Indians Notes: Damon, Contracts, Dolans

April 12 was the date of two very notable trades in Indians history.  On this date in 1916, the Indians acquired future Hall-of-Famer Tris Speaker from the Red Sox after Speaker refused to take a pay cut from Boston.  Speaker spent 11 seasons in Cleveland as both a player and a manager, leading the club to its first World Series title in 1920.  The Tribe weren't so lucky in the trade market on April 12, 1960, however, when they acquired Steve Demeter from the Tigers in exchange for Norm Cash.  Demeter made just five Major League plate appearances after the deal while Cash went on to slug 373 homers in 15 seasons with Detroit.

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7 Responses to Indians Notes: Damon, Contracts, Dolans Leave a Reply

  1. Dem0nBear24 3 years ago

    “Indsins pls” – Dolans

  2. Tired_OF_FakeRumors 3 years ago

    I take damon over Bay any day of the week.

  3. Cody Bezik 3 years ago

    Not sure if happy Tribe signed former All-Star and future All-Star to extensions, or sad that the Dolans aren’t selling.

  4. UrkillingmeSmalls 3 years ago

    Great, that means the idea of the Indians contending anytime soon is also “silliness”.

    • NorCalTribeFan 3 years ago

      A new owner isn’t the solution in Cleveland.  Someone who is less leveraged would certainly be able to increase the payroll somewhat, but any team in that city will not be able to sign players long term.

      Look at what is happening in Minnesota.  Joe Mauer got BOOOED the other day.  (or so I’m told.) Not so long ago the Twins were being hailed as THE small market team.  Now, they have two boat anchor contracts that will weigh the team down even if Mauer and Morneau produce.  The same thing is about to happen in Cincinnati with Phillips and Votto.  Signing these players guarantees they won’t be able to put a solid team around them.

      Small market clubs simply cannot sign players to the same kind of contract as large market teams.  This isn’t Dolan’s fault.  It is just the truth.

  5. norm cash was with the white soxs

  6. NorCalTribeFan 3 years ago

     In December of 1959, the White Sox traded Cash to the Indians for Minnie Minnoso (there were a number of the other players involved.)  The Indians GM, Frank “Trader” Lane seemed to have trade-tourettes.  He sent Cash to Detroit the following April for Steve Demeter.

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