January 22, 2014 (4 comments)
Carrying a very solid walk rate and an excellent line-drive tendency, the Indians are counting on Kipnis to be a cornerstone for the Indians offense in 2014 and beyond. Yet while he had a career high 17-home run season in 2013, those expecting a 2014 power surge from Jason Kipnis may be disappointed. The IBI's John Grimm explains with some stunning analysis and detail, and shows just where his true value may be as a hitter.
January 22, 2014 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Jake Lowery, outfielder Tyler Naquin, catcher Roberto Perez, infielder Joey Wendle and catcher/infielder Tony Wolters.
January 22, 2014 (21 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have quietly treaded water this offseason, striking to sign low-cost players to fill the holes that were in their roster. The Indians are ready to head to spring training with their current roster next month, but are cautiously optimistic that another move or two could be made before the season starts in April. Join Jim Pete with this weeks Corner, as he explores a Jeff Samardzija trade, and how difficult it's going to be to get those final moves.
January 22, 2014 (21 comments)
The Indians long-standing streak of not going to an arbitration hearing with a player may be in jeopardy. 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 a lack of progress on contract talks between Masterson and the Indians, Grant Balfour deciding on his next team, and more.
January 21, 2014 (8 comments)
This offseason's Winter Ball campaign has been an interesting and exciting one for Tribe fans for two reasons: 1) Jesus Aguilar ('nuff said!) and 2) Carlos Santana has traded the catcher's mitt for a third baseman's glove, a decision that could prove to be beneficial not only for Santana as he searches for a new permanent position, but also for the team as their versatility would only improve with the shift. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains.
January 21, 2014 (7 comments)
About six weeks ago when it was first mentioned that Carlos Santana would try to play third base in winter ball it left a lot of people rolling their eyes. But fast forward to today and suddenly people are beginning to realize that he just might actually be able to handle the position and that he could get significant time there for the Indians in 2014 and beyond. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about what a position change does for him and the Indians and much more in his latest Tribe Happenings...
January 21, 2014 (20 comments)
Throughout the winter, Asdrubal Cabrera's and Justin Masterson's names have popped up in trade rumors, but will either one be dealt before Opening Day? In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on trade questions involving Indians players, the daily Masahiro Tanaka report, and more.
January 20, 2014 (8 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft series wraps up with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 10 to 1. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis has gone through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determined the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
January 20, 2014 (7 comments)
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 20, 2014 (0 comments)
Baseball news took a break on Sunday for the AFC and NFC Championship games....and Richard Sherman - who we should probably not talk about. 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 Grant Balfour and the Nationals, Grady Sizemore possibly closing in on a deal, and more.
January 19, 2014 (22 comments)
One of the highlights of the hot stove season for die-hard baseball fans are when the organizational rankings are presented by both the national writers and our very own writers here at IBI. With the first two top tens out from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, we can take our first volley at shaping what's right, and what's wrong with the rankings. Join Jim Pete in this week's power poll, figuring out who belongs, and who doesn't.
January 19, 2014 (4 comments)
News on Masahiro Tanaka seems to be heating up and a decision could be coming in the near future. 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 Cubs pursuit of Tanaka, the Indians looking to add more starter depth, and more.
January 18, 2014 (31 comments)
It’s been a long time since the Indians have had a legitimate, home grown major league star rise through its ranks, and they have that player in Francisco Lindor. Would they ever consider trading him? Well, the IBI's John Mast thinks they should, and that the player they should consider trading him for is David Price to solidify the Indians rotation as one of the best in all of baseball and make them legit contenders next season.
January 18, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians have officially signed right-handed pitcher Danny Carela, shortstop Audy Ciriaco and shortstop Miguel Eladio to minor league deals. None of the deals carry a major league invite.
January 18, 2014 (3 comments)
Friday was full of teams and players discussing terms in order to avoid arbitration. 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 Carlos Santana third base experiment, the Indians arbitration decisions, and more.
January 17, 2014 (17 comments)
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 17, 2014 (0 comments)
Finally, game-altering bang-bang plays will no longer be left entirely in the hands of umpires. 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 rules of the new expanded replay, players avoiding arbitration, and more.
January 17, 2014 (1 comments)
While the round robin phase in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic wraps up, things are getting heated in Venezuela. No, not the round robin playoffs there, but a spat between Asdrubal Cabrera and the executives for his winter team Caracas. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on what has transpired and the chances that Cabrera does play winter ball - which if he does he would play second base.
January 16, 2014 (5 comments)
After a 2013 Wild Card game performance in which Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and the single most deflating play of the season, a double play in the bottom of the 4th with the bases loaded, the phrase ‘bounce back’ was not an appropriate word for Cleveland audiences. But the IBI's John Grimm explains in great detail how Cabrera's final 2013 numbers were affected by some poor luck and how he just may be in line for a bounce back year in 2014.
January 16, 2014 (12 comments)
Wednesday saw a contract handed out that has never been seen before in the history of the MLB. 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 Clayton Kershaw extension, Travis Hafner finding a new job, and more.