Corey Kluber is the most interesting man in the world. Perhaps that is an overstatement, but his quiet, complex demeanor is so entirely appealing. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deep look into Kluber in the way that only he can by breaking down his performance in 2013 and why he ascended to a good starting pitcher option.....and gives his recommendation as to whether such performance is sustainable for 2014 and beyond.
The Cleveland Indians have a model that they've followed since John Hart left the Indians in 2001. This model has brought the club four 90-win seasons, but have failed to get the Indians to the World Series. Can this team take the next step, or will the follow the path of their predecessors, who failed to make the final moves to win the ultimate Prize. Join Jim Pete with his weekly stroll around the Corner of Carnegie...
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has been selected as the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association. He edged Boston's John Farrell and Oakland’s Bob Melvin who were also finalists for the award.
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
The Cleveland Indians have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, but with their current crop of free agents still making up their minds, it's hard to predict where the Indians will go for free agent or trade help. While we are waiting, let's take a look at some potential "newcomers" within the system. In this week's Power Poll, which potential rookie or potential minor leaguer will have the most impact with the Indians in 2014?
The Indians bullpen is at a crossroads this offseason. No longer can they rely on Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith at the backend of the bullpen like they have the last three years since Perez is gone, Smith is likely gone and Pestano has health concerns. The Indians will likely rely more heavily on Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen, but they are expected to be creative in finding more help for the backend of the bullpen. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at some potential trade targets to fill that need.
Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to decline the qualifying offer that the Indians extended to him this week, and thus will have declined a contract with the Indians for 2014 not once, but twice. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why it is time to move on from Jimenez and how his market may be shaping up. He also talks about why Scott Kazmir was not extended a qualifying offer, runs through some early rumors, explains why Jesus Aguilar has played third base of late, and more.
With the offseason now in full swing, we know that one of the Indians' top priorities will be re-signing either one or both of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir? But what if the team does indeed lose both players to free agency? Who should be the team's target then? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he presents his case in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
Entering 2013, the Indians had as stable a backend of the bullpen with Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Fast forward to the end of the season, and suddenly it might be the most unstable position on the team since Smith is a free agent, Perez was released, and Pestano is a complete unknown after a tough 2013 because of injury and performance issues. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at the free agent relievers and how they might fit with the Indians this offseason and fill a need for the team.
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said," Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it; not hard enough and it flies away." Terry Francona seems to have the perfect grasp when it comes to holding the Indians together. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz discusses why Francona will once again prove to be valuable this offseason.
We are a week into the Hot Stove season of the 2013-2014 baseball season, and the rumors and innuendos are already at play. Chris Perez is gone, Jason Giambi is back, and Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Joe Smith and Matt Albers are leaving/staying/leaving/staying. Terry Francona has reached out to an old friend in Tim Hudson, and the ball is rolling at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Join Jim Pete as he weaves through it all...
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.
In part one, the IBI's Andy Nichols discussed possible free agent targets the Indians may look to add in order to help their rotation in the event that Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir find themselves a new home this winter. Today, in part two, he divulges into potential trade targets. This is always a tricky undertaking, as it's hard to know which players will be made available by their teams, especially this early in the offseason, but Andy comes up with a pretty nice list.
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!