The off season is far from over in Cleveland- BUT
The Cleveland Indians have lost the following:
Esmil RogersRyan AndersonJason DonaldThomas NeilRuss Canzler :(Shin So ChooManny ActaThe whole coaching staff
The Indians have Gained the following:
Terry FranconaAn all new coaching staff hand picked by Tito.Russ Canzler :)~Nick SwisherTrevor BauerYan GomesBryan ShawBlake WoodMatt AlbersMike AvilesMark ReynoldsDrew StubbsBrett MyersShawn Marcum ( yes you read that correct- will be announced sometime soon )And another huge player if a certain trade does go through...
I'd say we hit one out of the park. A+++++++
You can all thank Terry "THE HAMMER" Francona - he was the master mind! If anyone has any doubts that this team will not contend this year- you are truly seriously fooling yourself. Tigers are good and the Royals look good on paper- but this team is hungry! The team that has started real hot the last two years as the best team in baseball only to fizzle- got rid of their non-contributing players and added a team of warriors...get ready Tribe fans - it's going to be war in the central this year!
Why would Marcum be the only guy we wait for a physical to announce an agreement with? Although, I guess it could make sense, since his health may be an issue, while the other really weren't.
I really think they are just about done(hope I'm wrong though) But IF they land Marcum, and I suspect Soriano(based on your cubs hint), this team will be absolutely sick. Not sure thing sick, but about a sick a team as we've had in a long time..
Until I hear actual confirmation of those moves you suggested though, I'm not gonna give it serious consideration.
I NEVER would've envisioned this type of off-season coming into it. I'd grade it an A or A- as it stands right now.
I absolutely don't believe we have signed Marcum and have some trade in the works but I hope you are right.
I would give this offseason an A without a doubt. After last year, nearly half the fan base was ready to quit being Tribe fans. Now there is so much buzz about this offseason and we dropped nearly every bum off last years team and replaced it with what I believe to be a much better player. I hope we have one or two moves left in us but without a doubt this is the best off season in years!
I don't understand why we would even pursue a high risk or great reward player like Marcum either...his falling out w/ injury in the 2nd half has me questioning what he truly has left. But if he passes the physical and its not for too much money... then I'd be a little more excited about it.
Oh and I have no idea who we're talking to the Cubs about...I just was told that ...that is a team we have been talking to for 2 weeks now...and it was for a player that could be huge for us....it could possibly be a starter and then again Alfonso does make sense for the DH...but we would also have the three best K guys in the game lol.
I just read this on mlbtraderumors
After their next free agent signing, Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said the team has "used the vast majority of our [financial] resources" for the offseason, tweets Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. It's safe to assume that Antonetti was referring to Brett Myers' one-year, $7MM deal when he referred to the team's next signing.
was it referring to Myers or this possible Marcum agreement you are mentioning? just throwing that out there
I saw that on MLBTR too...Definitely think this means Myers took up the majority of their free agency money left, putting Marcum out of reach. I believe we were in talks with Marcum, Marcum was taking too long to decide, so moved onto Myers. Similar to what happened when we moved on from Youkilis to Reynolds.
So I think we are effectively out of the running for Saunders, Marcum, or Lohse. But it's still very possible we get in on Jair Jurrjens, Pavano, Millwood, etc. A trade is also still in the mix I'm sure.
As of now I would give our offseason a grade of an A-.
Filled needs in RF, CF, 1B, and 2, possibly 3 bench spots. Filled a need with a young FOR starter and a veteran BOR starter. The only thing keeping this from being an A or A+ is a legit MOR starter like Marcum, or even Jurrjens.
Lots of additions and lots of improvements but I wouldn't be ordering any post season tickets just yet.
Who was Ryan Anderson??? Oh wait Lars Anderson maybe?
From what i read the "major" signings are over. Also where did you hear about this deal we have in place for Marcum?
So we essentially didn't add much more than a mill or 2 to our payroll and upgraded A LOT. I think this means we will have some quiet off seasons for the next 3 or 4 years.
Add another starting pitcher and they'd get an A+.
As far as Francona goes...
He's the best GM we've had since the 90's.
Yeah completely agree. I'd be content to head to spring training with the roster as is, but adding one more legit SP would put it over the top.
Even without another SP, this has to be the best offseason ANY Cleveland team has had in a long, long time.