The Indians made it official on Monday as they added free agent outfielder David Murphy to the roster. To make room on the roster they DFAed right-handed Tyler Cloyd. They also received word that infielder Cord Phelps was lost on waivers.
The Akron Aeros did not defend their Eastern League championship in 2013, but the Aeros served a greater purpose over the course of the season: Developing the next wave of Cleveland players who will soon play at Progressive Field. Jim Piascik sat down with Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez at the end of the year to discuss the development of some of the top players on the team. In part two of this two-part series, we break down the Aeros' pitchers in 2013.
The Indians have lost two of their better minor league free agents to free agency as right-handed pitcher Jose Flores has signed a minor league deal with the Athletics and right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino has signed a minor league deal with the Cubs.
News continues to break with each passing day of the offseason. 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 Dan Haren going back to the West Coast and Jhonny Peralta's new contract.
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. With the season over, ATF focuses in all of the Indians players participating in winter ball. One player who has really had a strong showing this fall-winter is Erik Gonzalez, and he put up another good outing on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night.
The Cleveland Indians have many questions heading into the 2014 season, but have begun to answer those questions with the signing of David Murphy for the outfield. With their major hole apparently filled, the Indians will likely move to the bullpen to help fill the holes created by Chris Perez leaving, and Vinnie Pestano struggling. Join Jim Pete with this week's power, wondering who the next closer will be.
The Indians made several additions to the 40-man roster earlier in the week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews the decisions. He also touches on the David Murphy signing, looks at the possibility that one of Drew Stubbs or Michael Bourn is dealt, offers up some quick thoughts on the departure of Joe Smith to the Angels, and more!
More and more news continues to break with each passing day of the MLB offseason. 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 Joe Smith moving on, the Yankees landing a power bat, and St. Louis finding their shortstop.
Carlos Moncrief continues to find some consistency this off-season by increasing his hit streak to three on Saturday. Meanwhile, Erik Gonzalez had a rare 0-for-3 performance as he snapped his own hit streak. Ryan Battaglia hit a double and reached base three times over in Australia making it eight of his last ten games where he's recorded a hit. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan for all the highlights as he takes a trip around the farm.
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 round two of the League Park Region. With four matchups involving eight players, four will move into the Region Semi-finals and four will go home. Some of the remaining names in this region include Tribe favorites such as Jim Thome, Travis Hafner, Andre Thornton, Napolean Lajoie and others.
The Ultimate Indians Draft continues on with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 40 to 31. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis is going through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determining the best picks round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
The offseason is in full swing with many moves happening everyday. 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 Cardinals acquiring defensive help in return for David Freese, and the Mets landing a new outfielder.
The Indians have had several good showings so far in winter ball, and on Friday that was no exception. Jose Ramirez is starting to heat up and Erik Gonzalez continues to rake in the Dominican, Carlos Moncrief and Brett Brach are starting to put things together in Puerto Rico, and Ryan Battaglia has had a nice showing in Australia so far.
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 round two of the Stadium Region. With four matchups involving eight players, four will move into the Region Semi-finals and four will go home. Some of the remaining names in this region include Tribe favorites such as Charles Nagy, Mel Harder, Joe Carter, Luis Tiant and others.
David Murphy’s signing was some of the biggest news so far during the baseball offseason. The question is was this a good move for the Indians and what does it mean for the Indians plans this offseason. The IBI's Jeff Ellis offers up his thoughts with all of the pros and cons to his signing, and weighs in on whether or not it was a good deal for the Indians.
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!