The Cleveland Indians were a cool little story in the first half of the 2012 season. They went into the All-Star break with a record of 44-41 and were a mere three games out of first place in the AL Central.
They are now 54-64 and 11 games back. Just as it did in 2011, the second half of the season is doing a number on the Tribe.
The Indians have no shortage of problems. Their starting pitching has been a wreck for much of the season, and their offense simply doesn't have enough depth to produce runs on a consistent basis. It's clear that they have improvements to make this offseason.
But here's a better idea: Instead of the Indians trying to right their ship, how about tearing it apart and building a new one in its place?
In other words, now is the time to rebuild rather than retool.
I fully realize that rebuilding is not an idea that should be tossed around lightly. But in the case of the Indians, a rebuilding movement is warranted.
Here are seven reasons why.
Note: Virtually all of the stats and key information within come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.