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December 10, 2014   (14 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Indians showing interest in Rios
Things were much busier in San Diego on Wednesday at the winter meetings (and the day is still not over) as Jon Lester’s deal with the Cubs got things kick started again with signings, trades and rumors. The Indians have not made any moves since the Brandon Moss pickup on Monday, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that their name popped up in a few interesting rumors, two of which for outfielder Alex Rios and lefty starter Brett Anderson.
December 10, 2014   (16 comments)
The Rule 5 Draft: An 11 year look back
The Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday afternoon in San Diego at the tail end of the Winter Meetings. What kind of players are typically drafted and what levels do they come from? What positions are the primary focus of the draft and what positions rarely get selected? The IBI's Jeff Ellis chimes in with his yearly Rule 5 Draft review where he analyzes all that and more...
December 10, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 9, 2014
The winter ball season continued on Tuesday as several Indians players were in action out in the various Caribbean leagues. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night from Indians players such as Anthony Gallas, Roberto Perez, Audy Ciriaco and others.
December 10, 2014   (24 comments)
Storylines: Lester deciding between Cubs and Red Sox
There were a few free agents signings and a few notable trades on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. The IBI''s Tony Lastoria recaps all the news and notes from a relatively quiet day around winter ball. He provides updates on several notable free agent signs, a few trades and all of the other news of the day.
December 9, 2014   (11 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: All quiet on the western front
The news was much quieter on the free agent and trade front on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings as it seems like a lot of the industry is in a holding pattern waiting for Jon Lester to make a decision. Once he signs, the flood gates could open as so many held up free agent deals and trades could be unleashed. The Indians were not involved in any news or rumors on Tuesday, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes some rumors from other teams that the Indians could end up getting more involved in among other things.
December 9, 2014   (84 comments)
So what does Cleveland have in Jose Ramirez?
As the hot stove season heats up, it seems the Cleveland player eliciting the most decisive opinions is Jose Ramirez. Which raises the question: just what does Cleveland have in Jose Ramirez? Join Jim Piascik as he looks at what Ramirez has done as a major leaguer already, what he could be in the future, and whether or not trading him away this offseason makes sense for the organization.
December 9, 2014   (19 comments)
Numbers show Moss to be a good fit with the Indians
When the deal for Brandon Moss first started to break almost a week ago the IBI's Jeff Ellis half joked that most of the fans would hate the deal for a myriad of reasons: he is hurt, he has a low average and he isn’t a right-handed bat. Even when it is clearly an excellent addition at a low price, some people don't like it. In his latest, he does his best to convince some of the naysayers that he is a good fit with little given up to acquire him.
December 9, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 8, 2014
There were only two games played throughout winter ball on Monday. Perhaps everyone scheduled an off day in order to keep up with all of the Hot Stove action going on at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. In any case, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in on an old friend Roman Pena and also provides an update on how Anthony Gallas and Jesus Aguilar did on Monday.
December 9, 2014   (19 comments)
Storylines: Samardzija on the verge of being traded
The Winter Meetings are underway and the Hot Stove is heating up! 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 a trade that would bring Jeff Samardzija to the A.L. Central, the sweepstakes for Jon Lester is heading towards a close, the Cubs discussing a trade for Miguel Montero, and more.
December 8, 2014   (29 comments)
Winter Meetings Recap: Indians add some power in Moss trade
Day one of the 2014 Winter Meetings in San Diego is almost in the books, but the big news of the day has come out of Oakland and Cleveland as they finally put the finishing touches on the Brandon Moss deal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at Moss looking at his power, defense, injury, roster fit and much more, plus he gives other thoughts on who might go now that Moss has been added. He also provides all the Indians related rumors from the day...
December 8, 2014   (15 comments)
The Indians and Athletics completed a deal on Monday with the Athletics sending first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss to the Indians for Indians second base prospect Joey Wendle.
December 8, 2014   (35 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians in good spot as meetings begin
As the Winter Meetings get cranked up today, the Indians sit in a good spot as an organization. Like every team they have holes on the roster they would like to fill and they will explore with tinkering with their roster, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria notes that they have a lot of roster flexibility and control that puts them in a good spot this offseason. He also breaks down the incredible amount of depth they have created, runs down the list of notable Winter Meetings moments in the past for the Indians and more.
December 8, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 7, 2014
For those who have noticed, Jose Ramirez has not played since November 29th. Some have wondered if he is hurt or if he has been held out of action the past week because he might be in trade talks with Oakland. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides an update on his whereabouts, notes the return of a big Indians prospect and more...
December 8, 2014   (16 comments)
Storylines: Kemp could be dealt at Winter Meetings
The annual Baseball Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday. Well, everyone simply arrived in San Diego on Sunday and all of the true wheeling and dealing is expected to begin on Monday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the news and notes from the day as well as some momentum potentially being gained in a Kemp deal to an American League team.
December 7, 2014   (6 comments)
The WAR Room: Performance-based rankings, #100 - #91
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 and the seasons in review finished, The WAR Room moves to ranking the top-100 prospects in 2014 based on performance. But instead of just listing based on pure performance, there is a twist to make the rankings more relevant. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part one, including a player recently lost to the Phillies in Elvis Araujo, a speedy outfielder in Silento Sayles, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
December 7, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 Rule 5 Draft preview
The 2014 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 11th at 10:00 a.m. ET and unofficially closes the Winter Meetings. It does not get big headlines, but there are some players taken in the hopes of filling out a Major League roster and sometimes some good players are unearthed which become regulars or even All Stars. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at every one of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 50 players!
December 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: December 6, 2014
The winter ball season kept chugging along Saturday night, with four Cleveland players in action, highlighted by Roberto Perez taking part in the Puerto Rican League All-Star game. Join Arthur Kinney as he breaks down Perez's performance in that game, checks in on Anthony Gallas' start to his time in Venezuela, and much more from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 6, 2014   (2 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Hitting coach Phil Clark 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 short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Phil Clark. In part one they talked about players like Bradley Zimmer, Greg Allen and others, and in the second half of this interview they talked about the inconsistent but encouraging showing from Steven Patterson, the adjustments Francisco Mejia is implementing at the plate, getting more consistency out of Taylor Murphy’s at bats, the incremental strides D’Vone McClure is making and the adjustments Drake Roberts is making to his swing.
December 6, 2014   (2 comments)
Hentges has all the tools, he just needs the experience
Youth always brings excitement, especially when that youth happens to be a 6-feet-6 245-pound lefty who just turned 18-years old in July. On size and youth alone, that’s a pretty interesting physical specimen. That’s what the Indians have in Sam Hentges who was their fourth round pick in this year’s draft, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on his first pro season.
December 6, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 5, 2014
It was an extremely light night around winter ball on Friday as no Indians participated in games in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico, and just one player was in action in Venezuela. Even though there was but one person we hold to our committment here at IBI to post daily Around the Farm updates! As a bonus we have included all winter ball stats to date!

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