Well, the Indians finally made a move. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a move for an impact bat like Ryan Ludwick, Hunter Pence, or Carlos Beltran. No, the Indians did something much smaller and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. On Thursday afternoon, the Indians called up top second base prospect, Jason Kipnis from Triple A Columbus.
This is not meant to be a slight against Kipnis. He’s a very good player and has shown a tremendous amount of upside during his time in the Indians minor league system. There’s a reason why he’s considered to be one of the untouchables when it comes to trade negotiations. Unfortunately, the move itself has not been granted the approval of Indians fans. Many are already moaning and groaning about how this is a cheap move by a team and ownership that is reluctant to spend the money necessary to go for it all.
While I understand that there’s a much larger picture that needs to be taken into account, I’m also beginning to lean towards the side of the doubters out there. Kipnis is the third prospect called up by the Indians since the beginning of June. Cord Phelps came first and didn’t hit. Lonnie Chisenhall soon followed and has also struggled to find his stroke. Judging from this move, it would appear that the Indians are following the “third time’s the charm” mantra. Awesome.
I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but the Indians need to make an impact move or risk losing the fan base. It’s one thing to become sellers at the trade deadline when you’re out of contention, but to not make any moves when you’re a half game out will be viewed as a slap in the face to everyone who has bought into this team up until this point. The Indians need to acquire a right-handed bat to play in the outfield who can provide some pop and be a run producer in the middle of the lineup. Kipnis doesn’t fit any of these needs. To try and sell this to us as the move that will make the big difference is like asking us to believe that Santa Claus makes a living between the months of January and November selling meth. Sorry, I’m not buying it.
The Indians claim that they want to make a move, but they don’t want to mortgage their future at the same time. I’d argue that the Indians would be mortgaging their future by not making a move. Look at the prospects the Indians have deemed “untouchable.” Look at the current roster of Indians the Indians would refuse to part ways with. They all hit left-handed. The only real right-handed power threat the Indians currently have is Matt LaPorta. Everyone else hits left-handed. I’m sorry, but you can’t got to battle with a team that primarily consists of let handed hitting. Don’t blieve me, here’s a list:
- Shin-Soo Choo
- Michael Brantley
- Travis Hafner
- Grady Sizemore
- Lonnie Chisenhall
- Jason Kipnis
- Cord Phelps
- Ezequiel Carrera
- Travis Buck
- Jack Hannahan
Does any other team in baseball have this many left-handed hitters? Does any other farm system have so many left-handed hitting prospects? They’re all the same or close to it. Why haven’t the Indians found themselves a right-handed power hitter like a Ryan Braun or Evan Longoria? How is it that all these other teams are able to find or have a power hitter fall into their laps? Why is that the one area the Indians have failed?
One thing’s for sure, if they don’t try to solve the problem, they’ll sitting at home watching the playoffs again this year.