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December 21, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 20, 2014
Indians outfield prospect Anthony Gallas is red hot out in Venezuela. After a very cold start his bat has heated up and he is raking over the past week. The IBI's Arthur Kinney notes his impressive showing, the winter ball debut of a noted Indians prospect, and much more.
December 21, 2014   (16 comments)
Storylines: Giants a possible match for Murphy?
Since the acquisition of Brandon Moss almost two weeks ago there has been a lot of speculation as to what player the Indians will move off the roster to make room for him and what team that player may go to. With the Giants announcing they have a need for a left fielder and looking to acquire one at a low cost via trade, perhaps there is a match with the Indians for Murphy. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the news on that and more...
December 20, 2014   (7 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Scott Downs to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp.
December 20, 2014   (13 comments)
What could have been: The Robbie Alomar trade
The 13-year anniversary of the Roberto Alomar trade passed earlier this month. In what seems like a lifetime ago, it is amazing that it has now been 13 years since that trade was consummated on December 11, 2001. It is a trade that signaled a dramatic change in the direction of the franchise and was the opening salvo for what has since become a 13-year war between the fans and ownership on the true intentions of that new direction. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reminisces...
December 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 19, 2014
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at the performances by Indians prospects throughout the system each day. In this special winter ball version of ATF the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in Caribbean Leagues on Friday night noting the big night from Anthony Gallas and more...
December 20, 2014   (22 comments)
Storylines: Padres loading up on bats
Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? 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 Padres stockpiling bats, the Giants finding a third baseman, the Yankees making a trade, and more.
December 19, 2014   (13 comments)
Indians look to protect a young rotation still establishing itself
The Indians made a surprising decision with the starting rotation this week signing Gavin Floyd to a one-year deal, guaranteeing him a rotation spot, and pushing one Danny Salazar or T.J. House out of the rotation. The IBI's Tony Lastoria tries to make sense of it all and explains the rationale behind adding a veteran starter like Floyd to mix in with a rotation that has so much promise.
December 19, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 18, 2014
One of the hallmarks of Cleveland’s minor league system is it’s up-the-middle depth, a characteristic that was on full display Thursday. Whether it was Roberto Perez showing some pop, Ronny Rodriguez serving as a sparkplug off of the bench, or someone else, Cleveland’s up-the-middle depth looked good. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it down and takes you across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 19, 2014   (21 comments)
Storylines: Athletics unload another All-Star
Happy Friday! 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 Athletics trading away another All-Star player, the Royals ink another starter, the Red Sox looking to trade Allen Craig, and more.
December 18, 2014   (33 comments)
Ranking the starting rotations in the AL Central
The AL Central has been one of the most predictable, uncompetitive divisions in the majors for years. There always seems to be a tight race at the top, as well as a legitimate contender who stands alone. Next season appears to be different. The AL Central as a whole has greatly improved in recent weeks, and with the conclusion of the Winter Meetings the gap between teams in the division appears to have shrunk. So with the offseason in full swing, how does each team stack up piece-by-piece? The IBI's Anthony Kaylor ranks the rotations...
December 18, 2014   (5 comments)
Fun stats, trends show 2014 was better than some think
This past season the Indians had back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 13 years, Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young award and Michael Brantley finished third in the MVP voting. While it was a better season than most will admit, IBI newcomer Len Kehoe digs deep to find all sorts of interesting stats and nuggets to show how good of a season 2014 was for the Indians...
December 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 17, 2014
Wednesday saw another Cleveland minor leaguer make his first appearance in nearly two months, with Charlie Valerio returning to game action. On the opposite end of the spectrum, one of the stars of the offseason for Cleveland -- Giovanni Soto -- took his usual turn in the rotation, his first appearance since going unselected in the Rule 5 draft last week Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Valerio’s return, Soto’s start, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 18, 2014   (23 comments)
Storylines: Massive three-team deal sends Myers to Padres
After it was rumored all day the Padres, Nationals and Marlins put the finishing touches on a massive three team deal that had 11 players changing zip codes. The big name was outfielder Wil Myers going to the Padres, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details from that trade and all the other news from the day...
December 17, 2014   (17 comments)
Addition of Floyd gives Indians a lot of options for rotation
The Indians struck again on Tuesday making 31-year old pitcher Gavin Floyd their second significant offseason acquisition. While the addition of Floyd means that the Indians likely will have to send a good starter to Triple-A Columbus to start the season, the IBI's Graydon Fox believes it is a good thing and that the Indians starting pitching depth should provide them options.
December 17, 2014   (19 comments)
The race for the Indians fifth starter job has begun
With the signing of Gavin Floyd on Tuesday, Indians GM Chris Antonetti confirmed to the media that four of the five spots in the starting rotation are locked up with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Floyd (in no specific order). That leaves one final spot left in the rotation. IBI newcomer Josh Poloha talks about the four candidates for the final spot and picks the one he thinks is the best fit right now.
December 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Around The Farm:  December 16, 2014
Several new Indians faces popped up in winter ball action on Tuesday night. With several of the leagues set to end this weekend with the holidays fast approaching, some younger lesser used players on the "B" teams are getting an opportunity. One of those players is promising Anderson Polanco. The IBI's Arthur Kinney provides the details on his outing and the rest of the Indians in action on Tuesday...
December 17, 2014   (13 comments)
Storylines: Padres, Rays on verge of Myers deal?
The Major League Baseball offseason continues to surprise as yet another big deal appears to be happening with Wil Myers changing location from the east coast to the west coast. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on that potential deal plus all the other news and notes from Tuesday...
December 16, 2014   (55 comments)
Indians sign Gavin Floyd to one year deal
The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year $4 million deal for the 2015 season. The deal also includes an additional $6 million in performance bonuses tied to the number or starts he makes and innings he pitches next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details...
December 16, 2014   (13 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians have come a long way in two years
The popular approach in Cleveland these days is to ridicule the Indians for their lack of activity this offseason, but if you step back and look where this team is now compared to two years ago at this time it is amazing the turnaround they have enjoyed. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the key players in their turnaround, manages expectations with Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis, talks about a sleeper minor league signing and more.
December 16, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 15, 2014
It was a light night Around the Farm for the Indians as the Dominican Winter League was off and the Puerto Rico Winter League was rained out, but there was still action in Mexico and Venezuela. The IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in and provides updates on several players including a deceivingly good showing from Anthony Gallas.

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