Once the season officially starts, optimism often turns to the realities of what teams have on paper. It's hard to say what the Indians have on paper, because last year at this time, I'm not sure that a playoff team is what was evident. With players reporting to Goodyear, the mysteries will be answered. Before they are, let's close our eyes one last time and imagine just what might happen if it all clicks just once. Join Jim Pete with the 2014 State of the Indians' Union.
An uneventful day in MLB news was highlighted by the return of Indians baseball in sunny Goodyear, Arizona! 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 a picture on Twitter linking Suk-min Yoon to the Orioles, Roy Oswalt calls it a career, and more.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!