In between shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping and spending some time with his family, Jim Pete didn't let Christmas get in the way of your weekly stroll at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Unfortunately for the readers here at IBI, he decided it was a grand occastion for theme week. Join Jim as he takes you through the 12 Days of a Cleveland Indians' Christmas, for the 2014 season.
So far this offseason, while the rest of baseball has been consumed with 10-year contracts, posting fees and blockbuster trades, the Indians have been hard at work finding value on the market without breaking the bank. Chris Antonetti has thus far done an adequate job at combing the available arms for starting pitching and bullpen help. Have they been blockbuster moves? No, but the IBI's Jake Dungan says not to be quick to overlook the minor league signings.
In the last day before the Christmas holiday begins, Monday was highlighted by seven waiver claims. 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 day full of waiver claims, the Dodgers add bullpen pieces, and more.
With everyone wrapping up their Christmas shopping today and tomorrow, the Indians themselves appear to have completed most of their shopping list this offseason with the pickups of David Murphy, John Axford, Josh Outman and Shaun Marcum. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes they have one big hole to fill and they their focus will be on looking for creative ways to fill it. He discusses that and also looks at the Outman and Marcum pickups, how Jesus Aguilar can impact the roster and more.
It was a busy week in the Caribbean winter leagues as the Dominican Winter League's regular season came to a close, and the playoffs will begin shortly. In other news, Carlos Santana continued to work on his move to third base and Joseph Colon had another brilliant outing. Plus, Tyler Sturdevant continues to turn heads as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these items and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
Sunday was another slow day, as teams get ready to celebrate the Christmas holiday. 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 Chris Perez agreeing with the Dodgers, Scott Boras trying to work his magic, and more.
The Cleveland Indians seem to be addressing all of their needs this offseason, even if they aren't using big dollars to do it. There aren't many questions remaining on the 25-man roster, but one that is glaring is the #5 starter. Today's IBI Power Poll will take a look at just that question. It could be a bigger question than you think. Last season, Scott Kazmir broke camp as the Indians' #5 starter. Who will it be this year? Join Jim Pete with your #5 starting options.
A slow Saturday was headlined by one major signing. 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 Shin-Soo Choo heading to Arlington, Indians rumors and minor moves, and more.
Asdrubal Cabrera was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, yet when Cleveland finally made the playoffs in 2013, the shortstop had arguably the worst season of his career. With mega-prospect Francisco Lindor honing in on a major league spot and Cabrera only one year from free agency, many fans are ready to move on from the incumbent shortstop following his down season. Jim Piascik breaks down why Cabrera struggled offensively in 2013 and whether the shortstop can bounce back in 2014.
Although there were no major signings on Friday, an intriguing story is developing in Baltimore. 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 ongoing issues with Grant Balfour, Kevin Youkilis heading overseas, and more.
It's December 20, and there still has been hardly a whisper heard about Ubaldo Jimenez? The starting pitching market has been slow to develop, and there are no signs as to where Jimenez may ultimately land. The big right-hander played a key role in the Indians' 2013 postseason berth, and it seems probable that he could still re-sign with Cleveland. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on why the Indians need to re-sign Jimenez in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
Teams continue to look for opportunities to add to their ballclub in advance of the Christmas holiday. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a snag in the Grant Balfour deal, Scott Downs signing with the White Sox, and more.
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!