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?