The Orioles brass said that giving up their first round pick to sign Ubaldo Jimenez makes it easier for them to deal with parting with another pick to sign another of the "qualified" group, and they seem to be sticking to that statement. 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 Orioles looking to make another splash, the dimming star of Jesus Montero, and more.
Ubaldo Jimenez's tenure as a Cleveland Indian came to an end Monday after the right-hander signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Jimenez had plenty of ups and downs during his two-plus years with the Indians, but no one can dispute that they've been memorable years, for both good and bad reasons. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he explains why Jimenez will always have a special place in his heart in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. Plutko had an amazing college career at UCLA and capped it all off winning the College World Series last year, but while he signed with the Indians he missed his pro debut and has yet to pitch for them. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Plutko did not pitch for the Indians at all last year, what his true upside is, his strengths and weaknesses, and so much more.
For those who know or follow college baseball and the draft, a story broke on Wednesday night that two players the Phillies drafted last year Ben Wetzler and Jason Monda had been reported for negotiating with an agent after they had been drafted by the Phillies. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on how low the Phillies stooped and how it might affect the draft negotiation process in the future.
The Braves continue to follow the blueprint set by Jon Hart and Indians of the 90's. 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 Atlanta continuing to lock up their young core, the Red Sox adding to their pitching depth, and more.
Ubaldo Jimenez has finally left the Indians building. In April of 2013, Jim literally begged the Indians' front office to release the struggling righthander, but he stuck around and carried the Tribe to the playoffs. While Ubaldo is gone, what are the ramifications of his leaving with regards to Justin Masterson and the rotation? Join Jim Pete as he talks Jimenez, Masterson and the Indians approach.
The hot favourites to win the 2014 MLB World Series are the Los Angeles Dodgers which are priced currently at 7/1. The Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988 and before that in 1981, 1965 and 1963, and the team was runners up in 1974, 1977 and 1978.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder LeVon Washington. Washington is one of the biggest impact bats in the Indians system because of his speed and hitting ability, but a laundry list of injuries in his career and some defensive concerns have limited him to date. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks into his injury problems and how exactly they have affected his standing in the organization, his upside at the plate, the areas of his game which need the most improvement, and so much more.
Apparently the Phillies do not take kindly to drafted players turning down their contract offers. 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 Homer Bailey's new contract, Philadelphia destroying trust with agents and amateur players, and more.
Since the turn of the century, an outsized part of the Indians’ success has been the trade of role players for franchise centerpieces – and the trade of Esmil Rogers to the Blue Jays in exchange for Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles has continued trend. In his latest, the IBI's John Grimm takes a deep look into two players Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall who are more similar at the plate than they appear.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown. Brown is a high profile draft pick out of the 2012 Draft who had some struggles last season, though a lot due to injury. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses what went wrong for Brown last season, what his upside is, what he is working on in his development plan, if he is primed for a rebound and much more.
One week from Wednesday, the Indians will finally play their first game of 2014, against the Reds in Goodyear, Arizona. 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 Cleveland reaching an agreement with Justin Masterson on a 2014 salary, the market for Stephen Drew, and more.
As players descend upon Goodyear, Arizona, many still wonder who and what the Cleveland Indians are heading into 2014 despite winning 92 games the year before. New Tribe outfielder David Murphy stated earlier this week that this Indians team reminds him of the 2009 Rangers team, which by the way was the year before they won back-to-back pennants. Could the Tribe follow in their steps? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Bryson Myles. Myles is a physical presence and brings a very intriguing power-speed combination to his game that makes him a tantalizing prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his strengths as a player, the areas of focus in his development plan, why his season turned around last year, and so much more.
The 2014 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!