The Cleveland Indians have been fairly silent since the start of 2014. As the Tribe buses head from Cleveland to Goodyear, Arizona for next week's report dates, Jim Pete ponders last year's last-minute Michael Bourn signing, how it was likely their big move for 2014, and discusses the possibility of another Indians splash in February, Spring Training or July's trade deadline.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent first baseman and outfielder Bryan LaHair to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Jake Lowery. Lowery had a strong, consistent season last year for the Indians both at the plate and behind it and made some significant strides with his body to better handle the daily rigors of catching. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria delves into what makes Lowery so intriguing as a catching prospect, what adjustments he is making, where he stands in the organization, and more.
In this MLB news and notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols has been providing occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout MLB. Today, the IBI's Tony Lastoria pinch hits for him and provides details on a resolution between Nick Hagadone and the Indians, Freddie Freeman's new deal with the Braves, and more.
Like Jason Voorhies and Freddy Krueger, Around the Farm just keeps coming back from the dead this offseason. A week after it was thought to be packed away in moth balls for a few months, Elvis Araujo ended up getting picked up as a refuerzo by his Venezuela team and factored significantly into their win on Tuesday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action and provides an update on the Caribbean Series.
What does Shaun Marcum bring to the table compared to the veterans that the Indians have brought in the last couple seasons? Does he have higher upside? The IBI's Jake Dungan believes that if healthy, this right-hander can surprise a lot of people this spring and possibly be a front-runner for the final rotation spot. Find out why in this week's Swinging for the Fences.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Kenny Mathews. Mathews is a nice upside lefty for the Indians who throws a ton of strikes, really knows how to pitch and is a guy who even though he is young could be fast-tracked. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at Mathews' repertoire, his strengths and weaknesses as a pitcher, what he needs to focus on, where he should start the 2014 season, and more.
Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, the start of the 2014 MLB season is right around the corner. 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 Jeremy Hellickson injury, Scott Boras discussing a few of his top remaining clients, and more.
The Ubaldo Jimenez saga is one that many Indians fans have followed with great interest this offseason. The door appeared to be closed on his potential return to the Indians when he declined a qualifying offer back in October, but his market has crashed enough where the Indians may be back in play for him. Or are they? The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at whether Jimenez and the Indians could be a fit on a one year deal and looks at his contract issues of the past that led to the Rockies trading him and wonders if it is a red flag when considering signing him to a below market multi-year deal.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong. Armstrong took a step back last season thanks to an injury which forced him to miss most of the first half of the season and also some delivery adjustments which affected his performance, but he finished strong and looks ready for a bounce back 2014 campaign. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the struggles Armstrong had last year, what he needs to work on going forward, what makes him so intriguing, and more.
Since the MLB Draft began the Indians have had seven general managers, a span of 50 years. Meanwhile, a few blocks down the road the Browns have had six general managers in the last 15 years. Fresh off his Ultimate Indians Draft, the IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at the drafting history of the Cleveland GMs over the last 50 years and breaks it all down and ranks their performance.
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are playing each other in today's Super Bowl. While staying in that same frame of mind, today's power poll is going to stick to World Champions. Believe it or not, the Cleveland Indians have two World Championships, both in 1920 and 1948. Instead of worrying about the best team, which of these two championship teams is your favorite?
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda was an old signing at 21 years of age out of Latin America, but he has quickly established himself as one of the Indians better relief pitching prospects in the system. He has allowed just two home runs in his four year career and has an exceptional strikeout rate, and in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what kind of prospect he truly is, if his stuff can translate, what his future holds and so much more.
On Thursday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers held their first-annual Hot Stove Banquet. The event was held, in part, to give fans a chance to interact with future major-leaguers, as well as give former Scrappers a chance to return to the Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Robert Fuller was there and gives the details of the event and also provides an update on Jose Ramirez.
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!