December 18, 2013 (10 comments)
With Yan Gomes established as Cleveland's starting catcher in 2014, Carlos Santana has begun to work out at third base in the Dominican Republic. Finding a way to get Santana at bats away from the designated hitter spot is a good one, but one big question remains: Will Santana at third base be more harmful than helpful? Jim Piascik looks at that question and puts moving Santana to the hot corner in context.
December 18, 2013 (10 comments)
After weeks of speculation the Orioles have finally landed their new closer. 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 Grant Balfour signing with Baltimore, a former top Indians prospect attempting a comeback, and more.
December 18, 2013 (4 comments)
The winter leagues are starting to wind down as the regular season for most of the Latin American leagues are down to their final two to three weeks. Jesus Aguilar played in a doubleheader on Tuesday and looks to be finishing strong, and Carlos Santana had another multi-error game at third base. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm...
December 17, 2013 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has signed free agent catcher Matt Treanor to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
December 17, 2013 (15 comments)
"From the gutter to the grail. we rise up to win it..." Those lyrical words of encouragement penned by newly-arrived pitching prospect Trevor Bauer provided some inspiration for the new-look Tribe early in the year. But while Bauer's contributions to the hip-hop community may have been productive last season, the same cannot be said for his pitching, unfortunately. Can he still live up to the hype? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates in this week's Swinging for the Fences.
December 17, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced on Tuesday that Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn have been added to the player lineup for this year’s Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 25 and 26.
December 17, 2013 (27 comments)
Team president Mark Shapiro continually hinted that Cleveland would sign a reliever with closing experience and that prophecy came true Sunday night, as the team agreed to sign former Milwaukee closer John Axford. The only reason Axford was available is due to his struggles in 2012 and 2013 following a dominant campaign in 2011. Jim Piascik analyzes Cleveland's new closer and what the right-hander needs to do to be successful in 2014.
December 17, 2013 (17 comments)
The Indians continue to make minor moves to add to their overall depth. 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 Shaun Marcum as the next Cleveland revival project, an AL Central closer getting traded, and more.
December 17, 2013 (6 comments)
It was a very light schedule on Monday as the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League were off and the Venezuela Winter League had just two games scheduled. That said, there was some action and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps it in Around the Farm.
December 16, 2013 (7 comments)
The Indians and right-handed closer John Axford are set to sign a one year $4.5 million deal that will include an additional $1.75 million in incentives based on games finished. He is expected to undergo a physical on Wednesday after which the deal will be formally announced provided he passes it. The Indians have also signed right-handed pitcher Shaun Marcum to a minor league deal.
December 16, 2013 (14 comments)
A rather large edition of Tribe Happenings today! The IBI's Tony Lastoria chimes in and gives his thoughts at the Indians lack of deals at the Winter Meetings, looks at the signing of John Axford as the team's new closer and why it concerns him, why he's completely on board with the Indians using Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in middle relief, why the chances of a Justin Masterson extension may hinge on what happens with Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana this offseason, and much more!
December 16, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a busy week in the winter leagues, and perhaps no story was bgiger than the ongoing dispute taking place between Leones del Caracas and the Cleveland Indians in regard to Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar has been almost unstoppable this winter, but could his season be coming to a close? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he provides all the details on that situation and also updates you other performers in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 16, 2013 (14 comments)
Sunday saw the Indians reach an agreement with a new closer for 2014. 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 Indians signing of John Axford, Mark Ellis heading to St. Louis, and more.
December 16, 2013 (3 comments)
While the Indians were busy in free agency on Sunday wrapping up a deal to bring in veteran closer John Axford, several players were in action in winter ball. Carlos Santana continued his experiment at third base, Erik Gonzalez wrapped up an impressive winter ball showing and Jesus Aguilar just continues to mash.
December 15, 2013 (18 comments)
Per ESPN's Buster Olney, the Indians have an agreement with free agent right-handed closer John Axford. The deal is pending a physical and terms of the deal are not known at this time.
December 15, 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 First Energy Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Tito Francona up against Vean Gregg and a blockbuster matchup with Albert Belle against Al Rosen.
December 15, 2013 (28 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have signed David Murphy, an underrated and to some, and underwhelming free agent this offseason, and haven't really done much of anything else to compensate their free agent losses. If you were able to take the keys from Chris Antonetti and drive the Indians ship, what would you do? Join Jim Pete in his less than perfect attempt to create a poll for you to do just that.
December 15, 2013 (3 comments)
Saturday has a bit of an uneventful day, but still saw a couple of notable signings. 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 Juan Uribe staying with the Dodgers, the Twins continuing to add pitching and more.
December 15, 2013 (4 comments)
A full slate of action was on tap throughout the Indians organization on Saturday night. Carlos Santana played his second game at third base in the Dominican and while the bat was good the defense was very shaky. Also, Jesus Aguilar did not homer but there is some growing controversy as his Caracas team is upset with the Indians about requesting he end his winter ball campaign. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews all the action in Around the Farm...
December 14, 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.