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November 5, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Indians lock up Francona through 2020
The Indians locked up an important piece to their organization on Tuesday as they agreed to a two-year extension with manager Terry Francona that also includes two option years to bring him under club control through 2020. The IBI's Jay Frierson shares the details on the extension as well as all the other news and notes throughout baseball on Tuesday.
November 4, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Twins tab Molitor as next manager
It's hard to believe that it's already November! 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 Twins and Cubs finalizing deals with their new managers, who could be candidates for the Tampa job, many players receiving qualifying offers, and more.
November 3, 2014   (6 comments)
Kang looks like this year's top international prize for MLB teams
Every year there seems to be a big posting that generates a lot of talk. This year the big foreign posting is a shortstop from Korea named Jung-Ho Kang. Get ready for an avalanche of stories on this young player as he is a need to know hot stove name that even most diehard baseball fans don’t know very well. The IBI's Jeff Ellis gives us the 411 on him as a player and also talks of the Indians interest in him.
November 3, 2014   (12 comments)
Storylines: Indians could chase Morse or Ludwick
The Cleveland Indians failed to make the playoffs last season after making it as a wildcard team in 2013; however, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he believe the Indians will be fine going into next season and will be a contender again. The IBI's Jay Frierson notes who Hoynes has the Indians tagetting in free agency and he recaps all the other news from the day...
November 1, 2014   (10 comments)
Storylines: Cubs fire Renteria, hire Maddon
The Cavaliers got the first win of their young season on Friday night. Are big things ahead? 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 Cubs hiring Joe Maddon and the potential tampering charges that could follow, what kind of contract Pablo Sandoval is seeking, the Indians shuffle up the front office, and more.
October 31, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Youkilis will hang up spikes on his career
Happy Halloween! It feels weird that the baseball season is officially over. That doesn't mean the hot stove is taking a break! 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 Kevin Youkilis calling it a career, many players saw their options exercised or declined, where the Royals go from here, and more.
October 30, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Bumgarner, Giants close out Royals to win title
It wasn't a memorable series in that five of the seven games were decided by five or more runs, but it certainly had its moments with a dramatic Game 7 nailbiter and a superhuman performance throughout the series from Madison Bumgarner. In the end, the Giants won their third title in five years and Bumgarner is on top of the baseball world. The IBI's Tony Lastoria fills in with the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday.
October 29, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: All tied up! Royals force Game 7 with blowout win
It all comes down to this. After seven months of games and thousands of games around the league, the Major League Baseball season will officially come to a close on Wednesday night when the Giants and Royals square off in Game 7 of the World Series. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps how the Royals evened the series up on Tuesday and also provides all the other news and notes from around the league...
October 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: The search for a manager continues for Twins
The weather in much of Northeast Ohio will be much warmer than normal on Tuesday. Is it making you miss going out to the ball park? 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 Twins and their continued search for a manager, which reliever could be a commodity this offseason, what could happen with Yoenis Cespedes, and more.
October 27, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Giants close to within one win of another title
Madison Bumgarner and the Giants shut out the Royals on Sunday night 5-0 and are one win away from a World Series championship. Also, tragedy struck the baseball world on Sunday evening as word came about that young outfielder and phenom Oscar Tavares of the St. Louis Cardinals had died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides all the news and notes from the day...
October 25, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Maddon opts out of Tampa Bay
The Royals took Game 3 of the World Series last night. Is momentum swinging in their favor? 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 Joe Maddon exercising his opt-out clause, what kind of contract Victor Martinez is looking for, the contract details of Andrew Friedman's deal with the Dodgers is released, and more.
October 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: John Hart named head of baseball ops with Braves
The World Series is tied up at one all. Who do you have in game three? 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 John Hart being named head of baseball ops in Atlanta, a former Indian favorite signed a one year deal, what the Giants plan to do with Pablo Sandoval, and more.
October 23, 2014   (47 comments)
Storylines: Indians pick up club option on Milke Aviles
The Indians made some news on Wednesday as they picked up the $3.5 million club option on utility infielder Mike Aviles. To some this may come as a surprise, but if anyone has been following what Tony has been saying on this site the past month or so, it was not. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the news on the Aviles decision and more...
October 22, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Giants jump on Shields, Royals for Game 1 win
Game 1 of the 2014 World Series finally arrived on Tuesday, and it was a clunker as the Giants jumped out to a big lead on the Royals and James Shields before cruising to a 7-1 win behind the left arm of Madison Bumgarner. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the news and notes from the World Series and around the league on Tuesday.
October 20, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Power outage a problem throughout baseball
News is slow these days. Some of that is due to a big layoff before the start of the World Series on Tuesday, but a lot of it is due to the league mandate that teams do not make news during the World Series so as to not upstage the Fall Classic. But there are some news and notes from around the league, and the IBI's Jay Frierson recaps them.
October 18, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Former Orioles second baseman Roberts retires
With both the Royals and Giants off on Friday as they prepare for the start of the World Series on Tuesday, there were a lot of moves around baseball to finalize some managerial and executive positions on several teams. But the big news of the day was the retirement of Brian Roberts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares all the news and notes from the day...
October 17, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Rangers tab Banister as new manager
The World Series matchup is now set! Do the Royals or Giants win it all? 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 Rangers managerial decision, the new Rays front office, where Nelson Cruz could be leaning, and more.
October 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Royals flush the Orioles, move onto World Series
The Kansas City party continued on Wednesday as they won another close game, 2-1, and in the process swept the Orioles in the ALCS and are heading to the World Series for the first time in 20 years. The Giants also took a commanding lead in their series with the Cardinals after a 6-4 win. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps all the news and notes from another busy day around baseball...
October 15, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Friedman joins Dodgers, Colletti reassigned
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a foundation changing move on Tuesday that will potentially change the landscape of them for years to come. The Dodgers hired former Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman as the new President of Operations of the team. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the details on the big move along with all the other news and notes from the day.
October 14, 2014   (65 comments)
Hot Stove Rumors: Josh Donaldson
While the MLB postseason is not over, the Hot Stove season has already begun. The minute teams have ended their season or been eliminated from the playoffs we have had writers who are not close to teams making pronouncements that certain players are already on the market. One of those was a claim by ESPN's Buster Olney that the Athletics will put third baseman Josh Donaldson on the market this offseason. The IBI's Jeff Ellis believes he would be a great fit if he is available, but the cost to acquire him would be enormous.

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