It's not easy rooting for a small market team.
When your favorite ballclub is consistently low on cash, watching your hometown heroes leave for bigger contracts and greener (pun intended) pastures is a given.
As if watching your former idol put on a pinstriped uniform isn't punishment enough, Yankees fans will take the opportunity to lecture you about the importance of hanging onto your homegrown players, seemingly oblivious to the fact that retaining them is a function of money, not strategy or scouting.
The past couple years have been trying for Tribe fans, who have seen familiar faces CC Sabathia, Casey Blake, Victor Martinez, Cliff Lee, Ryan Garko, Mark DeRosa, Kelly Shoppach, and Rafael Betancourt shipped off to teams who could better afford them.
But hard as it may be to believe, these dump trades aren't always bad for Cleveland. In addition to having our farm system replenished with bright prospects for the future, more than a few of our departed Indians burned out almost immediately after being dealt.
Here's a look at five players we cashed in on at the right times.