"The only ones I keep are Kipnis, Chizenhall, Pestano."
Welllll, I have to add Cabrera, Choo, Brantley and Santana. Chizenhall is out for 6 weeks with a broken arm. I don't mind starting over but not that much over.
Well to be fair, internal fixes are going to have a bigger effect on this team than any one player that's available on the market right now outside of a guy like Cole Hamels who is obviously not within our reach. Carlos Santana coming back and hitting like he is capable, McAllister/Carmona/Kluber/etc. replacing guys like Gomez and Tomlin in the rotation, etc. These types of internal moves are going to have a greater effect on this club than adding any one player out there. Even Carlos Quentin, who is being touted as the best bat available, isn't anything that special when it really comes down to it.
Again, I didn't hear the interview, so I can't definitely say one way or another what Antonetti meant...but don't you think it's possible he's just saying what a GM is supposed to say at this time? If you come out and say "we need a bat really bad" you're losing a lot of leverage on the trade market.
I don't buy that because if he really thought we needed a bat, he should have contacted every GM in baseball by now. they know what we need and what we have.
But i agree none of the names out there will help. Thats why i would sell right now. Might suffer for 1 year next season, but we have a market of teams who will have to overpay for a Choo, Jimenez, Perez, and Cabrera.
"I don't buy that because if he really thought we needed a bat, he should have contacted every GM in baseball by now. they know what we need and what we have."
But what's to say he hasn't? Just because he says in an interview "our fixes will come from within" that doesn't mean there aren't talks going on behind the scenes. In reports that I've read, coming from sources that are not at all affiliated with the Indians, it sounds like we're active in talks. You have to remember, just because it's not showing up on MLBTraderumors.com, that doesn't mean there isn't anything going on. Remember last year, most people hadn't heard anything about the Jimenez deal basically until the day it happened.
I hope, but if we are getting someone good, we need a guy who is signed for more than till the end of the season. It doesn't help if the guy is here for a few months because if he is worth getting, he is going to cost something, not just a single A relief pitcher.
I still think if we want to compete the next 3 or 4 seasons we need to trade choo, cabrera, and Jimenez while teams are so desperate for those types.
I read several MLB team's forums and I swear the Indians forums are the only ones always talking about getting rid of our current best players EVERY year as soon as there is a little tailspin.
How about keeping guys around for awhile.
Shoot, why not trade Kipnis, Chisenall, Asdrubal and Santana for one legitimate star? Not!!!
I just can't see how you can really believe that Chicago is a clear cut favorite in this division. We've played pretty poorly for the entire month of June, yet we're still only a game and a half back in the race. This division is wide open. The White Sox have two great SP in Peavy and Sale, but the rest of their rotation is mediocre. Floyd, Humber, Danks, Axelrod, etc. None of them are any better than Tomlin, McAllister, Lowe.
And I know their offense has been good to this point, but to me I see a lot of guys playing over their heads. Maybe it'll last all year, but chances are it wont. Alex Rios has a batting average a good 30 points higher than his career average, and his slugging percentage is almost 60 points higher than his career. He's going to cool off as the season goes. Pierzinsky can probably keep his batting average up, but he's NEVER hit for this kind of power ever before in his career, and color me skeptical that a 35 year old catcher suddenly developed middle of the order power. That's going to cool off as the season goes. Even look at Konerko. The guy has always been a great hitter, but he's never been anywhere close to this good. He's hitting .336/.413/.556 but he has a career line of .284/.360/.502, and again we're talking about a 35 year old.
Like I said, it's possible that Rios, Konerko, and Pierzinsky all miraculously have by far the best year of their careers, that's certainly possible. Is it likely though? I just don't think so, not at their age.