Asdrubal Cabrera was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, yet when Cleveland finally made the playoffs in 2013, the shortstop had arguably the worst season of his career. With mega-prospect Francisco Lindor honing in on a major league spot and Cabrera only one year from free agency, many fans are ready to move on from the incumbent shortstop following his down season. Jim Piascik breaks down why Cabrera struggled offensively in 2013 and whether the shortstop can bounce back in 2014.
Although there were no major signings on Friday, an intriguing story is developing in Baltimore. 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 Baltimore's ongoing issues with Grant Balfour, Kevin Youkilis heading overseas, and more.
Carlos Santana's new venture at third base is off to a rough start as he has now committed five errors in seven games thus far. Whether he shows any improvement or the Indians intend to pursue this experiment any further remains to be seen, but his chances of manning the hot corner in Cleveland are growing dimmer. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney for Friday's winter ball recap.
It's December 20, and there still has been hardly a whisper heard about Ubaldo Jimenez? The starting pitching market has been slow to develop, and there are no signs as to where Jimenez may ultimately land. The big right-hander played a key role in the Indians' 2013 postseason berth, and it seems probable that he could still re-sign with Cleveland. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on why the Indians need to re-sign Jimenez in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season. Chris Tremie remains as manager in Columbus while Dave Wallace moves up to Akron and Scooter Tucker moves to Carolina. Edwin Rodriguez has moved into a special assistant role and the Indians also welcomed in several new coaches.
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in the semi-final round of the Progressive Field Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Ray Chapman against Sudden Sam McDowell and Bobby Avila versus Shoeless Joe Jackson in the two matchups.
Teams continue to look for opportunities to add to their ballclub in advance of the Christmas holiday. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a snag in the Grant Balfour deal, Scott Downs signing with the White Sox, and more.
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. In today's review of the Indians action in winter ball out in the Latin American countries, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes note of a very impressive outing by Joseph Colon. He also recaps how others like Carlos Santana, Jesus Aguilar, Toru Murata and other did.
Since the last time the IBI's Michael Hattery opined in exacerbating detail the Indians have made three moves which will undoubtedly be impactful on the 2014 season. The three pertinent moves include the signing of John Axford, Shaun Marcum’s entrance into the fold, and the trade of Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman. As he always does, Michael takes a deep look into the Shaun Marcum signing and what kind of impact he made have and also gives his take on the Drew Stubbs for Josh Outman deal.
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with Double-A Akron manager Edwin Rodriguez. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Rodriguez and they talked about some of the impressive players that he had all year and what kind of growth was shown over the course of the season. They talked about Austin Adams’ return to the mound, how close Jesus Aguilar is to being a big league option, how well rounded Jose Ramirez is, how Carlos Moncrief put it all together, the rebound by Jake Lowery, and so much more.
Wednesday saw plenty of teams check items off of their holiday shopping list. 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 Drew Stubbs trade, Joaquin Benoit agreeing with San Diego, and much more.
It was a slow night in winter ball as only two Indians players were in action on Wednesday night. However, the two of them provided enough action to be excited about. First of all, Jesus Aguilar extended his current hit streak to eight games with a pair of knocks in Venezuela. Next, Carlos Santana racked up three hits, including a homer and played another night at third base without incident. Join the IBI's Michael Goodman for all the details.
Join Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete, right here at Indiansbaseballinsider.com for a quick video/podcast outlining the Indians fairly busy week since the Winter Meetings ending. They'll talk John Axford, Shawn Marcum and the Drew Stubbs deal today, then talk about the potential moves that could be made over the next several weeks.
The Cleveland Indians added David Murphy to their offense, and they subtracted Drew Stubbs, but past those moves, the Indians' offensive line-up of 2014 will look a lot like the offense of 2013. Is there an opportunity for this offense to improve, or did it plateau last year thanks to the potential decline years of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher? Join Jim Pete as he throws out an optimistic look at the Indians offense next season.
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!