November 19, 2013 (6 comments)
The offseason is in full spring now and news and rumors will start to become more and more frequent. In this new MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. In today's debut piece he touches on the Tim Hudson and Carlos Ruiz deals announced on Monday as well as several other items of note.
November 17, 2013 (10 comments)
The MLB offseason is fascinating because of the rampant rumors and predictions where everyone is going to land. The Indians had a strong showing in 2013, but have a lot of work to replace some outgoing free agents and try to improve at the same time. All of that sets up for what should be yet another intriguing offseason around MLB, and in Cleveland as well. The IBI's Andy Nichols wraps up his predictions with where he believes the top 25 free agents go this offseason.
November 16, 2013 (18 comments)
One of the most exciting aspects of the offseason is reading all of the rumors and predicting where the top free agents will land. After a strong showing in 2012's free agent market, and a 2013 playoff run, the Indians could be in store for another exciting offseason. Join the IBI's Andy Nichols as he offers up his well thought out predictions on where all the top MLB free agents land. Would Dan Haren or Jess Crain interest you, Indians fans?
November 10, 2013 (15 comments)
The Indians bullpen is at a crossroads this offseason. No longer can they rely on Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith at the backend of the bullpen like they have the last three years since Perez is gone, Smith is likely gone and Pestano has health concerns. The Indians will likely rely more heavily on Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen, but they are expected to be creative in finding more help for the backend of the bullpen. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at some potential trade targets to fill that need.
November 7, 2013 (9 comments)
Entering 2013, the Indians had as stable a backend of the bullpen with Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Fast forward to the end of the season, and suddenly it might be the most unstable position on the team since Smith is a free agent, Perez was released, and Pestano is a complete unknown after a tough 2013 because of injury and performance issues. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at the free agent relievers and how they might fit with the Indians this offseason and fill a need for the team.
November 4, 2013 (9 comments)
In part one, the IBI's Andy Nichols discussed possible free agent targets the Indians may look to add in order to help their rotation in the event that Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir find themselves a new home this winter. Today, in part two, he divulges into potential trade targets. This is always a tricky undertaking, as it's hard to know which players will be made available by their teams, especially this early in the offseason, but Andy comes up with a pretty nice list.
November 3, 2013 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians rotation in 2013 surprised many as it proved to be the driving force for an Indians playoff berth. With the possible departure of Ubaldo Jimenez and/or Scott Kazmir, the Indians may be looking to reload on the starting pitching front. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a deep look at all of the starting pitching options available in free agency and who may be a good fit for the Indians.
October 27, 2013 (38 comments)
In part one of this piece on Thursday, the IBI's Andy Nichols discussed possible free agent targets the Indians may look to add in order to help the offense. Today, in part two, he divulges into potential trade targets. This is always a tricky undertaking, as it's hard to know which players will be made available by their teams, but he provides a list of bats that he believes could be available or that he would target.
October 24, 2013 (19 comments)
With the World Series underway the offseason is close to officially beginning, so it is time to start looking at the free agent and trade options the Indians might pursue to improve their team. While the Indians have decisions to make on some outgoing players, another big decision they need to make is what bat(s) they can bring in to help the middle of the lineup. In this two part series, the IBI's Andy Nichols explores possible targets the Indians may have their eyes on this winter, and part one focuses on this offseason’s free agent class.
February 18, 2013 (12 comments)
We've seen the Cleveland Indians make a handful of offseason moves this season. While the the team has brought on many talented players, the Indians have also brought on something else: more and more strikeouts. A number of the new Indians have shown a tendency to swing-and-miss throughout their careers. Just how does this affect this year's team? The IBI's Andy Nichols ponders after the jump...
August 19, 2012 (1 comments)
The Indians ran into a buzz saw on Saturday Night, and his name was Bartolo Colon. The former Tribe starter dominated the Indians over eight innings, which really says it all regarding the Indians season. Corey Kluber looked like a Triple A pitcher, fronting a Triple A team that didn't realize they were in the bigs until the ninth inning. Join Andy Nichols for his "Second Thoughts" on Saturday's ballgame.
July 30, 2012 (5 comments)
The Twins completed a sweep of the Indians on Sunday and outscored the Indians in the series 28-6. With the trade deadline looming, the Indians have way more questions than answers at this point. Was this series the beginning of the end for Cleveland's playoff hopes, or should the upcoming deadline inspire some hope? With an off day on Monday and the Indians not playing again until after the deadline, things could get very interesting the next several hours. Andy Nichols chimes in with his second thoughts...
April 13, 2012 (5 comments)
The Indians offensive woes of last season have been come back up to start the 2012 season. With the Indians desperate for help in the outfield the Indians reportedly have signed Johnny Damon. Andy Nichols takes a look at what Damon can bring to the Indians lineup, a lineup badly in need of stability and leadership.
March 19, 2012 (2 comments)
With about two weeks to go in Indians' spring training, the competition for left field is still wide open with many possible options for the Indians to consider. Andy takes a look at all of the players battling to win time as the regular left field and who may be the one to emerge as the main left fielder.
February 17, 2012 (2 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez and Derek Lowe both struggled through a frustrating season 2011. Both pitchers are set to begin their first full seasons with the Tribe in 2012 and will be key pieces to the starting rotation. Can fans expect bounce back seasons from the two? A deeper look into the numbers shows what changed for them last year....now it is just a matter of correcting it.
February 11, 2012 (0 comments)
This time of year, fans are bundled up in warm clothes and blankets, watching the snow fall as they anxiously await the arrival of spring training. Although Old Man Winter’s wrath will still be felt in Cleveland in mid-February, in Goodyear, Arizona, home of the Indians spring training facilities, it will be baseball season. The sound of bats hitting balls and balls hitting gloves will bring...
January 30, 2012 (0 comments)
Superstar first baseman Prince Fielder is a Detroit Tiger. No matter how many times people hear that it still sends a chill down the spine of Cleveland Indians fans.
When the news broke last Tuesday fans of every team in the AL Central teams closed their eyes and hoped it was some sort of sick joke. But it is real as Fielder has since already been introduced to the Detroit public. He is a Detroit...
January 21, 2012 (0 comments)
This is the first piece from Andy Nichols, one of three new IPI writers that will be debuting over the next several days. He is a college student and will be writing about the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians went to the bottom of the eighth inning down 2-1 to the Boston Red Sox, the popular World Series pick among fans and baseball experts.
With the game broadcast on national TV, a young...