Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with Double-A Akron hitting coach Jim Rickon. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Rickon and talked about all of the major players that he worked with this season at Akron. They discussed the big step forward that Jesus Aguilar took, the strides that Carlos Moncrief has made to become a star, the impressive hitting skills that Jose Ramirez possesses, and much more on several other players named Urshela, Holt, Rodriguez, Lowery, Naquin, Lindor and so on.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas on Call to the Bullpen and several lucky teams will be getting some early Christmas presents during the MLB Winter Meetings this week. Will the Indians be among the recipients? Join the IBI's Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove as have all the latest Tribe and other Hot Stove rumors and speculations tonight at 9pm ET on another special offseason installment of Call to the Bullpen
The rumors are circulating that the Cleveland Indians are entertaining offers for their ace, Justin Masterson. Of course, during the Winter Meetings, rumors and fact are often mixed together so much in this era of Twitter and Facebook, that it's hard to know what's true, and what's not. Join Jim Pete to find out what it will take for the Indians to deal their ace, or sign him long term so he remains at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
The winter leagues press on and are nearing the end of their seasons with about three weeks remaining. One player who is finishing strong is first baseman Jesus Aguilar who is on a record setting home run pace after he launched his 15th and 16th home runs of his winter ball campaign in Venezuela on Tuesday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his game along with all the other Indians that were in action.
Day two of the 2013 Winter Meetings is wrapping up. The free agent rumors are starting to heat up and the trade activity has increased with two big trades so far on the day. Things are a little quieter on the Indians front, though quite a stir was created when word got out how the Indians are "listening" to offers for Justin Masterson. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why they are doing this, talks about Asdrubal Cabera's market, and provides updates and thoughts on all the Indians-related news at the Winter Meetings.
The 2013 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 12th at 10:00 a.m. ET and unofficially closes the Winter Meetings. It does not get big headlines, but there are some players taken in the hopes of filling out a major league roster and sometimes some good players are unearthed which become regulars or even All Stars. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at all of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 35 players.
Dodging rumors from every corner of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, it was a busy first day for the Tribe at the week long Baseball Winter Meetings. Even with newly signed first baseman David Cooper in the fold, the move won't stop GM Chris Antonetti from looking at ways to keep improving the offense. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a look at potential free agent hitters and trade targets for the Tribe.
By now, fans are familiar with the nicknames "Little Cowboy" and "The Herrmannator" as their recipients have been in Cleveland for a while now. But despite their tenure, starting pitcher Josh Tomlin and right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann have not yet had their 'golden opportunity' to prove themselves as their time with the actual big league club has been sporadic. However, they may finally get that chance in 2014. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains in his weekly column.
The Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida kicked into gear on Monday, but several hundreds of miles away the offseason winter leagues continued. The Dominican Winter League was off on Monday, but the Indians had a few players in action in Puerto Rico and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps how they did.
Join Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete as they talk Winter Meetings now that day on is over. Today, the Indians signed David Cooper to a Major League deal, talked to Grant Balfour's agent, and are taking offers Justin Masterson? Are the Indians really considering a deal for Masterson, and what would have to be in place for that to happen? Join us LIVE, talking Winter Meetings.
Day one of the 2013 Winter Meetings is almost in the books. Teams are just starting to get things going with all of the wheeling and dealing, and the Indians have already made one small signing inking David Cooper to a major league deal. The Indians have also approached players like Grant Balfour, Jason Hammel and others. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the first day of action and gives his thoughts on all the news and rumors pertaining to the Indians.
After a successful season where the Indians improved by 24 games in the win column and made the playoffs, there are high expectations for the 2014 season. Fans expect the Indians to maintain their status as a playoff caliber team and improve the roster so that they can go deeper into the playoffs and potentially win a World Series. The Indians have descended upon the Winter Meetings in Orlando and the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks into what should realistically should be expected this offseason, the preparations made for the Winter Meetings, a significant injury to Jose Ramirez, and more.
Get out your Christmas wish lists Tribe fans. The 2014 Baseball Winter Meetings officially kickoff today, marking the beginning of a four day week fueled with a flurry of rumors and activity, both in free agency and on the trade front. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a look at potential pitching free agent and trade fits for the Tribe.
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!