Barring a late-spring injury, the Indians Opening Day roster is officially set and ready to go. 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 Starling Marte's extension with the Pirates, the Indians finalizing their roster, and more.
March Madness is in full swing at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario as the Indians pack up Goodyear and head to Oakland for opening day. At the center of the insanity, Carlos Santana was named the starting 3rdbaseman over Lonnie Chisenhall & Carlos Carrasco was named the #5 starter over Josh Tomlin. Join Jim Pete as he takes a close look at dos Carlos, and throws a pre-cursory look at the AL Central in 2014.
It was final roster decision day inside the Indians locker room Wednesday. The Tribe announced that right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco has made the Opening Day 25-man roster, winning the final spot in the starting rotation. They also finalized the last few spots on the roster.
On Wednesday morning the Indians named Carlos Carrasco as the fifth starter and optioned Josh Tomlin to Triple-A Columbus. They also announced that Blake Wood and Scott Atchison made the team as the final bullpen options.
The Indians starting pitching staff will be trying to fill two significant holes left by the defections of Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. While Danny Salazar fills one of those spots, and some combination of Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin will try to fill the other, it’s Corey Kluber who will slot behind Justin Masterson and be tasked with helping him carry the rotation. It’s an amazing rise Kluber has undergone to get to this point, and the IBI's Michael Goodman talks about his key role for the team this season.
In a somewhat surprising move (yet not surprising at the same time), Carlos Santana will be manning the hot corner for the Tribe. 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 big news out of Cleveland, the Rangers looking to patch up their roster after injuries, and more.
Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver once said, "The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers." The Indians had a little bit of everything working for them Monday in the rubber-match against the Cincinnati Reds. Solid starting pitching, sound defense and three home runs lead the Tribe past Cincy, 8-3. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from Monday's contest.
Opening Day in Oakland is less than a week away! 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 Red Sox and Jon Lester setting a deadline for a contract extension, Tom Hamilton watches his son in the booth, the Indians make numerous roster moves, and more.
The Indians made several roster announcements on Monday morning as outfielder Michael Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, Nyjer Morgan and Lonnie Chisenhall were named to the opening day roster, Aaron Harang was released and more.
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.
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!