What are we doing?
Seriously. I’d like to know, because from my vantage point it looks like the Indians are sitting around with their thumbs up their butts.
Meanwhile, as the Indians continue to partake in their self exploration of the field of proctology, all the other teams competing for the AL crown are loading up like this is a 1980’s nuclear arms race. We were told the Indians were going to acquire a big bat. We were told they were going to address the problem at first base. We were even told of a possible “big trade.” Where is any of this? Did I sleep through it all? Is this just a bad dream and when I wake up the Indians lineup will be loaded with home run hitters reminiscent of the 1995 team?
Unfortunately no, this is all to real and all too much what we have come to expect from the Indians under the ownership of Larry Dolan.
This has been another season where the Indians sit idly by while their competition continues to throw big dollars at top-level talent. Better yet, if they aren’t spending big bucks, they’re making trades to acquire those all-star caliber level talents. Let’s run down the list, shall we?
The Yankees acquired Hiroki Kuroda and future ace Micahel Pineda.
The Rangers spent big buck to sign Yu Darvish from Japan.
The Angels went out and spent a third world countries GDP on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.
The Red Sox traded for Andrew Bailey and more than likely aren’t anywhere even close to being done.
The Rays… well the Rays are the Rays, but everyone knows they’re going to be good.
Then today… the Tigers… OUR MAIN RIVAL FOR THE DIVISION… went out and signed Prince Fielder to a 9 year $214 million dollar contract.
How do you compete with that? Well, if you’re the Indians you sit down with Carlos Pena and argue over what essentially comes down to nickels and dimes in the grand scheme of things. You make a BIG TRADE… for Kevin Slowey. You go out and sign a huge impact bat like… Ryan Spilborghs. What?
Yes. That’s what the Indians have done to combat the powers that be. No game changing signing. No all in trades for a big time bat or MVP caliber player. No creative maneuvers like trying to pry Joey Votto away from the Reds or David Wright from the Mets. Like I said… thumb up the butt.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the financially constraints in which the Indians operate, but given what everyone else has done in an attempt to one up each other you can’t help but feel like the Indians are the Kazakhstan to the Angels, Yankees, and Tigers USA, Germany, and Russia.
I also understand that this is my initial reaction to today’s news and it hasn’t had the proper amount of time to sink in. Unfortunately, I just don’t see how my opinion is going to change on any of this. The move by the Tigers to go out and get Prince Fielder is a game changer and may very well have sealed the division for them before a single pitch is even thrown. Yes, anything can happen in any given year… but seriously… what does everyone honestly think is going to happen?