December 25, 2013 (1 comments)
In between shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping and spending some time with his family, Jim Pete didn't let Christmas get in the way of your weekly stroll at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Unfortunately for the readers here at IBI, he decided it was a grand occastion for theme week. Join Jim as he takes you through the 12 Days of a Cleveland Indians' Christmas, for the 2014 season.
December 25, 2013 (2 comments)
From all of us here at Indians Baseball Insider we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Santa was quite busy getting around the entire world last night....let's just hope he left something nice under the Indians' Christmas tree so they can have an even better season than last year.
December 24, 2013 (1 comments)
So far this offseason, while the rest of baseball has been consumed with 10-year contracts, posting fees and blockbuster trades, the Indians have been hard at work finding value on the market without breaking the bank. Chris Antonetti has thus far done an adequate job at combing the available arms for starting pitching and bullpen help. Have they been blockbuster moves? No, but the IBI's Jake Dungan says not to be quick to overlook the minor league signings.
December 24, 2013 (2 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 the region finals in the Municipal Stadium Region and the Stadium Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Elite 8 and two will go home. The matchups feature Gaylord Perry up against Otto Hess and Luis Tiant squares off against Terry Turner.
December 24, 2013 (9 comments)
In the last day before the Christmas holiday begins, Monday was highlighted by seven waiver claims. 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 a day full of waiver claims, the Dodgers add bullpen pieces, and more.
December 23, 2013 (19 comments)
With everyone wrapping up their Christmas shopping today and tomorrow, the Indians themselves appear to have completed most of their shopping list this offseason with the pickups of David Murphy, John Axford, Josh Outman and Shaun Marcum. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes they have one big hole to fill and they their focus will be on looking for creative ways to fill it. He discusses that and also looks at the Outman and Marcum pickups, how Jesus Aguilar can impact the roster and more.
December 23, 2013 (3 comments)
It was a busy week in the Caribbean winter leagues as the Dominican Winter League's regular season came to a close, and the playoffs will begin shortly. In other news, Carlos Santana continued to work on his move to third base and Joseph Colon had another brilliant outing. Plus, Tyler Sturdevant continues to turn heads as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these items and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 23, 2013 (5 comments)
Sunday was another slow day, as teams get ready to celebrate the Christmas holiday. 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 Chris Perez agreeing with the Dodgers, Scott Boras trying to work his magic, and more.
December 23, 2013 (1 comments)
The Indians have signed right-handed pitcher Gabriel Arias, right-handed pitcher Rainer Florez and right-handed pitcher Jose Nine to minor league contracts.
December 23, 2013 (0 comments)
With the Dominican Winter League regular season coming to an end, the IBI's Arthur Kinney notes the playoff format and how players will be assigned to rosters. He also takes stock in how Tyler Sturdevant has done in Puerto Rico so far and his offseason as a whole, and other things.
December 22, 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 the semi-final round of the Jacobs Field Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Ken Keltner against George Uhle in one matchup and a star-studded five star matchup with Earl Averill up against Lou Boudreau.
December 22, 2013 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians seem to be addressing all of their needs this offseason, even if they aren't using big dollars to do it. There aren't many questions remaining on the 25-man roster, but one that is glaring is the #5 starter. Today's IBI Power Poll will take a look at just that question. It could be a bigger question than you think. Last season, Scott Kazmir broke camp as the Indians' #5 starter. Who will it be this year? Join Jim Pete with your #5 starting options.
December 22, 2013 (5 comments)
A slow Saturday was headlined by one major signing. 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 Shin-Soo Choo heading to Arlington, Indians rumors and minor moves, and more.
December 22, 2013 (2 comments)
The winter ball season is starting to wrap up. Most of the teams will take a small break this week for Christmas and then finish their regular season next weekend and then those that qualify for the playoffs will move on while the rest will go home for the winter. Carlos Santana and Jesus Aguilar look to be on playoff bound teams, but whether or not they play in the playoffs remains to be seen. In any case, both were in action on Saturday, and both impressed once again.
December 21, 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.
December 21, 2013 (8 comments)
Asdrubal Cabrera was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, yet when Cleveland finally made the playoffs in 2013, the shortstop had arguably the worst season of his career. With mega-prospect Francisco Lindor honing in on a major league spot and Cabrera only one year from free agency, many fans are ready to move on from the incumbent shortstop following his down season. Jim Piascik breaks down why Cabrera struggled offensively in 2013 and whether the shortstop can bounce back in 2014.
December 21, 2013 (12 comments)
Although there were no major signings on Friday, an intriguing story is developing in Baltimore. 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 Baltimore's ongoing issues with Grant Balfour, Kevin Youkilis heading overseas, and more.
December 21, 2013 (0 comments)
Carlos Santana's new venture at third base is off to a rough start as he has now committed five errors in seven games thus far. Whether he shows any improvement or the Indians intend to pursue this experiment any further remains to be seen, but his chances of manning the hot corner in Cleveland are growing dimmer. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney for Friday's winter ball recap.
December 20, 2013 (46 comments)
It's December 20, and there still has been hardly a whisper heard about Ubaldo Jimenez? The starting pitching market has been slow to develop, and there are no signs as to where Jimenez may ultimately land. The big right-hander played a key role in the Indians' 2013 postseason berth, and it seems probable that he could still re-sign with Cleveland. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he chimes in on why the Indians need to re-sign Jimenez in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
December 20, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season. Chris Tremie remains as manager in Columbus while Dave Wallace moves up to Akron and Scooter Tucker moves to Carolina. Edwin Rodriguez has moved into a special assistant role and the Indians also welcomed in several new coaches.