Indians players have been sporting t-shirts with the motto “Unfinished Business” -- a call to extending their run from last year to winning a World Series championship in 2014. However, they have some unfinished business to take care of off of the field if they plan to keep that window open beyond this season. That unfinished business is, of course, keeping Justin Masterson in Cleveland.
For the first time all spring, the Indians have dropped two straight, falling to the L.A. Angels Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 5-2. L.A. struck for two runs early off Tribe starter Zach McAllister in the first inning, highlighted on a RBI triple by Albert Pujols. The nine-time All-Star went 2-for-2 in the ballgame and helped the Angels extend their winning streak to five straight. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action.
In just one short week, we will all be patiently waiting for 10:00 PM and the first pitch of the Indians' 2014 season. 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 two different sides of the Max Scherzer extension offer, David Ortiz getting his new deal with Boston, and more.
The Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson failed to reach an agreement with Justin Masterson. The Indians have been reticent in past years to sign post-arbitration pitchers to long-term deals, and this proved true again this offseason. Join Jim Pete for this week's Sunday Drive, where he takes a look a the Indians' 'Jake Westbrook Rule,' the new clubhouse mentality, Elliot Johnson and how things are rarely what they seem in the spring.
Opening Day is fast approaching and Cleveland is faced with some tough roster decisions to make. 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 roster moves made by the Indians, an injury to Josh Johnson, and more.
In the recently completed 2014 IBI Top 50, the projection of each player contributed heavily to the final rankings. But since Cleveland has designs on contending for the playoffs again and will need to dip into the minor league ranks at some point in the season, Jim Piascik analyzed the minor league system for who could help in 2014. Join Jim as he profiles six hitting prospects who can help the team in 2014.
Opening Day in Major League Baseball is finally here ... in Australia! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Tigers losing another key member of their team to injury, David Ortiz being close to a contract extension, and more.
So how on Earth could Cleveland not finish negotiations with current #1 starter Justin Masterson and keep him long-term? That is the question on everyone's mind this morning after news broke Thursday night that extension talks between Masterson and the team are over. But what if Cleveland is making a reasonable decision? Jim Piascik takes that unpopular opinion, looking at how the extension negotiations went and why not getting a deal done is actually a rational, if disappointing, conclusion.
It's officially spring which means Opening Day is near! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the news that Justin Masterson could be hitting free agency at season's end, the Blue Jays claiming outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers, and more.
The future is always a tough thing to predict. Sure things can become question marks just as quickly as the impossible can turn into reality. The same could be said for a new baseball season. It's the fresh start and warmer weather that seems to bring out a heavy dose of optimism in all of us. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz gives his 10 bold predictions on the 2014 Cleveland Indians.
You might wonder who came up with the idea of getting baseball teams to travel to warm climates in February, so their players can practice for six weeks to prepare for the real games that count. It’s like your employer paying you to take an extended vacation to a sunny locale. Brilliant! The IBI's DJ Sebastian shares how the Cactus League was started and takes us on a trip down memory lane with lots of good anecdotes from spring training's of the past.
The Tigers are in the market for a new shortstop, and there appear to be plenty available. 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 Diamondbacks willing to part with Didi Gregorious, Detroit's needs, and more.
It was a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly Wednesday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. Things looked good early on for the Tribe, as Indians hitters jumped to a three run lead through the first four innings against Oakland. Despite a fast start, that would be all the scoring for the Wahoo's in this one, as the Athletics outscored the Tribe 13-0 over the final five frames to pickup an easy 13-3 win. After yielding five earned runs in the ballgame, could Carlos Carrasco now be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cleveland rotation? IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
Welcome to Smoke Signals, as Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria talk spring training, as the Indians time in Goodyear begins to wind down. Camp is unusually quiet as most of the roster is set, but how could things change over the next two weeks? Who could be heading to Cleveland, and who could be heading to the minors or perhaps even off to other big league teams?
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!