The Cleveland Indians are facing an extremely difficult offseason in which both Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir are entering free agency. Obviously, both pitchers rounded into a form that is reminiscent of their dominant years with both Colorado and Tampa Bay. The question is, do you sign both pitchers, or do you have to temper your offers based on the simple fact that Justin Masterson is a free agent in 2014? Join Jim Pete for this week's power poll.
Playoff baseball returned to Cleveland this year as Terry Francona and company surged to a 92-70 record and a berth in the wild card playoff game. That berth makes 2013 a success for Cleveland, even though the team lost in the one-game playoff. Given where this team was at the end of last year, the turnaround is just tremendous. As I do at the end of every year, here is the ranking of all 49 players who logged time for the big league club in 2013.
The Indians season and push to the postseason was like a rollercoaster that came to a sudden stop. In today's Tribe Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria tries to put things in proper perspective after a tough playoff loss and abrupt end to the season on Wednesday night. He also looks at the future of Ubaldo Jimenez as an Indian, the many decisions that looms for the Indians on players like Joe Smith, Scott Kazmir, Chris Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera and others, and even talks about the possibility of trading Michael Bourn.
As the Indians season comes to an end, they find themselves in an enviable position when it comes to their depth at catcher. Coming into this season the Indians seemed to be set for the foreseeable future behind the plate with the heavy hitting Carlos Santana and looked to be in good shape at one of the most important positions on the diamond. Then, without warning, Yan Gomes happened. IBI newcomer Matt Rose opines in his debut piece about how valuable Gomes was in 2013 and how the catching situation is even more enviable.
The Cleveland Indians' season came to an end Wednesday after the team was defeated 4-0 by the Tampa Bay Rays. While the loss was a tough one to sour, it's important to not discount the immense improvement made by the Indians in Terry Francona's first season as manager. It appears as if the foundation is now set for this team to be a contender for years to come. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he offers his perspective on the topic in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
With the offseason officially underway for the Cleveland Indians, it is time to start looking at the roster and who might return in 2014. Here is a list of the major league and minor league free agents throughout the organization, as well as some other potential free agents depending on some roster decisions that are made later this offseason.
When a team goes from a 94 loss season to a 92 win season there are going to be a collection of production increases at multiple positions. Today, in brevity the IBI's Michael Hattery looks at the positional production team wide using surface statistics to show the difference from 2012 to 2013. This is a great read and shows how the Indians made marked improvement in 2013 and where they can look for creative opportunities to improve in 2014.
A packed Progressive Field was rocking at the start of last night’s AL Wildcard game between the Rays and Indians, but it was not enough as the Indians fell short 4-0. With the win, the Rays move on to face the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday in Fenway Par. With the loss, the Indians get set to pack their bags and head home for the season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares his second thoughts on the game.
For a city that has endured countless pain and suffering when it comes to sports teams, Wednesday night at Progressive Field simply added more heartbreak. The Indians first trip to the postseason in six years ended before it really started, as the Tampa Bay Rays behind the arm of 25-year old right-hander Alex Cobb shutout the Tribe, 4-0 to win the one-game wild card playoff, ending Cleveland’s season.
The American League Wildcard game may happening, but that did not stop the Cleveland Indians from making a move toward boosting their depth for 2014 and beyond. On Wednesday evening they claimed right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd from the Philadephia Phillies. To make room for him they designated left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada for assignment.
The City of Cleveland is in the midst of a Indians' summer, and there's an all to familiar buzz surrounding the North Coast that's been absent for the past six years. The Indians are facing off against a fellow small market team tonight at 8:00 at Progressive Field, and many feel that the Indians are in over their head. Join Jim Pete as he talks about the history of Cleveland's October buzz, reminisces about Terry Francona's first press conference buzz on October 8 of last year, and looks at where this buzz may be going this year and beyond.
Join IBI's Jim Pete and Michael Hattery as they take a closer look at Wednesday's match-up between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays. Hattery and Pete talk all things wildcard, including what to make of the Indians line-up, should Jason Giambi start, the matchup between Salazar vs. Cobb (and why Salazar is truly elite), the Indians line-up and roster choices, why Carlos Santana at #4 and #5 in the order may prove to be key players offensively for the Indians, how Jason Kipnis could be the breakout star, why Michael loves Lonnie Chisenhall, and who will ultimately win this ballgame.
Tonight, two teams will battle for the wildcard and earn the right to play in the American League Division Series this weekend at Fenway Park. The IBI's DJ Sebastian thought it would be insightful to compare and contrast those two teams from a slightly different perspective and he does so as only he can. A nice read looking at the history, fans, makeup, managers, and how each team got to where they are today.
The Indians released their roster for the American League Wildcard game against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. The roster includes 11 pitchers and 14 position players, and really no surprises with the makeup of it.
The 2014 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!