other in today's Super Bowl. While staying in that same frame of mind, today's power poll is going to stick to World Champions. Believe it or not, the Cleveland Indians have two World Championships, both in 1920 and 1948. Instead of worrying about the best team, which of these two championship teams is your favorite?
January 29, 2014 (51 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez has never been Jim Pete's favorite player. Not even close, but as the sub-zero temperatures envelope Cleveland, Jim takes a close look at the enigmatic starter and whether or not he's worth the risk of a one-to-three year deal at $11-$13 million per year. Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and deal Masterson? Will the Indians sign Masterson and forget Ubaldo? Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and Masterson? Weave through the highs and lows at this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
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 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.
January 19, 2014 (22 comments)
One of the highlights of the hot stove season for die-hard baseball fans are when the organizational rankings are presented by both the national writers and our very own writers here at IBI. With the first two top tens out from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, we can take our first volley at shaping what's right, and what's wrong with the rankings. Join Jim Pete in this week's power poll, figuring out who belongs, and who doesn't.
January 15, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have spent the last three months quietly navigating their way through the hot stove season. With the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers creating a vacuum of negativity with their questionable moves and unmotivated play, have the Indians wasted an opportunity to fill the void? What do the Indians have to do to be deemed a success, and is it realistic? Join Jim Pete as he talks 2014 at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario...
January 8, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians potentially lost two major pieces to their 2013 rotation this offseason, but have addressed the situation with both internal options, and an intriguing minor league free agent signing. Some believe that the foundation for 2014 is much better than what the team had last season, and some aren't quite as sure. Jim Pete and Mike Hattery weave in and out of the A.L. Central rotations in this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
January 5, 2014 (27 comments)
The Cleveland Indians roster looks fairly complete, but there are still question-marks surrounding the starting rotation. Will the current rotation options of Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar, Shaun Marcum, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer be enough, or are the Indians planning on making a splash by re-signing Ubaldo Jimenez, once the market spits him back out. Join IBI's Jim Pete with his first power poll of 2014.
January 2, 2014 (2 comments)
The New Year is upon us here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, and it's time to take a look at some 2014 resolutions. The great thing about resolutions is that they sound so good at the beginning of January, but are often long forgotten by the beginning of February. Jim pulls in fellow columnist to discuss their thoughts on the 2014 season, and wonder aloud what the "Final Resolution" may be.
December 29, 2013 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have been protecting Danny Salazar over the years since he has returned from Tommy John surgery. Many questioned why the Front Office has handled him with such kid gloves for such a long period, that is, until he joined the Indians in August and started throwing 100 MPH. Join Jim Pete as he tackles this week's power poll: Will Danny Salazar be a top-of-the-rotation ace, or will he regress?
December 25, 2013 (1 comments)
In between shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping and spending some time with his family, Jim Pete didn't let Christmas get in the way of your weekly stroll at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Unfortunately for the readers here at IBI, he decided it was a grand occastion for theme week. Join Jim as he takes you through the 12 Days of a Cleveland Indians' Christmas, for the 2014 season.
December 22, 2013 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians seem to be addressing all of their needs this offseason, even if they aren't using big dollars to do it. There aren't many questions remaining on the 25-man roster, but one that is glaring is the #5 starter. Today's IBI Power Poll will take a look at just that question. It could be a bigger question than you think. Last season, Scott Kazmir broke camp as the Indians' #5 starter. Who will it be this year? Join Jim Pete with your #5 starting options.
December 18, 2013 (7 comments)
Join Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete, right here at Indiansbaseballinsider.com for a quick video/podcast outlining the Indians fairly busy week since the Winter Meetings ending. They'll talk John Axford, Shawn Marcum and the Drew Stubbs deal today, then talk about the potential moves that could be made over the next several weeks.
December 18, 2013 (20 comments)
The Cleveland Indians added David Murphy to their offense, and they subtracted Drew Stubbs, but past those moves, the Indians' offensive line-up of 2014 will look a lot like the offense of 2013. Is there an opportunity for this offense to improve, or did it plateau last year thanks to the potential decline years of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher? Join Jim Pete as he throws out an optimistic look at the Indians offense next season.
December 15, 2013 (28 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have signed David Murphy, an underrated and to some, and underwhelming free agent this offseason, and haven't really done much of anything else to compensate their free agent losses. If you were able to take the keys from Chris Antonetti and drive the Indians ship, what would you do? Join Jim Pete in his less than perfect attempt to create a poll for you to do just that.