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Manager: Terry Francona
Pitching Coach: Mickey Callaway
Hitting Coach: Ty Van Burkleo

January 30, 2014   (34 comments)
Starting from the Top: Bourn, Swisher and Kipnis
Last year, they started from the bottom. This year, we're starting from the top—at the top of the Indians lineup that is. For 56 games last year, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis hit one, two and three in the Tribe order respectively. They were far from the most potent bunch in baseball, but they have given Cleveland a new look and a new identity offensively. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a closer look at the offensive trio.
January 29, 2014   (51 comments)
Ubaldo just won't leave the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario
Ubaldo Jimenez has never been Jim Pete's favorite player. Not even close, but as the sub-zero temperatures envelope Cleveland, Jim takes a close look at the enigmatic starter and whether or not he's worth the risk of a one-to-three year deal at $11-$13 million per year. Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and deal Masterson? Will the Indians sign Masterson and forget Ubaldo? Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and Masterson? Weave through the highs and lows at this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
January 29, 2014   (21 comments)
MLB Storylines: Burnett to return for 2014
Tuesday saw a surprise new name enter the free agent starting pitcher ring. 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.J. Burnett deciding against retiring, the shrinking contract demands of Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.
January 28, 2014   (0 comments)
Indians create a memorable Tribe Fest for the fans
This past weekend marked the second installment of “Tribe Fest”, an Indians event intended to connect fans with Indians players, coaches, alumni, and front office staff. As Northeast Ohio endures the current arctic blast, it’s good to know warm weather and good baseball aren’t too far off at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. For those that missed the event, here are some details on what went down.
January 28, 2014   (29 comments)
MLB Storylines: Masterson extension talks put on hold
All signs are beginning to point to 2014 being the last year of Justin Masterson pitching in an Indians uniform. 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 Masterson contract extension situation, David Ortiz's future with the Red Sox, and more.
January 27, 2014   (27 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Masterson might be wise to sign now
Barring a last minute change of heart by both sides, the Indians and ace pitcher Justin Masterson appear to be heading to arbitration. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria says that finding a fair deal with the Indians on a contract extension may be a wise move for him and his agent. Tony also explains why he is becoming a believer in Carlos Santana playing third base, why Jim Thome should not be getting a statue, his thoughts on a successful Tribe Fest event and more.
January 27, 2014   (3 comments)
Indians sign Elliot Johnson to minor league contract
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent infielder Elliot Johnson to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
January 27, 2014   (12 comments)
MLB Storylines: Garza deal finally complete
With some major free agent dominoes falling lately, we may be in for a hectic week of baseball news. 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 Brewers finalizing their deal with Matt Garza, Jason Kipnis talking contract extension, and more.
January 26, 2014   (12 comments)
IBI Power Poll: How much time will Santana see at third?
Carlos Santana is the Cleveland Indians' best offensive player, but after signing Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and David Murphy, along with the emergence of Yan Gomes, he seems to be a player without a position. With an organizational movement in full effect to move the slugger to third base, will this Santana Shift experiment be successful? Join Jim Pete with this week's power poll looking at a potential move to third base for the Indians' guitar-playing slugger...
January 26, 2014   (21 comments)
Indians to unveil new Jim Thome statue
Sometimes things come natural. For Indians legend Jim Thome, the game of baseball was just that. The left-handed slugger had the natural ability to be a presence in the batter's box, and of course, knock 'em out of the park. Cleveland announced they will unveil the new Thome statue at Progressive Field on August 2. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz caught up with Thome at TribeFest and shares his thoughts on the future ballpark fixture.
January 25, 2014   (3 comments)
Q&A with Clint Frazier Part 2: Turning pro and preparing for '14
On Friday, the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted the first part of his Q&A with Clint Frazier talking about the process leading up to the draft, the Indians pursuit of him and how draft day went. Today, in the second and final part, Frazier and Tony talk about his first foray into pro ball, what he learned, what he struggled with, what adjustments he has made, how he is preparing for this season, his interactions with Francisco Lindor and more.
January 25, 2014   (1 comments)
MLB Storylines: Pitching market is starting to develop
Now that Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the Yankees, rumors involving the remaining free agent pitchers are intensifying. 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 post-Tanaka pitching market, the Twins still looking to add impact players, and more.
January 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Q&A with Clint Frazier Part 1: The Draft and more
The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down for an hour for an in-person interview with Indians 2013 first round pick outfielder Clint Frazier. In part one below, Frazier discusses in detail his experiences leading up to the draft, how he was discovered, his interactions with several Indians personnel leading up to the draft, his poor performance in front of Chris Antonetti, his relationship with Austin Meadows, how it came down to the Red Sox and Indians, and more.
January 24, 2014   (0 comments)
Indians sign Luke Carlin to minor league deal
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent catcher Luke Carlin to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
January 24, 2014   (4 comments)
MLB Storylines: Is Matt Garza set to become a Brewer?
Thursday was a day full of conflicting reports - which has become a theme this offseason. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichol will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a holdup in the Matt Garza deal, Grant Balfour finding a new home, and more.
January 23, 2014   (4 comments)
Indians sign David Aardsma to a minor league deal
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
January 23, 2014   (43 comments)
MLB Storylines: Tanaka domino finally falls, signs with Yankees
At long last, no more Masahiro Tanaka rumors! The offseason can now move on. 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 Yankees deal with Tanaka, Grady Sizemore landing a Major League deal, and more.
January 22, 2014   (4 comments)
The illusory long ball power of Jason Kipnis
Carrying a very solid walk rate and an excellent line-drive tendency, the Indians are counting on Kipnis to be a cornerstone for the Indians offense in 2014 and beyond. Yet while he had a career high 17-home run season in 2013, those expecting a 2014 power surge from Jason Kipnis may be disappointed. The IBI's John Grimm explains with some stunning analysis and detail, and shows just where his true value may be as a hitter.
January 22, 2014   (2 comments)
Lindor, Naquin and four others invited to ML camp
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Jake Lowery, outfielder Tyler Naquin, catcher Roberto Perez, infielder Joey Wendle and catcher/infielder Tony Wolters.
January 22, 2014   (21 comments)
Trading for Samardzija at that Corner of Carnegie and Ontario
The Cleveland Indians have quietly treaded water this offseason, striking to sign low-cost players to fill the holes that were in their roster. The Indians are ready to head to spring training with their current roster next month, but are cautiously optimistic that another move or two could be made before the season starts in April. Join Jim Pete with this weeks Corner, as he explores a Jeff Samardzija trade, and how difficult it's going to be to get those final moves.

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