Tag:Cleveland Indians
Posted on: July 30, 2009 8:09 am

Indians are only a AAAA farm team

That's right, I put an extra A on that.  With yesterday's trade of Cliff Lee, the Indians have officially given up on this season AND next season.  Lee, the clear ace of this staff, was under contract through next year.  Basically the Mark Shapiro and the Dolans are saying, we're not winning this year and we won't be next year, so why pay Lee the 9 million in his contract.

In this morning's Plain Dealer Bud Shaw put it this way, "The Indains just traded Cliff Lee for 4 prospects.  With any luck some of those prospects may be good enough to trade for prospects in the future."  That's exactly what is going on here.  If you remember, Cliff Lee, a pitching prospect at the time, was acquired in the Bartolo Colon trade to the Angels a number of years ago.  Now that he's developed into a good pitcher, its time to trade him and get more prospects. 

Its a never ending cycle.  Basically the Indians have turned into a farm team for the better funded teams in the league.  Lets develop some good young players and when its time to sign them, we won't be able to afford them, so we'll trade them to another club.  Look at the examples in just recent years Cliff Lee, C.C. Sabathia, Casey Blake, Franklin Gutierez.  My guess is that Victor Martinez is the next one to go.  If its not by tomrrow, then it will be next season.  It feels like the 1980s all over again.

If this keeps up, I think I may have to change my MLB affliation.  I mean who really cheers for a "farm" team anyway?
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2009 8:01 am

See you next year Tribe

Okay.  Its official.  I'm done with the Cleveland Indians for the year.  No more TV.  No more going to the games (actually I never did get to a game this year, but that's probably a good thing.  Last year I bought a 6-pack of tickets.  I was going to do the same this year.  I'm glad I didn't.  That would have been a big waste of money.). 

I'm sure I'll hear the scores on the radio or glancing in the paper, but as far as putting any effort into finding out who did what are what the record is or which players get called up in Sept.  I'm D-O-N-E.

This season has been a huge disappointment from the begining.  I mean they started the season 0-7.  Its been a complete joke.  The picthing is awful (outside of Cliff Lee).  The hitting is awful (outside of Victor Martinez and Shin Soo Choo).  The managing has been horrible as well.

So this is it.  Si-o-nara Tribe.  See you again in March....Oh and do me a favor for next season, don't pretend like the team will be soooo much better because you signed a couple over-the-hill free agents, please.
Category: MLB
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