Sunday, July 06, 2008

This isn't goodbye, it's just I won't ever see you again
The Indians, in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, have dealt Cy Young winner C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee for Double A outfielder Matt LaPorta and two others.So much for the theory that the Indians needed to get someone who could help them next year.

Basically, the Indians re-built their system, but halfway through the process the system started shedding parts.

This ends Sabathia's 11-year partnership with the Indians' organization. As a fan, I wish him nothing but the best. He's a class act.



At 11:04 AM , Anonymous Erik said...

Actually, I don't think the Indians threw an engine here. Fans are viewing this as a setback, but in baseball, small market teams trading away talent before it can leave is part of the natural cycle of things.

The fact is, if you're a team like the Indians or Brewers or the like, you want to develop players like C.C. who play well enough that they price themselves out of your range. That's how you know you're developing the talent you need to win.

So if Shapiro and his band of brainiacs have to trade away a number of players before they can lose them, they're actually doing a good job in the player development department.

You could blame the Dolans for being cheap and not ponying up to keep C.C., but the Twins and A's both traded away stud pitchers in the last six-odd months too. Every midmarket and small market team is in this boat.

Welcome to baseball in the Bud Selig era. Can't have a salary cap, because that smacks of socialism and restraint of free market. After all, we can't have commie pinkos lurking in America's National Pastime, can we?


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