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November 27, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: November 26, 2014
Given how short the season is in the offseason leagues -- and the absence of other baseball for us to pay attention to -- it is easy to overreact to small sample sizes. Such is the case with Jose Ramirez, who is having a rough go in the Dominican this offseason. Join Jim Piascik as he looks into whether this appears to be a fluke or a trend, writes about Jesus Aguilar's return to action, and checks in on the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 27, 2014   (34 comments)
Storylines: Tomas signs with Diamondbacks
Happy Thanksgiving! While everyone gets set to gobble down some turkey it is time to recap all the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday. The Indians are looking for some bats, the Yasmany Tomas show has arrived in Arizona, several shortstops are being coveted in the trade market, and much more. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps it all...
November 26, 2014   (10 comments)
Robinson brings tons of confidence, potential to Indians
Jared Robinson is about as confident a pitcher as you will find in the Indians minor league system. Selected in the 11th round out of this year’s draft out of Cerritos Junior College in California, the just turned 20-year old right-handed pitcher combines supreme confidence and some good stuff to get results on the mound. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down to talk to him about his pro debut and future as an Indian.
November 26, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: November 25, 2014
Between the end of the AFL season and injuries, the Indians players participating in offseason winter ball action has dropped considerably over the past week. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action Around the Farm on Tuesday night and notes the performances from Carlos Moncrief, Jose Ramirez and others.
November 26, 2014   (16 comments)
Storylines: Indians one of several teams interested in Headley
The Indians are considering a lot of options this offseason with changing the roster to improve it for next season. One thing they are considering is going outside the organization for help at third base both offensively and defensively, and apparently they have a good amount of interest in free agent Chase Headley. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the Headley news and runs down all the news and rumors from around baseball on Tuesday.
November 25, 2014   (28 comments)
Cespedes would be a near perfect fit for the Indians
A lot of attention is on the Red Sox at the moment after their blockbuster free agent signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on Monday. The Red Sox are still looking to add more pieces through free agency, but suddenly the focus around baseball is who they may trade in the wake of their spending spree. With a surplus of outfielders there is talk they may trade Yoenis Cespedes, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes he would be a perfect fit for the Indians.
November 25, 2014   (14 comments)
Under the radar free agent options for the Indians
The hot stove league is already warm and is only going to get hotter. While Indians fans would like to see the front office add a big bat like Nelson Cruz or a front line starting pitcher like Jon Lester or James Shields, the chances of that happening are very remote. With that in mind the IBI's Sam Camp takes a look at some free agent pitchers and position players who may fit what the Indians are looking for this offseason.
November 25, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: November 24, 2014
Monday is typically a slow night around winter ball since each league just has a smattering of games. Even with the light schedule, the Indians had a few players in action and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm to talk about catcher Roberto Perez's big night and more.
November 25, 2014   (17 comments)
Storylines: Red Sox bolster offense, sign Sandoval and Ramirez
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? 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 Red Sox bolstering their offense with two big signings, the Mariners signing their star third baseman to an extension, where Cole Hamels could land, and more.
November 24, 2014   (17 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Potential roster crunch in rotation looms
At the moment the Indians opening day five-man rotation is set to be Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and T.J. House. Barring an injury this spring or a very surprising trade of one of them this offseason, the rotation is about as set as it can be at this point in the offseason. But what if a few of them struggle early next season? The IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses what could be a very interesting roster crunch if that happens. He also talks about the Drew Stubbs and David Murphy swap in right field last offseason, explains starting pitching depth and much more.
November 24, 2014   (12 comments)
Back to the Future: Looking at the past to renovate the future
As sports salaries spiral out of control, and professional teams rack up the profits, the IBI's John Mast sees only one segment of the game taking the hit for the apparent success of a game that once was so accessible and meaningful. The fans. In his latest, John shares some thoughts on improving the relationship with the fans and bringing a generation back to the game.
November 24, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: November 23, 2014
Several Indians were in action on Sunday and the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the updates on how all of them did in our daily look Around the Farm. Tony also provides some updates on some injured players participating in winter ball, some role changes and much more.
November 23, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 AZL hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Arizona League team. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik comparing the team's two MVP candidates in Bobby Bradley and Yu-Cheng Chang, taking a look at Li-Jen Chu breaking out on the field, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
November 23, 2014   (11 comments)
Indians acquire Brewer from Diamondbacks
According to a report in the Arizona Republic, the Indians and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade where the Diamondbacks are sending right-handed pitcher Charles Brewer to the Indians for cash. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some quick thoughts on the trade, the reasoning behind it and who may be at risk of being removed from the roster.
November 23, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: November 22, 2014
Mother Nature was not kind on Saturday as she rained down on a lot of the Western Hemisphere and washed out several games in the Caribbean Leagues and affected others. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm and recaps what action did take place with some updates on a few Indians players.
November 22, 2014   (3 comments)
The Winter Ball Experience
The winter leagues in the Latin American countries provide an opportunity for players to play in more games and for Latin American players to play baseball in their home country. It gives some upper level minor league players a stage to showcase their talents and other players a chance to make up lost innings or at bats. In a piece that originally posted this time three years ago, the IBI's Tony Lastoria re-posts this piece with a few updates on the Winter Ball Experience for American players.
November 22, 2014   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Hitting coach Tony Mansolino Part 2
This is a continuation of this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” where the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina hitting coach Tony Mansolino. In part one they talked about players like Yandy Diaz, Todd Hankins, Erik Gonzalez, Anthony Galls, Joe Sever and LeVon Washington. In today’s second part they talked about the strides that Jeremy Lucas has made at the plate, the emergence of Yhoxian Medina, Logan Vick’s inconsistent season, the adjustment Torsten Boss worked on all season, and much more.
November 22, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: November 21, 2014
Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor just can't stop playing. He has been in action since March playing in spring games, then regular season games at Akron and Columbus and then recently this offseason in the Arizona Fall League. Just when you thought he was done he turns up in Puerto Rico playing in a tournament there. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Lindor's night and his showing in Puerto Rico as well as the performances from other players.
November 21, 2014   (11 comments)
To shift or not to shift, that is the question
The "shift" has become a big part of baseball over the past few seasons. As teams study data that suggests tendencies of hitters to hit the ball to a certain area of the field, teams have adjusted their defensive alignment in non-traditional ways to help defend against hitters. The IBI's John Mast is not a fan of the shirt and explains why in his latest.
November 21, 2014   (6 comments)
Prospect Spotlight: A deeper look into the 40-man additions
The Indians made their annual offseason 40-man roster adds on Thursday adding five players from their player development system in advance of the midnight roster deadline. Here are the thoughts from the IBI's Tony Lastoria on the decisions the Indians made to add those five players, a look at why each was added, who they left off that they may be most at risk of losing in the Rule 5 Draft, and much more.

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