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April 4, 2014   (7 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The potential of Zach McAllister
Zach McAllister made his season debut for the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, and it was a bit of a mixed bag. Yes, there were some positives, but it was far from a stellar performance. Nonetheless, the IBI's Steve Orbanek believes McAllister will play a key role for Indians and the team's chances for success in 2014, and he details that in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
March 28, 2014   (6 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Discussing the Masterson case
It's now been over a week since news broke that the negotiations between the Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson fell through. It's been a polarizing topic for Indians' fans since then as many seem to believe a deal should have gotten done. Join the IBI's Jim Pete, Michael Hattery and Steve Orbanek as they discuss the topic in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
March 14, 2014   (15 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The Indians' future hinges on Salazar
When the Indians hired Terry Francona, the message was clear: this team wants to develop into a consistent winner. So far, the Tribe is off to a good start as the Indians won 92 games last year and secured one of the AL's Wild Card spots. So, how does the team continue to win? And what player will have the biggest impact on the team's chances for future success? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
March 10, 2014   (12 comments)
Indians Notebook: Starting pitching has been strong
The Indians have gotten off to a brilliant start in Spring Training this year as the team currently owns a 9-1 record and is atop the Cactus League standings. The Tribe's pitching has been brilliant so far, and that has to be a good theme as the team prepares to open the season in three weeks. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the latest edition of the Indians Notebook.
March 7, 2014   (3 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Trust in Corey Kluber
One of the better stories of the 2013 season was Corey Kluber, who won 11 games and seemed to cement himself as a rotation staple for now. His rise seemed to come out of nowhere, but did it really? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tries to pinpoint a reason for Kluber's success in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
March 3, 2014   (8 comments)
Indians Notebook: 'Unfinished Business' begins
There has been plenty of Indians news as of late, both in Arizona and in Cleveland. In Cleveland, the team has announced the Home Opener sold out in just 15 minutes. In Arizona, the Tribe began playing spring games this past week in preparation for the upcoming season. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on both topics in the latest edition of the Indians Notebook.
February 24, 2014   (3 comments)
Indians Notebook: Spring games begin this week
The Cleveland Indians begin playing Spring Training games this week as the Tribe will face the Reds on Wednesday. While the regular season may be right around the corner, there are still a handful of questions that surrounding this team that need to be answered. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on some players he's looking forward to following in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
February 21, 2014   (6 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Remembering Ubaldo Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez's tenure as a Cleveland Indian came to an end Monday after the right-hander signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Jimenez had plenty of ups and downs during his two-plus years with the Indians, but no one can dispute that they've been memorable years, for both good and bad reasons. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he explains why Jimenez will always have a special place in his heart in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 14, 2014   (22 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: A look at Brantley's extension
The Cleveland Indians formally announced the contract extension of Michael Brantley on Thursday. The move now ensures that Brantley will be in the fold for the next four years, but was the price too steep? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he analyzes the contract in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 7, 2014   (17 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Gauging the minor league signings
As always, the Indians have brought in a slew of minor league signings for Spring Training this year. In the past, this has proven to be both a successful and unsuccessful practice for the Tribe, but how does the crop look for this year? What minor league signings have the best chance of sticking? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 31, 2014   (60 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Ubaldo Jimenez or Justin Masterson?
There was news this week that came out in regard to both Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson. It appears as if Jimenez has lowered his asking price while Masterson and the Indians have shelved their extension talks for the moment. Nonetheless, it's crucial that the Indians at least lock up one of these guys to a long-term deal, so who should it be? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 20, 2014   (7 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Top hitting performances
The action in the various winter leagues has all but come to an end, which means it's now time again to recap some of the top performances. Two weeks ago, we looked at top pitching performances, but this week, we will look at some of the top performances to come from hitters. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he counts down the top five in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
January 17, 2014   (17 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Could Cody Anderson be 2014's Salazar?
There was arguably no better Indians story in 2013 than the rise of Danny Salazar. The right-hander was electric at times, and he also gave the fan base new hope for the future? So, with that in mind, who has a chance to be 2014's version of Salazar? Perhaps it could be Cody Anderson, who was just dominant at High-A Carolina last season. Ironically enough, Anderson's seems to be trending in the exact same direction as Salazar. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 10, 2014   (24 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Analyzing top prospect lists
As is the case every year, Baseball America released its Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects list on Wednesday. As most expected, Francisco Lindor was ranked No. 1 overall, but there were also some notable omissions. The same could be said for Baseball Prospectus' list, which was released in November. So, did these national publications get it right? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he ponders in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 7, 2014   (2 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Top pitching performances
It's been rather quiet in winter ball for the Indians as most players' stints in the winter leagues have come to an end. However, there were still a handful of noteworthy performances this season, both from pitchers as well as hitters. This week, join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the top pitching performances from this past winter season...
January 3, 2014   (15 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: The rotation has a huge hole
In just over a month, pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training, but it appears as if the Cleveland Indians still have a big hole to fill. While four members of the starting rotation are decided, the Tribe still has no idea who will fill the fifth role. Also, the internal options seem to be a tad underwhelming. Could one of them fill the spot? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
December 30, 2013   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Is the Santana third base experiment over?
The DWL playoffs began this past week, and to the surprise of many, the Indians' Carlos Santana was a participant. Santana had been manning the hot corner for Leones del Escogido this winter, but it now appears as if that has changed. Midway through the first playoff game, Santana was moved from third base to first base, and he has remained there ever since. Could it be that the Carlos Santana third base experiment is coming to an end? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on that and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 23, 2013   (3 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: DWL playoffs to begin
It was a busy week in the Caribbean winter leagues as the Dominican Winter League's regular season came to a close, and the playoffs will begin shortly. In other news, Carlos Santana continued to work on his move to third base and Joseph Colon had another brilliant outing. Plus, Tyler Sturdevant continues to turn heads as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these items and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 20, 2013   (46 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Ubaldo Jimenez will be back in 2014
It's December 20, and there still has been hardly a whisper heard about Ubaldo Jimenez? The starting pitching market has been slow to develop, and there are no signs as to where Jimenez may ultimately land. The big right-hander played a key role in the Indians' 2013 postseason berth, and it seems probable that he could still re-sign with Cleveland. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on why the Indians need to re-sign Jimenez in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
December 16, 2013   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Is Aguilar's season in jeopardy?
It was a busy week in the winter leagues, and perhaps no story was bgiger than the ongoing dispute taking place between Leones del Caracas and the Cleveland Indians in regard to Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar has been almost unstoppable this winter, but could his season be coming to a close? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he provides all the details on that situation and also updates you other performers in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.

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