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December 31, 2012   (9 comments)
The Dark Side of the Moon: A 2012 Cleveland Indians review
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...
December 29, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 12/23/12-12/29/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
December 28, 2012   (5 comments)
Around The Farm: December 27, 2012
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.
December 23, 2012   (16 comments)
Signing Swisher means Indians must contend NOW
Cleveland got itself an early Christmas present, as Nick Swisher agreed to sign with the team Sunday morning. As exciting as it is to see the biggest free agent contract in team history signed, such a deal does not come without risk. At 32, Swisher is more likely to get worse than better, meaning that contract could get ugly at the end. Jim Piascik analyzes the downside to the signing and what pressures that puts on 2013.
December 22, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 12/15/12-12/22/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
December 21, 2012   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: December 20, 2012
If you're reading this, then it appears we have all survived the Mayan apocalypse. And since the simple act of a calendar running out of room (which seems to happen on my wall every year) has failed to predict the end of the world, it is time to dive into the action from around the winter leagues. Join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm, checking in with Andrew Campbell, Roberto Perez, and more.
December 20, 2012   (11 comments)
Imagining the 2013 Cleveland lineup without a full-time DH
It has been years since Cleveland had flexibility with the designated hitter spot, as Travis Hafner's complete inability to play in the field relegated him to full-time DH status. Now that Hafner is not expected to be with the team in 2013, Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona have the ability to use the DH spot as a way to keep the everyday players fresh. But exactly how would that fall out? Jim Piascik takes a stab at fitting the pieces together and offers how he thinks it could all fall together.
December 15, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 12/8/12-12/15/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
December 14, 2012   (2 comments)
Around The Farm: December 13, 2012
Many people took a holiday last night to enjoy the premiere of The Hobbit (yours truly included), but it was not a night of rest throughout the winter leagues. Luis Hernandez and Ezequiel Carrera continued their onslaught against Venezuelan League pitching, Asdrubal Cabrera kept showing why he is a great shortstop for Cleveland (or any other team) in 2013, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
December 13, 2012   (18 comments)
10 prospects who could have a Major League impact in '13
Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti are off to a good start this offseason with reshaping the major league roster. To take this team from simply improved to playoff contention, though, some upgrades will need to come cheaply via the minor league system. As such, the growth of minor league players into major league contributors is a key to having successful teams in Cleveland. The IPI's Jim Piascik provides his list of ten prospects he thinks can help the team in 2013.
December 11, 2012   (19 comments)
Trevor Bauer - impact starting pitcher - coming to Cleveland
The Cleveland Indians acquired Trevor Bauer and three other players tonight as a part of a three-team nine player mega-trade involving outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The IPI's Jim Piascik has the scoop on what Bauer will bring to the team: a legit front of the rotation starting pitcher.
December 8, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 12/1/12-12/8/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
December 7, 2012   (2 comments)
Around The Farm: December 6, 2012
The Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 Draft may be over, but the Winter League action is still rolling along. Now former Cleveland prospect Hector Rondon made his nominal debut for the Cubs, but he is still in our hearts here at IPI, along with players like Paolo Espino, Luis Hernandez, Rob Bryson, Giovanni Soto, and more. To catch up on all the action from last night, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
December 3, 2012   (3 comments)
Buyer's Guide: Names the Indians could target at meetings
The Winter Meetings are typically when the offseason really begins to heat up, so with them scheduled to start today in Nashville, let us take a little time to get acquainted with some names Cleveland has been attached to this offseason. Any number of things could go down in Tennessee, but these are the players that Chris Antonetti has the best chance at acquiring as free agents, trade pickups, or recent non-tenders.
December 1, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 11/25/12-12/1/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
December 1, 2012   (1 comments)
Hannahan and others non-tendered, Kluber has Surgery
Yesterday was the non-tender deadline and Cleveland had to make some difficult choices. The team chose not to tender contracts to Jack Hannahan, Rafael Perez, and Chris Seddon, letting them go into free agency. Additionally, it was announced that Corey Kluber had right knee surgery after injuring himself during the offseason.
November 30, 2012   (2 comments)
Around The Farm: November 29, 2012
A few leagues may have taken the night off, but there was still plenty of minor league action to follow. Giovanni Soto had his best outing of the winter, Ezequiel Carrera continued his solid offseason, and Eric Berger dominated in his start. For all this and more, join Jim Piascik and go Around The Farm.
November 25, 2012   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: November 24, 2012
And Jesus Aguilar is back! After a disappointing start to the offseason and not being named to the 40-man roster, Aguilar seems to finally have turned the corner. To see what he and others like Jose Ramirez, Rob Bryson, and Hector Rondon did last night, check out Around The Farm with Jim Piascik as he takes you around the action in the offseason leagues.
November 24, 2012   (1 comments)
IPI Digest: 11/17/12-11/24/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
November 23, 2012   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: November 22, 2012
First off, we here at IPI hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and a great Black Friday night of shopping (if you braved the crowds). Now that you are likely in need of some time to relax and digest from yesterday, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm, checking in on a light night of Cleveland prospect action.

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