December 23, 2013 (3 comments)
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 23, 2013 (5 comments)
Sunday was another slow day, as teams get ready to celebrate the Christmas holiday. 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 Chris Perez agreeing with the Dodgers, Scott Boras trying to work his magic, and more.
December 23, 2013 (1 comments)
The Indians have signed right-handed pitcher Gabriel Arias, right-handed pitcher Rainer Florez and right-handed pitcher Jose Nine to minor league contracts.
December 22, 2013 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians seem to be addressing all of their needs this offseason, even if they aren't using big dollars to do it. There aren't many questions remaining on the 25-man roster, but one that is glaring is the #5 starter. Today's IBI Power Poll will take a look at just that question. It could be a bigger question than you think. Last season, Scott Kazmir broke camp as the Indians' #5 starter. Who will it be this year? Join Jim Pete with your #5 starting options.
December 22, 2013 (5 comments)
A slow Saturday was headlined by one major signing. 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 Shin-Soo Choo heading to Arlington, Indians rumors and minor moves, and more.
December 21, 2013 (8 comments)
Asdrubal Cabrera was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, yet when Cleveland finally made the playoffs in 2013, the shortstop had arguably the worst season of his career. With mega-prospect Francisco Lindor honing in on a major league spot and Cabrera only one year from free agency, many fans are ready to move on from the incumbent shortstop following his down season. Jim Piascik breaks down why Cabrera struggled offensively in 2013 and whether the shortstop can bounce back in 2014.
December 21, 2013 (12 comments)
Although there were no major signings on Friday, an intriguing story is developing in Baltimore. 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 Baltimore's ongoing issues with Grant Balfour, Kevin Youkilis heading overseas, and more.
December 20, 2013 (46 comments)
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 20, 2013 (8 comments)
Teams continue to look for opportunities to add to their ballclub in advance of the Christmas holiday. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a snag in the Grant Balfour deal, Scott Downs signing with the White Sox, and more.
December 19, 2013 (10 comments)
Since the last time the IBI's Michael Hattery opined in exacerbating detail the Indians have made three moves which will undoubtedly be impactful on the 2014 season. The three pertinent moves include the signing of John Axford, Shaun Marcum’s entrance into the fold, and the trade of Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman. As he always does, Michael takes a deep look into the Shaun Marcum signing and what kind of impact he made have and also gives his take on the Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman deal.
December 19, 2013 (2 comments)
Wednesday saw plenty of teams check items off of their holiday shopping list. 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 Drew Stubbs trade, Joaquin Benoit agreeing with San Diego, and much more.
December 18, 2013 (7 comments)
Join Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete, right here at Indiansbaseballinsider.com for a quick video/podcast outlining the Indians fairly busy week since the Winter Meetings ending. They'll talk John Axford, Shawn Marcum and the Drew Stubbs deal today, then talk about the potential moves that could be made over the next several weeks.
December 18, 2013 (20 comments)
The Cleveland Indians added David Murphy to their offense, and they subtracted Drew Stubbs, but past those moves, the Indians' offensive line-up of 2014 will look a lot like the offense of 2013. Is there an opportunity for this offense to improve, or did it plateau last year thanks to the potential decline years of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher? Join Jim Pete as he throws out an optimistic look at the Indians offense next season.
December 18, 2013 (31 comments)
Cleveland traded outfielder Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies Wednesday in exchange for left-hander reliever Josh Outman. The trade was first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and later confirmed by the Indians.
December 18, 2013 (10 comments)
With Yan Gomes established as Cleveland's starting catcher in 2014, Carlos Santana has begun to work out at third base in the Dominican Republic. Finding a way to get Santana at bats away from the designated hitter spot is a good one, but one big question remains: Will Santana at third base be more harmful than helpful? Jim Piascik looks at that question and puts moving Santana to the hot corner in context.
December 18, 2013 (10 comments)
After weeks of speculation the Orioles have finally landed their new closer. 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 signing with Baltimore, a former top Indians prospect attempting a comeback, and more.
December 17, 2013 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has signed free agent catcher Matt Treanor to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
December 17, 2013 (15 comments)
"From the gutter to the grail. we rise up to win it..." Those lyrical words of encouragement penned by newly-arrived pitching prospect Trevor Bauer provided some inspiration for the new-look Tribe early in the year. But while Bauer's contributions to the hip-hop community may have been productive last season, the same cannot be said for his pitching, unfortunately. Can he still live up to the hype? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates in this week's Swinging for the Fences.
December 17, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday that Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn have been added to the player lineup for this year’s Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 25 and 26.
December 17, 2013 (27 comments)
Team president Mark Shapiro continually hinted that Cleveland would sign a reliever with closing experience and that prophecy came true Sunday night, as the team agreed to sign former Milwaukee closer John Axford. The only reason Axford was available is due to his struggles in 2012 and 2013 following a dominant campaign in 2011. Jim Piascik analyzes Cleveland's new closer and what the right-hander needs to do to be successful in 2014.