February 11, 2014 (20 comments)
Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Goodyear today to kick off spring training for the Indians. With the outset of spring training, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at some of the key non-roster invites this spring and how they could fit into and impact the opening day roster. He also breaks down the Michael Brantley deal, explains the need for a signing bonus, talks about draft compensation for Ervin Santana, discusses why the Indians need to go to arbitration is more about principle than money, and more!
February 11, 2014 (71 comments)
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
February 11, 2014 (9 comments)
The Indians extension of Michael Brantley's contract signals a desire from the front office to hold onto the core of the 2013 playoff team. 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 Brantley extension, news on Ervin Santana and A.J. Burnett, and more.
February 10, 2014 (24 comments)
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have reached an agreement on a multi-year deal with outfielder Michael Brantley. The reported deal is for four years with an option for a fifth year.
February 10, 2014 (7 comments)
Carlos Santana genuinely had excellent offensive numbers last season against left-handed pitching, and while he also had good numbers against right-handed pitching there is a clear different with his approach and power when facing a right-hander. The IBI's John Grimm takes a deep and detailed look into his approach from the left and right side of the plate and pinpoints the difference as to why he is so different from each side of the plate.
February 10, 2014 (21 comments)
Only a week remains before full squad workouts begin and there are still several big names left on the free agent market. 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 rumors swirling about Ervin Santana, the Pirates first base situation, and more.
February 9, 2014 (17 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have many great eras in their past, but none stand out more to today's fan than the prodigious offensive teams of the 1990's. Those teams were some of the best offensive teams in the history of the game, and while they never brought home a World Series championship, their playoff runs will be remembered for many years to come. With all of the discussion about Thome's statue, the inevitable question has to be asked. Who is the Indians' best player from those 90's team? Join Jim Pete for Sunday's Power Poll.
February 9, 2014 (28 comments)
The price tags on the remaining free agent starting pitchers continue to drop. 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 Vinnie Pestano's arbitration hearing, the Dodgers adding to their pitching depth, and more.
February 8, 2014 (2 comments)
The game of baseball is a series of nines. There are nine innings to a game and nine players are on the field for each team. So it's appropriate that the first Tribe-via test is nine questions plus one non-Tribe related question (kind of like the designated hitter). How many can you get right?
February 8, 2014 (7 comments)
Now that one of the top remaining free agent starters have signed, will we see a flurry of starting pitching moves in the coming week? 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 Bronson Arroyo getting his multiyear deal, A.J. Burnett's suitors, and more.
February 7, 2014 (17 comments)
As always, the Indians have brought in a slew of minor league signings for Spring Training this year. In the past, this has proven to be both a successful and unsuccessful practice for the Tribe, but how does the crop look for this year? What minor league signings have the best chance of sticking? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 7, 2014 (5 comments)
Within the coming days we should start to see more of the top remaining free agents coming off of the board. 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 Fernando Rodney finding a home in Seattle, where the Orioles go from here, and more.
February 6, 2014 (8 comments)
The Indians made another minor league signing on Wednesday and they now have 23 players invited to Major League spring training as non-roster players. The IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in once again in a pinch-hitting role and provides all of the news and notes from the day by recapping the Bryan LaHair signing with the Indians, the finalists for Bronson Arroyo and more.
February 5, 2014 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have been fairly silent since the start of 2014. As the Tribe buses head from Cleveland to Goodyear, Arizona for next week's report dates, Jim Pete ponders last year's last-minute Michael Bourn signing, how it was likely their big move for 2014, and discusses the possibility of another Indians splash in February, Spring Training or July's trade deadline.
February 5, 2014 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent first baseman and outfielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
February 4, 2014 (2 comments)
Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, the start of the 2014 MLB season is right around the corner. 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 Jeremy Hellickson injury, Scott Boras discussing a few of his top remaining clients, and more.
February 3, 2014 (55 comments)
The Ubaldo Jimenez saga is one that many Indians fans have followed with great interest this offseason. The door appeared to be closed on his potential return to the Indians when he declined a qualifying offer back in October, but his market has crashed enough where the Indians may be back in play for him. Or are they? The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at whether Jimenez and the Indians could be a fit on a one year deal and looks at his contract issues of the past that led to the Rockies trading him and wonders if it is a red flag when considering signing him to a below market multi-year deal.
February 2, 2014 (5 comments)
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are playing each other in today's Super Bowl. While staying in that same frame of mind, today's power poll is going to stick to World Champions. Believe it or not, the Cleveland Indians have two World Championships, both in 1920 and 1948. Instead of worrying about the best team, which of these two championship teams is your favorite?
February 2, 2014 (0 comments)
February is here and that means baseball is right around the corner! 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 attempts to lock up their stars, a surprise move by the Royals, and more.
February 1, 2014 (4 comments)
Last week the IBI's John Grimm took an exceptionally deep look into Jason Kipnis's home run prowess in 2013. While researching and preparing that piece he noticed that perhaps the most notable development in his 2013 campaign was his substantial increase in both strikeouts and walks. He breaks it down as only he can with tons of data and analysis on the Indians All Star second baseman and what those increases mean.