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October 15, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
October 15, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: October 14, 2014
It was a quiet night once again Around the Farm as no Indians played in the Venezuela Winter League, but several key prospects continue to get some important playing time in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action from Tuesday and notes how Francisco Lindor and Jordan Smith performed in the AFL...
October 15, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Friedman joins Dodgers, Colletti reassigned
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a foundation changing move on Tuesday that will potentially change the landscape of them for years to come. The Dodgers hired former Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman as the new President of Operations of the team. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the details on the big move along with all the other news and notes from the day.
October 14, 2014   (12 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Getting Swisher, Bourn back to form
When the Indians brought in Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn during the offseason two years ago, it changed the course of the franchise. Year one was a step in the right direction. Year two was a step back. Which brings us to the winter before year three, a pivotal one for the Indians. The IBI's Hayden Grove begins his series looking at what the Indians need to do to become a winner next season, and the first step is getting those big acquisitions from two years ago back to form.
October 14, 2014   (65 comments)
Hot Stove Rumors: Josh Donaldson
While the MLB postseason is not over, the Hot Stove season has already begun. The minute teams have ended their season or been eliminated from the playoffs we have had writers who are not close to teams making pronouncements that certain players are already on the market. One of those was a claim by ESPN's Buster Olney that the Athletics will put third baseman Josh Donaldson on the market this offseason. The IBI's Jeff Ellis believes he would be a great fit if he is available, but the cost to acquire him would be enormous.
October 14, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 13, 2014
The Indians only had two players active on Monday nightin fall/winter ball action, but that is going to change rather quickly as the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League get started over the next two weeks and more Indians players descend upon Venezuela. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the action from Around the Farm on Monday...
October 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: D'Backs hire Hale as new manager
It's an exciting time in Cleveland sports! Who are you most excited about: the Indians, Browns, or Cavs? 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 Diamondbacks hiring Chip Hale as their new manager, an opinion about Francisco Lindor in 2015, which pitchers are most likely to receive a qualifying offer, and more.
October 13, 2014   (19 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Offense may not be Indians biggest need
After a frustrating showing this season by the offense, the focus this offseason by a great many fans will be to upgrade the lineup to add more offense. But while the IBI's Tony Lastoria agrees that improving the lineup is important, he wonders just how important it really is when you compare the Indians to their peers offensively. He also looks at some looming payroll issues for the team, how close they may be to a World Series contender and more.
October 13, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out which minor leaguers caught their eyes and who came out on top.
October 13, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 12, 2014
While the Arizona Fall League was off on Sunday, several Indians players were active in other winter ball action. Giovanny Urshela and Carlos Moncrief continue to rake in the early going in Venezuela, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performance and more in another edition of ATF...
October 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Cardinals win a thriller, pull even in NLCS
The wild MLB postseason continued on Sunday as the Giants and Cardinals played an exciting Game 2 in the NLCS and it ended in walkoff fashion with the Cardinals winning and tying up the series at 1-1. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the action and also provides all the interesting news and notes from the day around Major League Baseball.
October 12, 2014   (4 comments)
To get Martinez, one of Bourn or Swisher would have to go
According to IBI newcomer Graydon Fox, the Cleveland Indians should make a bold move this offseason to help them win the American League Central Division. That bold move would be Victor Martinez, who is an MVP candidate for the Detroit Tigers and is set to hit the free agent market at the age of 36. How he fits on the roster financially and positionally would be tricky, but Graydon thinks trading one of Michael Bourn or Nick Swisher could be the key.
October 12, 2014   (2 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Akron 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 Akron RubberDucks. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down the solid seasons of Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, and Joey Wendle, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 12, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Best New Addition
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the seventh installment of the IBI Awards, the Best New Addition. Cleveland was hurt in 2014 by drop-offs from quite a few established players but one thing that kept the team in the race throughout the season were the new additions to the team. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out who IBI rated as the best of this bunch of new faces.
October 12, 2014   (6 comments)
Around The Farm: October 11, 2014
Though his 2014 season may have disappointed a bit, Carlos Moncrief is doing his best to erase that down in the Venezuelan Winter League. It may only be three games, but so far, Moncrief is simply on fire. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps Moncrief's big night, Giovanny Urshela continuing to hit, and all the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 11, 2014   (27 comments)
With a young core in place, Indians need to look for power
They teased. They winked. And they beckoned. But when the final chapter closed on the 162-game journey, the Indians fell just short of the postseason and a spot to play in October. So what's next? IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz says the front office should not sit on their hands this offseason like last winter, and instead go out and continue to add to the young and rising Indians.
October 11, 2014   (2 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Surprising Player
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the sixth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Surprising Player. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see which surprises (both positive and negative) impressed them in 2014.
October 11, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 10, 2014
The Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League were both in action on Friday night and the Indians had several players who participated and had good games. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night that was in winter ball and notes the quick starts from Giovanny Urshela, Jordan Smith, Carlos Moncrief and others.
October 11, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Yankees extend Cashman through 2017 season
It's finally the weekend! 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 Yankees extending Brian Cashman, one Indians coach is named a finalist for a managerial job, where Nelson Cruz was close to landing last offseason, and more.
October 10, 2014   (9 comments)
Minor Happenings: Roberts is evolving into a big league arm
This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides lots of insight and information on players such as Bryson Myles, Joe Colon, Yonathan Mendoza, Anthony Vizcaya and others.

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