Found December 06, 2011 on Indians Baseball Insider:
Bryce Stowell (Photo: Lianna Holub)With the Rule 5 approaching, I thought it might be a good time to dust off this old column and take a deeper look at the last few drafts. For this year I am adding a new breakdown where each year we will also look at the highest level each player has reached. I will only count the highest level though if they make eight starts or appear in ten games.There has been a lot of confusion over who is eligible and who the Indians might lose in the draft. For those who don’t know how it works and want to get more info on it, take a look at the FAQ and 2011 eligibles. I wanted to quickly just touch on the monetary side of the draft. If you select a player you must pay his team $50K for the selection.  If that player does not make the team’s 25-man opening day roster then he can be returned to the original team if the original team is willing to pay a $5K return fee.This article is an eight year look back at the Rule 5 drafts to help give an idea of who typi...

Indians designate RHP Rondon

The Indians have designated pitcher Hector Rondon for assignment, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Grady Sizemore. Rondon, once considered one of the top prospects in Cleveland's organization, underwent right elbow surgery on Nov. 15 in Florida. Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews repaired a fracture in Rondon's elbow. The team said he will need...

MLB’s New CBA & What it Means for the Indians: Part 5 – The Upside?

I spent most of last week dissing the new MLB CBA.  Needless to say, I think it’s a pretty crummy deal for the sport in general, and for small- and mid-market team in particular.  Read any of those links to get a better idea as to the “whys” of my disdain. Today, though, I’m going to try to look at the positives.  I’m not doing this because I believe the deal is a good...

2011 Rule 5 Draft Preview

Rob Bryson (Photo: IPI)Note: I'll be doing a live blog tomorrow before and during the Rule 5 Draft with and news or information on any picks the Indians make or players they lose.Welcome to Rule 5 Eve.Okay, so it does not have the same ring to it as Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, nor is it a major story at the Winter Meetings. But it is something that all clubs are preparing...

Who's On First? 2012 Projections

There have been a few rumors about the Indians running around during the Winter Meetings. The majority of these have involved an improvement to the offense, specifically first base. The Indians, according to, have already proclaimed themselves out of the running for Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Carlos Pena (who would want him?) so they are currently looking for Matt...

Around the Farm: December 6

Giovanni SotoAround the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.Here is the rundown of what Indians players in winter ball did yesterday...

Brantley could get shot at first base in spring

The Indians plan on being as creative as possible in their quest to upgrade their roster. That is why Cleveland is considering giving outfielder Michael Brantley a trial run as a part-time first baseman this spring.

Indians designate former top prospect Rondon

The Indians have designated pitcher Hector Rondon for assignment, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Grady Sizemore.

Cleveland Indians prospect Hector Rondon undergoes surgery, dropped from roster

Hector Rondon will miss five to seven months following surgery to repair his fractured right elbow.

Asdrubal, Ubaldo set to play winter ball

The Indians want to help pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez feel confident in his offseason preparation when Spring Training opens and the club wants shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to feel strong by the time September rolls around. That is why both are going to play winter ball.

MLB Rumors: Quick-Hitting the Indians’ Winter Meetings

This is a rough time of year for the employed baseball fan. First, there are no matinee games to get us down to the ballpark and out of the office on Wednesday afternoons.  Which, I think we can all agree, sucks eggs. But second, the Winter Meetings seem to be taking place DURING NORMAL WORKING HOURS, which means I can’t follow my twitter feed quite as closely as I’d prefer...

Have Cleveland Indians moved away from their contract extension philosophy?

The Indians invented the strategy of signing young players to multiyear deals to avoid arbitration. Now it seemingly has become a thing of the past even though the Indians have seven players eligible for arbitration.

Josh Willingham would be a welcome addition - Indians Comment of the Day

"Give me Josh Willingham over Michael Brantley in left every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Maybe Brantley will make a big jump up this season, but so far his bat is that of a fourth outfielder and his glove is that of a left fielder only. He had some big hits last year, but unfortunately he didn't have enough regular old hits for me to want him to be a starter. And...

Manny Ramirez draws no comment from Cleveland Indians: winter meetings chatter

Manny Ramirez is looking for another chance in baseball. When asked if he was interested, Indians GM Chris Antonetti was silent.
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