Smoke Signals 10.7 - Spring Training Week 6

Jake, Tony and Jeff return to the airwaves on the heels of the United States' World Baseball Classic victory to discuss the tournament as well as the latest news out of camp with the Indians, including Michael Brantley's progress and who should fill in for Jason Kipnis while he's on the mend.

Tony Lastoria and Jake Dungan are back on the cyberwaves for another season of Smoke Signals, IBI's flagship podcast. A show that started in the summer of 2008 with Tony Lastoria and Paul Cousineau has stuck around since and been a regular podcast for several diehard fans of the Indians and their minor league system.

With Jason Kipnis potentially out for the first month of the season, how should the Tribe compensate with their roster? Will they move Jose Ramirez over to cover second base? Is this the break that Yandy Diaz has been looking for to crack the big league roster? How do Erik Gonzalez and/or Michael Martinez fit into the mix? These are questions Indians manager Terry Francona will have to address in these final weeks of spring training before opening day. In the meantime, Jake and Tony are joined once again by IBI draft expert Jeff Ellis to make their predictions for how the roster will shake out as well as provide a Michael Brantley update, discuss the World Baseball Classic and debut a new segment on the show.

Topics discussed:

-  The United States' 8-0 win over Puerto Rico to capture their first ever World Baseball Classic title.

-  How should the Indians cover for the ailing Jason Kipnis in April?

  • Terry Francona now open to moving Jose Ramirez to second base.
  • Indians not yet confident in Yandy Diaz's defense.
  • Will we see another year of Michael Martinez in Cleveland?
  • Is Richie Shaffer a dark horse candidate for a roster spot?

-  Michael Brantley returns to Cactus League play appearing in three games this week, including his first back-to-back games.

The debut of a new segment: "Buy or Sell?"

-  Final roster spot predictions.

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