April 2, 2014 (2 comments)
The Tampa Bay Rays signed young starter Chris Archer to a multi-year deal, continuing their organizational belief that you build and sign good, young pitchers to long-term deals before their worth skyrockets. The Indians have likewise signed players such as Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley to deals, but have yet to incorporate this strategy with their pitchers. Today, Jim Pete looks at the Rays, and points to Danny Salazar as a top candidate for a long-term contract.
April 2, 2014 (3 comments)
It didn't take long for the Indians to have their first game postponed by weather - and it certainly won't be the last time this season. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the injury to Bobby Parnell, the Nationals losing a key piece to their offense, and more.
April 1, 2014 (5 comments)
Smoke Signals is officially back on a weekly basis and tonight Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria kick things off back on it's regular Tuesday night slot. With today's rainout, Smoke Signals will focus on last night's interesting affair, as the Indians scored two runs late to beat the A's 2-0. It wasn't without a bases loaded jam, and a stressful ninth inning. They'll also be talking about what the Indians may have in front of them this year in the A.L. Central, and beyond.
April 1, 2014 (35 comments)
Hours and hours of rain in Oakland threatened to take Opening Day away from us, but Mother Nature cooperated enough to allow the game. And what a game it was. Justin Masterson was brilliant once again on opening day and while the offense struggled the Indians finally broke through in the ninth inning to pull out an exciting 2-0 win on Opening Night.
April 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Opening Day has finally come and gone! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on an update involving extension talks with Jason Kipnis, extension talks with two star players are tabled, and more.
March 31, 2014 (15 comments)
Who is ready for some baseball? Those of us here at the IBI sure are! It has been almost six months to the day that the Indians lost to the Rays in the single-game elimination Wild Card game and for the first time in a few years there is some sincere optimism heading into the start of a season. With the dawn of a new Indians season now here, we pooled together several IBI writers and put together a roundtable to get their quick thoughts on the Indians this season, their season predictions for the Indians, and their MLB predictions as well.
March 31, 2014 (11 comments)
The offseason has officially ended. Now, enjoy the next seven months full of baseball. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the 40-man roster moves made by the Indians, the talks between the Red Sox and Jon Lester, and more.
March 30, 2014 (6 comments)
In 2013, the Cleveland Indians did the unthinkable: they won 92 games a season after they had only won 68 games, and they made the playoffs. While Kenny Lofton is arguing THAT point, the one-game foray into the postseason realm galvanized the fanbase, and reminded many of what things could be like with a winning baseball team. On paper, the Indians didn't add much to the roster, but will their be enough internal improvement for this team to take it to the next step? Join Jim Pete for your chance and picking the Indians' future with today Power Poll-palooza!!!
March 30, 2014 (1 comments)
The season opener for the Indians is not just hours away. As with the start of any baseball season, hope springs eternal, and the IBI's DJ Sebastian is really big on the Tribe this season and thinks they could even win 100 games based on his Seb-err-metrics formula he concocted. Check out how he came to the 100-win conclusion in this entertaining and overall feel good piece at the start of the season!
March 30, 2014 (4 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced their opening day 25-man roster and also the moved to designate Preston Guilmet, Frank Herrmann, and Colt Hynes for assignment.
March 30, 2014 (11 comments)
With a new season upon us, it is once again time for Jim Piascik to rank Cleveland's roster from bottom to top. Many of the names are familiar from last year's 92-win playoff season, but there is some new blood (and a noticeable lack of Chris Perez). Today includes players ranked #12 to #1, which means a lot of players projected to receive most of the playing time (see: position players and starting pitchers). Join Jim as he unveils part two of his opening day roster rankings.
March 30, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians seem to be taking a page from John Hart's playbook, and that has Tribe fans excited. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Cleveland fan-favorite Yan Gomes getting a long-term extension, Jon Lester and the Red Sox temporarily ending their contract talks, and more.
March 30, 2014 (4 comments)
All good things must come to an end. After a great spring, the Indians dropped their final Cactus League game Saturday to San Diego, 9-8. Tribe outfielder Matt Carson belted a pair of homers, but the offense could not overcome a shaky outing by Danny Salazar. The right-handed phenom went just four innings allowing five runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
March 29, 2014 (22 comments)
Cleveland agreed with a six-year, $23 million contract extension with catcher Yan Gomes according to Ken Rosenthal (pending a physical). The extension also includes two club options that would keep Gomes under team control through 2021 if exercised.
March 29, 2014 (8 comments)
With a new season upon us, it is once again time for Jim Piascik to rank Cleveland's roster from bottom to top. Many of the names are familiar from last year's 92-win playoff season, but there is some new blood (and a noticeable lack of Chris Perez). Today includes players ranked #25 to #13, which means a lot of players projected to receive less playing time (see: relievers and bench players). Join Jim as he unveils part one of his opening day roster rankings.
March 29, 2014 (4 comments)
You would think they were playing Friday night football at the University of San Diego. Scoring seven times in the first and second innings, Cleveland trounced the Padres for an easy, 16-4 victory. Five Tribe players collected at least two hits as the team scored 16 runs on 13 hits through the first three innings of play. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
March 29, 2014 (3 comments)
In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Angels extending superstar Mike Trout, Major League Baseball changing the joint drug program, and more.
March 28, 2014 (6 comments)
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 28, 2014 (12 comments)
In the recently completed 2014 IBI Top 50, the projection of each player contributed heavily to the final rankings. But since Cleveland has designs on contending for the playoffs again and will need to dip into the minor league ranks at some point in the season, Jim Piascik analyzed the minor league system for who could help in 2014. Join Jim as he profiles nine pitching prospects who can help the team in 2014.
March 28, 2014 (3 comments)
It couldn't have been a better spring year in the City of Goodyear. The Indians offense wasted little time in their final ballgame in Arizona Thursday afternoon, jumping out to an early lead. That would be all the run support Tribe starter Corey Kluber would need, as the right-hander shutout the Diamondbacks with six innings of scoreless baseball surrendering just three hits. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action.