Jason Miller/Getty Images
Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis provide a great young core
The end of this season—if the infusion of youth takes place that should—will give fans, the front office, and the owners an idea of where this team is headed for next season. This is extremely important, because I feel the Indians have a one year window to capitalize before multiple bad things happen.
First, if they are unable to put anything together next year the already-unsettled fan base may very well be completely alienated from the team. With football season fast approaching, many fans have already jumped ship, and if this same thing happens next year it will be at an even greater level.
Second, I feel like the ownership is giving this current front office one more season before making a change. Antonetti and Shapiro have proved to be very stagnant management. This trade deadline being so quiet leads to beg the question, why trade for Ubaldo last year if you are just going to duct tape the rest of the problems with this team?
Only time will tell—and if Shaponetti like their positions, they better hope for a better year next season.
If the Indians' youth can step up and prove relevant, then I feel like this team is in much better shape for next season. However, if they don’t, then this could be a very tumultuous offseason; as there really aren’t a whole lot of free agents out there who we could add at the value that the ownership looks for.
What if this team had made a move to stay in the race? What if we had owners that were willing to spend money? What if every single season, Tribe fans didn’t have to keep thinking about the past glory instead of looking forward to the current team becoming contenders? What if every year we didn’t have to say “ There is always next year?”