At six games back in the AL Central and 5.5 games back in the wild-card standings, the Indians have become sellers. Teams go on streaks, just look south in Ohio and see the Cincinnati Reds thriving tremendously without their superstar, Joey Votto. However, after being swept by the lowly Minnesota Twins, the Indians have dug their own grave, going 3-7 in their last 10 games while the Tigers and White Sox have been hot throughout the month of July.
After the Tribe loss on Sunday, it is time to take the steps necessary to look for 2013 to be their season. As management sat back and waited for Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman and Jack Hannahan to get things going, the Tigers acquired Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to fill their only two glaring holes, and the White Sox dealt for Kevin Youkilis and added to their pitching depth by getting Francisco Liriano from the Twins. But, hey...Roberto Hernandez, aka Fausto Carmona, is allowed back in the United States, so they have something to be excited about, right?
While the teams around them in the top of the AL Central standings did what they needed to do to maintain their success or gain more, Cleveland ownership was lazy and arrogant, thinking that veterans with little success in the 2012 season were going to explode for their offense at any point.
Sell now and hope for success next season. Maybe management will take an aggressive approach to fill areas of need after another season of a collapse and lazy attempts to win in a top-heavy division.