The Cleveland Indians are having the worst season in recent memory, and it appears there is no end in sight to the horrendous slide they are on. They could have tried to add a piece or two at the trade deadline or could have been sellers and dumped salary in an effort to get some prospects in return to replenish their weak farm system.
They neither bought, nor sold. They did nothing.
As a result, the Tribe is on a little bit of a slump since the All-Star break. That might be a bit of an understatement. To say the Indians are in a little bit of a slump is like saying Kate Upton is a little bit hot.
Since the break, the Indians are a ridiculous 11-35 and have gone on a 11-game losing streak and just recently ended a nine-game skid. They are 5-24 over their last 29 games.
At the break, the Indians were only three games out of first and sat in second place behind the Chicago White Sox. They were within whispering distance of the second wild-card spot only one game behind the Baltimore Orioles.
Seems like an eternity ago, doesn't it? I'm weeping just thinking about it.
The Indians are now 55-76 and in fourth place, 17.5 games in back of the White Sox, 17.5 games out of the last wild-card spot. With 32 games left, the Indians' hopes for a playoff spot are gone. The Tribe has been overtaken by the Kansas City Flippin' Royals for godsakes!
The only thing they can realistically do now is save face, finish strong and get ready for next year.
It is time for an overhaul of this team, folks. The Indians' starting rotation has been pretty abysmal this year. After Aug. 30's game, the Indians starters ranked 28th in team ERA (5.13), 28th in BAA (.282) and 29th in walks allowed (289).
This slide show will be the first in a three-part series analyzing the players and their potential for being on the team next season.
Starting with this presentation on the Indians' starting pitchers, I will analyze every Indians player that has logged considerable time with the big club or those that could be starters next season. I will then give my opinion on what the best option is for that player, if they should be on the 2013 Cleveland Indians and why or why not.
If the verdict is they should go, I will give alternatives to that player, which may include the signing of available free agents or players in the minors.
For each player, I will show key stats and current contract situation.
All contract figures (if available) will be from baseballprospectus.com.
Enjoy the slide show. I welcome any comments you may have and please don't cry over your keyboard. It's not good for it.
Here are the starting pitchers who have started games for the Tribe in 2012 and one that could start in 2013:
Note: Check out the web page linked to the "Contract" sub-head for an entertaining look at that player's contract.