November 10, 2013 (15 comments)
The Indians bullpen is at a crossroads this offseason. No longer can they rely on Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith at the backend of the bullpen like they have the last three years since Perez is gone, Smith is likely gone and Pestano has health concerns. The Indians will likely rely more heavily on Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen, but they are expected to be creative in finding more help for the backend of the bullpen. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at some potential trade targets to fill that need.
November 10, 2013 (54 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to decline the qualifying offer that the Indians extended to him this week, and thus will have declined a contract with the Indians for 2014 not once, but twice. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why it is time to move on from Jimenez and how his market may be shaping up. He also talks about why Scott Kazmir was not extended a qualifying offer, runs through some early rumors, explains why Jesus Aguilar has played third base of late, and more.
November 10, 2013 (5 comments)
It was a day of highs and lows on Saturday. Right-hander Paolo Espino put forth his best outing of the offseason in Venezuela while right-hander Will Roberts put forth his worst outing of the offseason in Arizona. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera struggled at the plate while center fielder Tyler Naquin flourished once again. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances and all the rest of the action from Around the Farm....
November 9, 2013 (0 comments)
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
November 9, 2013 (6 comments)
2013 was a year of change for Tony Wolters. At the tail end of spring training a little over seven months ago he was pulled into the Indians offices in Goodyear, Arizona and received word that he would be making the switch from the middle of the infield to catcher. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Wolters to talk about the position change, how things are going in the AFL and what the future has in store for him.
November 9, 2013 (0 comments)
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 one of the Dunn Field Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Dennis Eckersley, Sonny Sibert, Rocky Colavito, Cliff Lee, Buddy Bell, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller and others.
November 9, 2013 (10 comments)
Shawn Armstrong had a tough 2013 season but so far in the Arizona Fall League he is pitching like the prospect he was expected to be coming into the year. Bryan Price has continued right where he left off as he is having a very good showing in Venezuela. The IBI's Arthur Kinney touches on them and more as he goes Around the Farm...
November 8, 2013 (14 comments)
With the offseason now in full swing, we know that one of the Indians' top priorities will be re-signing either one or both of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir? But what if the team does indeed lose both players to free agency? Who should be the team's target then? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he presents his case in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
November 8, 2013 (7 comments)
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the pitchers at Low-A Lake County. Recently, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers at Lake County this season, and has included comments on pitchers like Dylan Baker, Ryan Merritt, Jake Sisco, Luis DeJesus, Robbie Aviles, D.J. Brown and many others.
November 8, 2013 (24 comments)
Indians starting pitching prospect Joe Colon made his winter ball debut on Thursday night and put forth an exceptional effort with five very strong innings. Jesus Aguilar was back at third base for the second straight night, but there is a reason for that. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains the reason, looks at Colon's good showing and more in Around the Farm...
November 7, 2013 (1 comments)
Welcome to the Ultimate Indians Draft, a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis picked the best draft picks in Indians history round by round. The Indians have certainly had some big hits (and misses) over the years in the draft, but this is an interesting way to look at where the Indians really found some gems in some drafts and did well in a particular round. Jeff starts things off with his best picks in rounds 51 to 41.
November 7, 2013 (8 comments)
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the hitters at Low-A Lake County. Recently, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the players there this season, and he includes those comments on players like Logan Vick, Eric Haase, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Joe Sever, Richard Stock, Jeremy Lucas, and others.
November 7, 2013 (9 comments)
Entering 2013, the Indians had as stable a backend of the bullpen with Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Fast forward to the end of the season, and suddenly it might be the most unstable position on the team since Smith is a free agent, Perez was released, and Pestano is a complete unknown after a tough 2013 because of injury and performance issues. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at the free agent relievers and how they might fit with the Indians this offseason and fill a need for the team.
November 7, 2013 (9 comments)
Jesus Aguilar was in the news tonight and surprisingly not because of his bat. The Tribe slugging prospect got his first start over at third base on Wednesday. In Arizona, Tyler Naquin had a rare 0-5 night while Jake Lowery reached base three times. The IBI's Michael Goodman reports all the action in Around the Farm.
November 6, 2013 (0 comments)
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 one of the League Park Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Minnie Minoso, Andre Thornton, Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Bert Blyleven, Jim Thome, Nap Lajoie and others, and once again there were a few surprising upsets in the first round.
November 6, 2013 (5 comments)
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said," Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it; not hard enough and it flies away." Terry Francona seems to have the perfect grasp when it comes to holding the Indians together. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz discusses why Francona will once again prove to be valuable this offseason.
November 6, 2013 (11 comments)
We are a week into the Hot Stove season of the 2013-2014 baseball season, and the rumors and innuendos are already at play. Chris Perez is gone, Jason Giambi is back, and Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Joe Smith and Matt Albers are leaving/staying/leaving/staying. Terry Francona has reached out to an old friend in Tim Hudson, and the ball is rolling at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Join Jim Pete as he weaves through it all...
November 6, 2013 (4 comments)
Shawn Armstrong had a nice outing in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday and appears to be settling in and pitching well after a tough 2013 campaign at Double-A Akron. The IBI's Arthur Kinney touches on that performance and much more in his trek around the winter leagues.
November 5, 2013 (0 comments)
Amazingly, the 2013 Arizona Fall League season wraps up late next week. It has been a little more condensed version than in years past, but it still has given players from all 30 organizations a chance to face some of the best talent in the upper levels of the minors for five weeks. One player who has benefited from that exposure has been right-handed pitcher Will Roberts, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently talked to him to see how things are going.
November 5, 2013 (0 comments)
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 one of the Stadium Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Victor Martinez, Joe Carter, Asdrubal Cabrera, Toby Harrah, Charles Nagy, Travis Fryman, Mel Harder, Robbie Alomar, Luis Tiant and others, and a few of them are out of the tourney after a first round exit.