The World Baseball Classic came to a close on Tuesday night when the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 to win the WBC crown. The Indians featured five active players, and with the tournament over the IBI's Kevin Dean reviews the performances by all five players in what was really an exciting, well played tournament.
Every international sports tournament has it: The Group of Death. A group so evenly matched and so stacked with talent from top to bottom that not even the most supremely talented seleccion sucked into its unforgiving vortex can consider themselves assured of advancement. That's what Team USA found themselves in over the weekend in their opening round of play, but survived and have moved on to the second round in Miami.
The International Signing Period kicked up yesterday July 2nd, and while a lot of teams expected the signings to come at a slower pace this year that has not really been the case so far as many high profile players have already agreed to terms on deals. The Indians themselves have been very busy inking one player to a $1.1 million bonus and three others for six figures. Tony has the details...
The annual July 2nd spending spree commences this coming Monday, though with the new changes to how teams operate and spend money internationally things are expected to be different. Tony gives an update on the new changes, talks with Indians Vice President of Scouting John Mirabelli about them, and also has the details on two new signings from the Pacific Rim.
The 2013 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!