The Indians have made two big trades and signed free agents Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds, all of which make for big changes not only on the field, but with their payroll for 2013. Tony takes a quick look at where the Indians' payroll is at after all the moves and what wiggle room - if any - the Indians have going forward.
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with the latest edition of Then & Now. Steve looks at promising left-hander Giovanni Soto, who is coming off a strong 2012 season with the Akron Aeros. Steve looks back at Soto's career and also touches on how Soto may be able to impact the Major League team moving forward.
It may be Christmas, but we continue with our fifth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Bo Greenwell, Harold Guerrero, Preston Guilmet, Eric Haase, Trey Haley, Todd Hankins, Louis Head, Jordan Henry, Tyler Holt, and Rafael Homblert.
As we all get set to enjoy the company of family and friends on this Christmas holiday, we wanted to take a little time to give thanks and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In this collaboration piece, several IBI staff members explain why they love baseball and the Indians.
Today we continue on with the fourth batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Xavier De Los Santos, Luis DeJesus, Carlos Diaz, Juan Diaz, Paolo Espino, Evan Frazar, Anthony Gallas, Robel Garcia, Erik Gonzalez, and Michael Goodnight.
Wow, what a crazy month it has been for the Indians. It feels like the winter meetings were two months ago when in fact they were just getting underway three weeks ago. Anyway, as we all get set to open our presents under the Christmas tree and spend time with family, the Indians unwrapped their big gift early signing free agent outfielder Nick Swisher yesterday to a big deal. Tony provides tons of thoughts and insight on the signing, and also looks at whether their offseason shopping is done and where they may go from here.
The Cleveland Indians haven't made a lot of statements with regards to their approach during the 2012-2013 hot stove league, but they really haven't had to. Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona, and the rest of the Tribe brass have spearheaded a consistent effort to improve the foundation of the team. Jim Pete takes a look at that approach in the rearviewmirror, while also looking forward at the potential line-up that is emerging for Terry Francona in 2013.
Most of the regular Indians had the night off, except for Andrew Campbell of the Australian League's Brisbane Bandits. Still, there were several former tribe-hands in action on Sunday Night. Join Jim Pete as he takes a look at the ghosts of Christmas past...or...well...the Indians past.
The Indians camp is buzzing at the signing of Nick Swisher. As the news settles on the newest member of the Tribe, IPI's Jeff Ellis takes a closer look at the potential improvement. Is Swisher truly better than the player he replaced in Shin-Soo Choo? Join one of our best analysts as he takes a closer look at the advanced numbers, and whether or not the Indians truly did improve.
Cleveland got itself an early Christmas present, as Nick Swisher agreed to sign with the team Sunday morning. As exciting as it is to see the biggest free agent contract in team history signed, such a deal does not come without risk. At 32, Swisher is more likely to get worse than better, meaning that contract could get ugly at the end. Jim Piascik analyzes the downside to the signing and what pressures that puts on 2013.
With Christmas two days away, talk about putting a little something big in the stockings of Indians fans. The Cleveland Indians and free agent outfielder Nick Swisher have reportedly agreed to terms on a four year $56 million option. The contract also includes a vesting club option for 2017 for $14 million, which could bring the total contract to five years $70 million. Details after the jump...
We will be posting lots of videos to the site over the next several days, and today we continue on with the third batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Leonardo Castillo, Chun Chen, Shao-Ching Chiang, Dwight Childs, Delvi Cid, Joseph Colon, Clayton Cook, Cole Cook, Jordan Cooper and Geoff Davenport.
In today's notebook Tony gets us up to speed on where things are with Nick Swisher. It has been a LONG process but the Indians continue to hang in and they still look like the most likely destination for him. Tony also provides some thoughts and insight on how the Mark Reynolds signing can help, what recent signing Scott Kazmir's real value is, whether the Indians lost anything of value in Russ Canzler, and lots more.
There was plenty to smile about with regards to the Indians' prospects in the Winter Leagues on Saturday Night. Giovanni Soto continued his scoreless streak with another superb outing in relief. Paulo Espino returned to form after giving up seven in a brief and painful outing during his last start. Join Jim Pete with the Saturday edition of ATF, where the pitchers took center stage.
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!