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.
December 17, 2013 (17 comments)
The Indians continue to make minor moves to add to their overall depth. 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 Shaun Marcum as the next Cleveland revival project, an AL Central closer getting traded, and more.
December 16, 2013 (7 comments)
The Indians and right-handed closer John Axford are set to sign a one year $4.5 million deal that will include an additional $1.75 million in incentives based on games finished. He is expected to undergo a physical on Wednesday after which the deal will be formally announced provided he passes it. The Indians have also signed right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum to a minor league deal.
December 16, 2013 (14 comments)
A rather large edition of Tribe Happenings today! The IBI's Tony Lastoria chimes in and gives his thoughts at the Indians lack of deals at the Winter Meetings, looks at the signing of John Axford as the team's new closer and why it concerns him, why he's completely on board with the Indians using Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in middle relief, why the chances of a Justin Masterson extension may hinge on what happens with Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana this offseason, and much more!
December 16, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a busy week in the winter leagues, and perhaps no story was bgiger than the ongoing dispute taking place between Leones del Caracas and the Cleveland Indians in regard to Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar has been almost unstoppable this winter, but could his season be coming to a close? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he provides all the details on that situation and also updates you other performers in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 16, 2013 (14 comments)
Sunday saw the Indians reach an agreement with a new closer for 2014. 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 Indians signing of John Axford, Mark Ellis heading to St. Louis, and more.
December 15, 2013 (18 comments)
Per ESPN's Buster Olney, the Indians have an agreement with free agent right-handed closer John Axford. The deal is pending a physical and terms of the deal are not known at this time.
December 15, 2013 (28 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have signed David Murphy, an underrated and to some, and underwhelming free agent this offseason, and haven't really done much of anything else to compensate their free agent losses. If you were able to take the keys from Chris Antonetti and drive the Indians ship, what would you do? Join Jim Pete in his less than perfect attempt to create a poll for you to do just that.
December 15, 2013 (3 comments)
Saturday has a bit of an uneventful day, but still saw a couple of notable signings. 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 Juan Uribe staying with the Dodgers, the Twins continuing to add pitching and more.
December 14, 2013 (24 comments)
The first full day after the Winter Meetings saw a couple of contending teams make some moves. 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 Omar Infante going to the Royals, Boone Logan heading to Denver, and minor Indians moves.
December 13, 2013 (5 comments)
The Indians have announced that they have signed infielder David Adams to a major league contract. They have also signed right-handed pitcher Travis Banwart, outfielder Matt Carson and right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd to minor league deals and extended them invites to major league spring training.
December 12, 2013 (17 comments)
The Winter Meetings have wrapped up, but the news and rumors continue to trickle in. The big news over the last 24 hours is the Indians pursuit of a closer which appears to be heating up as they reportedly have offers out to John Axford and Jaoquin Benoit. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about this development and how important it is to solidify the backend of the bullpen, and he also provides updates on other Indians related news.
December 12, 2013 (26 comments)
Over the past few weeks, the idea of trading Michael Bourn has become a hipster approach both because of the market place that currently exists as well as his contract implications on the Indians over the next three possibly four years. The IBI's Michael Hattery has fluctuated in between camps regarding whether or not Bourn should be dealt, and in his latest Trend Spotting piece assesses his value in the market and to the Indians.
December 11, 2013 (26 comments)
Day three of the Winter Meetings is coming to a close. The Indians have not made a trade and have been quiet on the free agent front, but the Justin Masterson trade possibility continues to dominate the Indians related news. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the mixed messages being sent about whether or not the Indians really are considering trading Masterson and also reviews and provides insight into all of the Indians related news at the Winter Meetings.
December 11, 2013 (33 comments)
The rumors are circulating that the Cleveland Indians are entertaining offers for their ace, Justin Masterson. Of course, during the Winter Meetings, rumors and fact are often mixed together so much in this era of Twitter and Facebook, that it's hard to know what's true, and what's not. Join Jim Pete to find out what it will take for the Indians to deal their ace, or sign him long term so he remains at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
December 10, 2013 (15 comments)
Day two of the 2013 Winter Meetings is wrapping up. The free agent rumors are starting to heat up and the trade activity has increased with two big trades so far on the day. Things are a little quieter on the Indians front, though quite a stir was created when word got out how the Indians are "listening" to offers for Justin Masterson. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why they are doing this, talks about Asdrubal Cabera's market, and provides updates and thoughts on all the Indians-related news at the Winter Meetings.