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.
Another slow winter day, but the news and rumors promise to pick up with this week's annual Winter Meetings. 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 problems in Seattle, and more rumors throughout the league.
G'day mate! A complete rainout of the Venezuelan Winter League combined with off days in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico combined to put the focus of the Tribe's winter ball efforts squarely on the Australian Baseball League on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes you around the island continent to recap the day's Tribe-related action...
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 Dunn Field Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Willie Mitchell up against Tris Speaker in one matchup and Cliff Lee against Bob Feller in the other.
Join Jim Pete and Michael Hattery in their last two Cleveland Sports Insiders podcasts, as they discuss the Indians "inactivity" over the past two months, what they'd take in a Michael Brantley trade, and other Indians talking points as they head towards the Winter Meetings. In the second podcast, Mike and Jim talk the resurgence of Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters.
The Cleveland Indians haven't joined the insane signing frenzy that has swept across Major League Baseball's landscape over the past several weeks, but don't let the quiet facade fool you. The Indians are making moves that fit their team, their budget and their chemistry, and they aren't quite done yet. Join Jim Pete as he decorates the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario with the moves the Indians have made so far, and how far they will go before the Indians begin their quest for a World Series in 2014.
Saturday was a slow day after a very hectic week. The news promises to pick up Sunday with the start of the Winter Meetings. 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 rumors swirling heading into the Winter Meetings.
Sorry Ohio fans, your college football team let you down on Saturday night losing to Michigan State 34-24. But whether you are for or against the Buckeyes, we have the recap from all of the "other" important action in the sports world......from winter league baseball! The Indians have some new players starting to get into games in various winter leagues, one being Tyler Sturdevant, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about him and more in Around the Farm...
The Akron Aeros became the Akron RubberDucks this offseason as owner Ken Babby changed the course of the franchise heading into his second year at the helm, and despite some negative feedback on social media, Babby remains positive. Jim Piascik recently spoke with the RubberDucks owner, touching on Babby's plans to rejuvenate the franchise's brand, the community reaction, what is on the horizon for the team, and much more.
At this rate, the Winter Meetings may be nothing more than a vacation for all of the GMs. 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 another crazy day, headlined by Cano heading for Seattle, Napoli re-upping with Boston, Beltran going to the Yankees, and much more.
The peaks and valleys that have recently become the norm for Jesus Aguilar this offseason continued on Friday as he found himself in the depths once again with a hitless performance. Elsewhere, Carlos Moncrief came back strong with a two-hit/two-RBI performance after sitting for nearly a week. And Joseph Colon put up another quality pitching performance despite only receiving a no-decision. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes a look at all the day's highlights from around the farm.
With the Winter Meetings just hours away we felt like today would be a good time to debut our first IBI Chat. We have done these for a few games in the past, but going forward we plan to have weekly or bi-weekly chat sessions at a designated time to discuss things about the Indians. This is the transcript from today's chat...
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 League Park Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Travis Hafner up against Jim Thome in one giant matchup and Steve Hargan against Nap Lajoie in the other.
With the Winter Meetings fast approaching, we are hearing more rumors about some of the big name free agents. 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 Cano-Seattle talks, a new posting system, and much more.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar was at it again on Thursday night as he ripped his 13th homer of the offseason in the eighth inning helping jumpstart a Caracas comeback and send the game into extra innings, and then a 10th inning double put in him position to score the game winning run. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps Aguilar's showing and all the rest of the Indians action from Thursday in Around the Farm...
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!