I came to this depressing realization today while glancing over the Indians roster and thought I’d share my pain with everyone…
Over the past 12 months the Indians spent $14.5 million (and parted with key prospects) to acquire Ubaldo Jimenez, Derek Lowe, Johnny Damon and Grady Sizemore. According to Baseball Reference, that quartet has combined to produce a WAR of -1.0.
What does this mean? Well, in theory, the Indians could have simply replaced Jimenez and Lowe with Jamie Moyer and Chris Young, played Shelley Duncan over Damon and not paid Sizemore to take up space on the DL and they would have actually improved by one game in the standings – all while saving over $10 million.
To make this realization even more depressing, the Twins signed Josh Willingham (3.1 WAR) for $7 million – just $.75 million more than the Indians are paying Damon and Sizemore.
To summarize, Antonetti and Shapiro – who I have defended for the most part over the years – failed in epic fashion this past offseason.