The Cleveland Indians are doing it again. After getting our hopes up in the first half of the season they once again have shown that they cannot sustain success throughout an entire season. This is in large part to some very questionable decisions made in the offseason.
The first was to bring back the injury-prone Grady Sizemore. Now, I understand the sentimental value of giving Sizemore one more year in Cleveland to try and rebound, but he should have been brought back as a fourth outfielder, not someone who was being counted on to be in the starting lineup every day.
And for $5 million? Come on man, that is crazy. For $2 million more a year we could have had a serviceable starter like Josh Willingham. Instead they brought back Sizemore. Willingham, a right-handed hitting left fielder, signed with Minnesota and has hit 23 homers to date. Let’s just say that this has not been one of GM Chris Antonetti’s best moves.
Next, to fill our huge void at first base we bring in Casey Kotchman. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kotchman and he is a great fielder, but on a team deprived of hitting you cannot waste the first base position on someone who can’t hit for power.
For most of this season many thought that the Tribe would be buyers during this trade deadline. However, after a devastating series against Baltimore this past weekend which has put them 4.5 games behind Detroit for first place, the Indians have now found themselves slowly slipping out of contention.
With the turn in events Tribe fans must now brace themselves for the impact of becoming sellers instead of buyers. Lucky enough for the Tribe they do have one or two pieces that could bring back some valuable return for now and for the future. Let’s look at some potential trade scenarios.