Offseason In Review: Cleveland Indians

Next in our Offseason In Review series, the Indians.

Major League Signings

Notable Minor League Signings

Trades and Claims

Notable Losses

Summary

In Mark Shapiro's last offseason as GM, the Indians' winter hammered home the fact that they're in full rebuilding mode.  Free agent spending was limited to a mere $2.85MM for Branyan and Redmond, while the Shoppach trade allows the Tribe to go younger and cheaper with their starting catcher.  Otherwise, it was low-risk tinkering with additions like Duncan, Kearns, and Wright.

The Indians' veteran sell-off began last summer and should continue in 2010.  Shapiro will defer to Chris Antonetti on decisions affecting the club beyond this year, as Antonetti will become GM after the season.  The pair will presumably work to move the team's biggest remaining contracts: Travis Hafner, Jake Westbrook, Kerry Wood, and Jhonny Peralta.  The light at the end of the tunnel: ESPN's Keith Law ranks the Indians' farm system fourth in the game.


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25 Comments on "Offseason In Review: Cleveland Indians"


InTheKZone
5 years 6 months ago

The lineup doesn’t look too bad considering… If everything works out right, they should be able to score some runs.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

That’s the problem, how often does everything work out right? But even if their offense works out perfectly their pitching has more questions than answers… Westbrook hasn’t pitched 200 innings since 2006, Carmona hasn’t pitched effectively since 2007, Masterson hasn’t had a full season as a starter yet, then the best of the rest barely have made it past 120 innings in a season. I kinda like the Indians, but unless things turn out perfectly for them they’re going to be 4th in the AL Central again.

InTheKZone
5 years 6 months ago

It appears I chose my words wrong. What I should have probably said is if nothing goes severely wrong. However, we know how likely that is too.

And yes, I was thinking the same about their pitching. They will probably score runs but until the pitching problems are worked out, this team is destined to go nowhere.

sackseph
5 years 6 months ago

Jhonny Peralta is good Power hitting SS. He could help the Dodgers when Furcal gets put on the DL

InTheKZone
5 years 6 months ago

Several teams could used him at this point. The Dodgers, Cardinals, and so on.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Which brings up another question about the Indians future… when is Choo going to have to return to Korea for his mandatory military service?

InTheKZone
5 years 6 months ago

I saw somewhere at the beginning of last season that it’d be after this year but I am not sure about where I saw it.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Too bad, he’s one of the better right fielders in the game.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

I just read an article on this and the author indicated that there was very little chance that he would go back to serve his commitment. Whether he gets a waiver or does something more drastic (like change citizenship) odds are that he will be playing with the Indians through his prime.

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

Really? The last thing I read said he would go serve his commitment.

InTheKZone
5 years 6 months ago
5 years 6 months ago

The word is that the South Korean government told Choo that if he can get an exemption to participate with Korea in the 2010 Asian Games this fall, and the Koreans win the gold in the games, then they will exempt Choo from his military service.

Apparently, he’s told the media that he has a back-up plan if the one I mentioned above fails, but he’s told them that he can’t say what it would be yet.

I’m guessing that Cleveland fans will be rooting for Korea this fall, because he’s quietly emerged as an elite outfielder.

lefty58
5 years 6 months ago

The Tribe and the Tigers are looking like very serious players in 2011 and beyond. They may take the division over from the Twins for a long stretch pretty soon.

InTheKZone
5 years 6 months ago

Somebody must like the like button.

PRKnight
5 years 6 months ago

It all begins and ends with Sizemore. If he is healthy and plays well then they can probably contend, but if not they have to seriously think about moving him on the high note of him being young and having a nice contract to gain alot in return. I kno indian fans will be upset but if you can get a really nice deal with talent they can control for a number of years.

5 years 6 months ago

I don’t know..

I’m not sure that even a nice bounceback season from Sizemore would be enough to make up for that rotation. It flat out sucks right now.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Contend for what? 4th place?

cookmeister
5 years 6 months ago

I wish Amriz was in the NL, that guy can stroke it pretty good

5 years 6 months ago

It would make no sense for the Indians to take on expensive contracts for the mediocrity that is available on the free agent starting pitcher market. 2010 is the year to sort through Masterson, Huff, Laffey, Talbot, Carrasco, Rondon, etc.. to see what they have. The pitching could be dismal this year but with so much youth and the possibility of a bounceback year for Westbrook (recovering from injury) and/or Carmona (trying to recover from who knows what) it could also be decent. With all of the young talent already on board (Choo, Cabrera, Brantley, LaPorta) and one of MLB’s best farm systems, the Indians won’t be down for long.

pinkiepinkerton
5 years 6 months ago

These guys have signed 4 Twins castoffs this offseason. I cannot tell you how refreshing that is. It seems like just yesterday (the late ’90 really) that that phrase was the other way around.

Long live Mike Redmond. May you find yourself back in a Twins uniform in a few years.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Remembre when the Indians signed Kazuhito Tadano because he enjoyed appearing in homosexually oriented pornographies?

johnallison
5 years 6 months ago

The Indians should take a clue fom the Cavs. You don’t gut your club of your veterans, you build arounf them. Another frustrating year is upon us thanks to inept leadership.

kmils
5 years 6 months ago

Because they’re not competing and the value of upgrading their rotation is minimal?

5 years 6 months ago

Because even if they added some pieces to help the rotation, it would probably still be a problem given how little impact pitching they have on the team right now. I mean, does anyone have confidence in a rotation of Westbrook, Masterson, Huff, Laffey and Carmona to be remotely good enough to contend?