December 14, 2013 (4 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft continues on with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 30 to 21. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis is going through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determining the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
December 14, 2013 (24 comments)
The first full day after the Winter Meetings saw a couple of contending teams make some moves. 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 Omar Infante going to the Royals, Boone Logan heading to Denver, and minor Indians moves.
December 13, 2013 (15 comments)
Carlos Santana finally made his Winter Ball debut as well as his debut at third base and had a decent start playing error-less defense and collecting a hit on top of it. Plus, Erik Gonzalez racked up three RBI thanks to a three-run triple and Joseph Colon finally picked up his first Winter Ball win. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes a trip around the farm.
December 13, 2013 (5 comments)
The Indians have announced that they have signed infielder David Adams to a major league contract. They have also signed right-handed pitcher Travis Banwart, outfielder Matt Carson and right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd to minor league deals and extended them invites to major league spring training.
December 13, 2013 (7 comments)
The Indians continue to focus on picking up young, upside arms from the draft to add to the starting pitching mix in the minors. While they have not had a lot of luck in this endeavor in previous years, they have adjusted the development process for starting pitchers which may help them going forward. One such new arm added to the mix this year was 2013 5th round draft pick left-hander Sean Brady, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and talked with him about his pro debut and the draft.
December 13, 2013 (1 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 Quicken Loans Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features C.C. Sabathia against Addie Joss and Mike Garcia against Joe Gordon.
December 13, 2013 (5 comments)
Players are starting to come and go in winter ball. Already several players have had their seasons end for various reasons, and in today's Around the Farm the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on when Carlos Santana will make his debut and also gives the scoop on Jesus Aguilar's season coming to an end soon.
December 12, 2013 (17 comments)
The Winter Meetings have wrapped up, but the news and rumors continue to trickle in. The big news over the last 24 hours is the Indians pursuit of a closer which appears to be heating up as they reportedly have offers out to John Axford and Jaoquin Benoit. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about this development and how important it is to solidify the backend of the bullpen, and he also provides updates on other Indians related news.
December 12, 2013 (26 comments)
Over the past few weeks, the idea of trading Michael Bourn has become a hipster approach both because of the market place that currently exists as well as his contract implications on the Indians over the next three possibly four years. The IBI's Michael Hattery has fluctuated in between camps regarding whether or not Bourn should be dealt, and in his latest Trend Spotting piece assesses his value in the market and to the Indians.
December 12, 2013 (10 comments)
The 2013 Rule 5 Draft kicks off today at 9:00am ET. The Indians have an open spot on the 40-man roster, so they could be on the hunt for a pen arm to bring to spring training and see what happens with him. Also, there are a few interesting players that the Indians left unprotected who could be selected. Follow this running blog as the draft commences over the next hour to see who the Indians possibility select or lose in the draft.
December 12, 2013 (0 comments)
Jesus Aguilar seems to have found his stride again as he reached base twice and scored two runs. Unfortunately, he was about the only bright spot for Tribe prospects in action on Wednesday night as Ronny Rodriguez, Erik Gonzalez and Carlos Moncrief went hitless. On the pitching side, Elvis Araujo and Brett Brach each had hiccups on the mound. Join the IBI's Michael Goodman as he recaps all the highlights.
December 11, 2013 (26 comments)
Day three of the Winter Meetings is coming to a close. The Indians have not made a trade and have been quiet on the free agent front, but the Justin Masterson trade possibility continues to dominate the Indians related news. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the mixed messages being sent about whether or not the Indians really are considering trading Masterson and also reviews and provides insight into all of the Indians related news at the Winter Meetings.
December 11, 2013 (0 comments)
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with Double-A Akron hitting coach Jim Rickon. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Rickon and talked about all of the major players that he worked with this season at Akron. They discussed the big step forward that Jesus Aguilar took, the strides that Carlos Moncrief has made to become a star, the impressive hitting skills that Jose Ramirez possesses, and much more on several other players named Urshela, Holt, Rodriguez, Lowery, Naquin, Lindor and so on.
December 11, 2013 (0 comments)
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas on Call to the Bullpen and several lucky teams will be getting some early Christmas presents during the MLB Winter Meetings this week. Will the Indians be among the recipients? Join the IBI's Jake Dungan and Hayden Grove as have all the latest Tribe and other Hot Stove rumors and speculations tonight at 9pm ET on another special offseason installment of Call to the Bullpen
December 11, 2013 (33 comments)
The rumors are circulating that the Cleveland Indians are entertaining offers for their ace, Justin Masterson. Of course, during the Winter Meetings, rumors and fact are often mixed together so much in this era of Twitter and Facebook, that it's hard to know what's true, and what's not. Join Jim Pete to find out what it will take for the Indians to deal their ace, or sign him long term so he remains at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
December 11, 2013 (4 comments)
The winter leagues press on and are nearing the end of their seasons with about three weeks remaining. One player who is finishing strong is first baseman Jesus Aguilar who is on a record setting home run pace after he launched his 15th and 16th home runs of his winter ball campaign in Venezuela on Tuesday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his game along with all the other Indians that were in action.
December 10, 2013 (15 comments)
Day two of the 2013 Winter Meetings is wrapping up. The free agent rumors are starting to heat up and the trade activity has increased with two big trades so far on the day. Things are a little quieter on the Indians front, though quite a stir was created when word got out how the Indians are "listening" to offers for Justin Masterson. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why they are doing this, talks about Asdrubal Cabera's market, and provides updates and thoughts on all the Indians-related news at the Winter Meetings.
December 10, 2013 (4 comments)
The 2013 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 12th at 10:00 a.m. ET and unofficially closes the Winter Meetings. It does not get big headlines, but there are some players taken in the hopes of filling out a major league roster and sometimes some good players are unearthed which become regulars or even All Stars. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at all of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 35 players.
December 10, 2013 (19 comments)
Dodging rumors from every corner of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, it was a busy first day for the Tribe at the week long Baseball Winter Meetings. Even with newly signed first baseman David Cooper in the fold, the move won't stop GM Chris Antonetti from looking at ways to keep improving the offense. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a look at potential free agent hitters and trade targets for the Tribe.
December 10, 2013 (7 comments)
By now, fans are familiar with the nicknames "Little Cowboy" and "The Herrmannator" as their recipients have been in Cleveland for a while now. But despite their tenure, starting pitcher Josh Tomlin and right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann have not yet had their 'golden opportunity' to prove themselves as their time with the actual big league club has been sporadic. However, they may finally get that chance in 2014. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains in his weekly column.