With Spring Training just beginning, the Cleveland Indians made one more splash by agreeing to terms with free agent outfielder Michael Bourn on a four-year deal. The team went above and beyond their self-proclaimed budget to make the deal and get the best position player left on the market.
That time of the year is nearly here! Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Goodyear, Arizona in the very near future and the offseason is almost behind us. In the interest of keeping things fresh and not bland here at IBI, Jim Piascik and Steve Orbanek decided to preview the 2013 Cleveland Indians in an unconventional way, sending e-mails back and forth to figure out where they stand on the team heading into Spring Training. Today, Steve and Jim take a crack at the infield.
The winter ball season continued to wind its way to an end Thursday night, with fewer and fewer Cleveland players still participating in the games. Luckily for you, the reader, there is still plenty to write about, like Ezequiel Carrera in Venezuela and Quincy Latimore and company in Australia. Plus, this leaves us some freedom to look at the ghosts of prospect past popping up around the winter leagues, as Jim Piascik takes you Around The Farm.
With every day that passes, we are getting closer and closer to Spring Training. Yet, that also leaves us fewer and fewer days of winter ball action, a sad fact for the offseason IBI baseball coverage. With so few Cleveland players in action, we take a short trip Around The Farm, checking in on the Venezuelan playoffs and a newcomer's big night in Australia. To read more, join Jim Piascik after the jump.
It was a fairly uneventful night in the winter leagues last night, though plenty of newcomers to Cleveland made appearances. Quincy Latimore, Jerry Gil, and Edward Paredes were all in action last night and they had varying levels of success. To find out who did well and who didn't, along with tracking the other Cleveland players in action last night, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
You may have noticed that the 2013 Hall of Fame results were released yesterday. If you realized that, you may have also realized that no players were elected this year, despite the presence of many deserving candidates on the ballot. The outrage has filled the internet over the last 24 hours, with plenty of people getting worked up over the results. Jim Piascik decided to join the fun, arguing that among plenty of unappealing options, voting no one in was the worst possible choice.
The playoffs in the winter leagues kept rolling Thursday night, with some Cleveland players in key roles. Jose Ramirez kept hitting (no surprise there), Ezequiel Carrera joined him, and Paolo Espino turned in a strong performance on the mound. To help recap their performances and look at the others in action, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
Another year has come and gone, and while the 2012 Cleveland Indians did not come together as planned there were still some bright moments during the journey. 2012 is over, and as we look back on it one more time here on New Year's Eve, it is time for an Indians Baseball (Baseball!) Insider year-end recap piece. To avoid a generic, boring article, however, the IBI's Jim Piascik framed the year around Pink Floyd's famous The Dark Side of the Moon album. Check out one of the best pieces of the year after the jump...
Carlos Santana looked like the Carlos Santana we all want to see in 2013 Thursday night, hitting a home run and drawing two walks. He was not the only Cleveland player making waves around the world, though, as Jose Ramirez, Ryan Battaglia, and others impressed. Join Jim Piascik as he checks in to the action last night and goes Around The Farm.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!