By now, fans are familiar with the nicknames "Little Cowboy" and "The Herrmannator" as their recipients have been in Cleveland for a while now. But despite their tenure, starting pitcher Josh Tomlin and right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann have not yet had their 'golden opportunity' to prove themselves as their time with the actual big league club has been sporadic. However, they may finally get that chance in 2014. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains in his weekly column.
One of the greatest Christmas gifts many Tribe fans ever received was a baseball team to be excited about back during the winter of 2012-2013 where Terry Francona took the reins of the ballclub and took them to the next level as a playoff contender. This offseason, the Tribe made their first big free-agent signing in the form of veteran outfielder David Murphy. It may not a particularly exciting move, but the IBI's Jake Dungan explains why adding him could be essential to the team as far as lineup balance.
Carlos Moncrief continues to find some consistency this off-season by increasing his hit streak to three on Saturday. Meanwhile, Erik Gonzalez had a rare 0-for-3 performance as he snapped his own hit streak. Ryan Battaglia hit a double and reached base three times over in Australia making it eight of his last ten games where he's recorded a hit. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan for all the highlights as he takes a trip around the farm.
Many Cleveland faithful would prefer to forget the name Rich Hill sooner rather than later. However, as tough as he was to watch on the mound at times this season, he was only a symptom of an ongoing issue for the Indians in 2013. After the departures of left-handed relief mainstays Tony Sipp and Rafael Perez, the process of bringing in and testing new southpaw recruits proved to be more difficult than the team probably had envisioned. The IBI's Jake Dungan looks at the lefty options for the Tribe in 2014
Jake and Hayden are back on the air with their first offseason episode of Call to the Bullpen! Tonight, we congratulate Tribe skipper Terry Francona on winning the AL Manager of the Year award as well as discuss the latest rumors from the Hot Stove. Plus, the guys take a look at the BBWAA award winners thus far and preview the awards yet to be handed out. It's all coming up Wednesday night at 9:00pm ET!
The question many have asked the past couple seasons has been is Justin Masterson an ace? After his breakout season in 2011, the Indians thought he could be, but 2012 saw him regress significantly. Now after the 2013 season, Masterson has reestablished his effectiveness as a top-of-the-rotation starter, but is he a legitimate ace? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates in this week's Swinging for the Fences
Chris Antonetti and the Indians organization parted ways with the former All-Star closer last week via unconditional release. So now the question is, who will be the Tribe’s lockdown man moving forward and where will they find him? Enter Bryan Shaw, the young right-hander who made a solid impression in his first year with the Featherheads. Jake Dungan explains why Shaw should get the job in this week's edition of Swinging for the Fences.
Veteran DH Jason Giambi has expressed a desire to play next year and return to the Indians. As he’ll be blowing out 43 candles on his birthday cake next season and not surprisingly is no longer putting up the same MVP-type numbers he did in his storied career, let alone even playing on a regular basis, why should Chris Antonetti re-up his deal for 2014? The IBI's Jake Dungan explains in his new weekly feature Swinging for the Fences.
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!