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It’s as simple as Win or Lose for the Tribe at the Trade Deadline

This is the moment you will know if following and rooting for the Cleveland Indians is worth your time.  No one can argue that the team needs help with the outfield.  All season long the team has held onto the belief that somehow/someway Grady Sizemore would return to being a .275/28HR/100 RBI outfielder.  Let’s be honest about Sizemore.  He is an injury prone player who you can’t assume will be healthy (and more importantly, productive) for long stretches of time.  Just wishing he was Grady of five years ago isn’t going to help.

With Sizemore reinjuring his knee and Choo out until September, the Indians need to acquire a bona fide major league baseball corner outfielder.  They need a legitimate bat with 20 home run power if they want to be in the mix in the Al Central.  That bat is not going to come from Columbus, Akron, or from the waiver wire.  It is not going to come from some Okie that just jumped off a freight train “looking to play some ball”.  They are going to have to trade one of their blessed “can’t miss” prospects if they want to get into the playoffs.  That’s the bottom line.

As you recall, the Indians have sold the fan base on the concept that they are a small market team with a small market payroll.  Expectations have been managed that the team will only be able to “compete” every four or five years.  This looks like one of those years, doesn’t it?  With that stated, shouldn’t you be ALL IN since the team is in first in the middle of July?  When are you going to get another shot at it with the budget lot scratch n’ dent Indians?  By the time the current hot prospects get to the major league level, today’s young players of value will have departed to greener pastures.  You have to go for it RIGHT NOW, and you can’t be cheap about it.

In the next two weeks, the Indians have to make a deal for an impactful bat.  While no one thinks that they will get a Carlos Beltran, there are certainly a few players out there that can be effective rentals.  Don’t let them try and sell you on some bullshit on how somebody like Josh Willingham is The Answer.  I can just see it now…

Plain Dealer:  The Indians feel the acquisition of Josh Willingham is a real game changer.  Manny Acta reacted almost immediately to the news by placing Willingham and his warning track power in the three slot in the lineup.  “We are really excited about having Willingham fly out to left in that three hole as opposed to Sizemore’s strike outs.  It’ll be great for the ballclub!” 

There is a real difference in running an organization like a team or a business.  If the Indians are a team, they will make a deal to bring in an outfielder that can help them win the Central.  If they are strictly a business, they will make a deal as cheaply as possible that they hope will somehow work out despite evidence to the contrary.  “Tribe Hopes Ellis Burks Still Has Gas In Tank”.  If they do nothing, I have a website address for you to get another team’s gear.


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