Mid-market teams like the Cleveland Indians have a short shelf-life.
Without the ability to retain their top players past arbitration, the Indians need to stockpile prospects. To do so, they have to be willing to trade talented players at the tail-end of their cost-controlled years.
The Indians haven't been in the postseason since 2007 when they came just a game shy of the World Series. Though they've taken calculated gambles (including last year's trade for Ubaldo Jimenez) to try and put their team over the top, it's clear that the franchise, as presently constituted, isn't a contender.
With Cleveland now 17 games back of the division-leading Chicago White Sox, and 18 games below .500, it's clear that their front office needs to start over.
As painful as it sounds, some of the Indians' big pieces and valuable assets need to be moved.
Let's take a look at three Tribe players who will be wearing other uniforms in 2013.