This guy here is dead.
This is not the time to begin a total rebuild. For one thing, what would the Indians rebuild with? The building blocks should have come from the trades of Cy Young winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee. Those two deals have brought a center fielder in Michael Brantley and a backup catcher in Lou Marson. Carlos Carrasco figures to join the rotation next year following his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but no one sees him as a front of the rotation starter. Utility man Jason Donald replaced Hafner on the roster Thursday, but if the Indians thought so highly of him, why did they go out and trade for Brent Lillibridge?
As for Matt LaPorta, who has spent all but a minute or two of this season at Class AAA Columbus, it’s hard to believe he’s going to be in the organization next year. He may get a call between now and the end of the season, but if the same people stay in charge, it’s hard to see him playing an important role in the future of the Tribe.
The core of the team is thin: Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Zach McAllister, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Shin-Soo Choo has the talent to be part of it, but he’ll be a free agent after the 2013 season and has rebuffed the Indians’ repeated attempts to sign him to an extension. If the Indians want to bring new talent into the organization, trading Choo would be a good start before he escapes.
Choo doesn’t have the market value of a Cy Young winner, but it’s interesting that he was recently dropped from his highly productive role in the leadoff spot to the No. 3 spot. Is his RBI ability being showcased?