Major League Baseball made signing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) easier than a kickball exam in high school. Sorry, David Stern. In addition, Major League Baseball's signing of the new CBA added many polices that should prove to hurt small market clubs.
Sorry, Cleveland Indians.
This of course will prove more costly for organizations further down the road, making windows of opportunity for the less fortunate clubs a lot more attractive to open up now. When Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti traded for Colorado Rockie's ace Ubaldo Jiminez, that window was not only pushed wide open but the screen kicked in.
Antonetti has made no secret about what spots are in need of upgrading, what kind of money will be spent and the time frame for these transactions. In fact, Antonetti has already made more noise than most clubs in securing the Indians' rotation with the acquisition of Derek Lowe and the low risk signing of Grady Sizemore.
This leaves only one question to be asked: Is it enough to win and win now?
Just ask the San Fransisco Giant whose team makeup during the 2009 campaign looked strikingly similar to that of the 2011 Cleveland Indians. Strong pitching, young offensive position players and no overwhelming veteran leadership.
With the comparison in mind, President Mark Shapiro and Antonetti are in dire need to make the 2012 Cleveland Indians strikingly similar to the 2010 San Fransisco Giants.