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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 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: January 23, 2014
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido team got back on track on Thursday night with a much needed 6-5 win. Down 3 games to none in the nine-game series, Santana broke the ice off his week long cold spell with a two-run homer and a half dozen plays in the field at third base. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details...
 
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   (30 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Indians Prospects countdown preview
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top Prospect countdown is here.....well....sort of. Tomorrow we kick things off with the first player in the on-line listing with #50, but today Tony sets us all up with a preview to help explain where the Indians' system is at the moment, the strengths and weaknesses of the system, the breakout candidates, who is eligible to be ranked, and all the guidelines for the ranking.
 
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 23, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: January 22, 2014
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido team lost again on Wednesday night and are now down 0-3 in their league championship series in the Dominican Winter League. Santana had a good game at the plate, an area of his game he has struggled at recently, and the IBI's Michael Goodman recaps his outing...
 
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.
 
January 22, 2014   (21 comments)
MLB Storylines: Have Masterson, Indians reached an impasse?
The Indians long-standing streak of not going to an arbitration hearing with a player may be in jeopardy. 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 lack of progress on contract talks between Masterson and the Indians, Grant Balfour deciding on his next team, and more.
 
January 22, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: January 21, 2014
The Venezuela Winter League wrapped up round robin play on Tuesday night and moved onto their league championship series. Meanwhile, Carlos Santana is still getting valuable playing time at third base in the Dominican Winter league finals. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night and provides a listing of Indians still playing winter ball.
 
January 21, 2014   (8 comments)
Swinging for the Fences: Santana at third and roster versatility
This offseason's Winter Ball campaign has been an interesting and exciting one for Tribe fans for two reasons: 1) Jesus Aguilar ('nuff said!) and 2) Carlos Santana has traded the catcher's mitt for a third baseman's glove, a decision that could prove to be beneficial not only for Santana as he searches for a new permanent position, but also for the team as their versatility would only improve with the shift. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains.
 

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