The Indians’ involvement in the Upton mega-deal fizzled. The Phillies offering Vance Worley and assorted prospects isn’t enough.
I don’t know about you, but I’m fine with that.
The Indians are waiting and biding their time. They’re busy talking to teams, but they are scratching that itch on their trigger-finger first. That’s something that has not been their strong suit. Simply put, they know they have some hammers and everyone else are the nails for a change.
Asdrubal Cabrera is getting a lot of action in the trade market with his name previously being floated in a myriad of potential deals. The Indians, having possibly learned from the hastiness that lead to the Ubaldo Jimenez deal, are rightfully waiting for a deal that clearly benefits them. Shin-Soo Choo, possibly surprisingly, hasn’t been getting as much publicized action as Cabrera, but he could be a nice consolation prize for a team who comes out on the losing end in the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes.
If you’re like me, you really wish you could listen in on the meetings that Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona are having. Maybe it is old fashioned naïveté on my part, but there seems to be a renewed sense of purpose and direction at work here; a direction that didn’t seem so prevalent in recent years, especially with the half-deck that Manny Acta was apparently, and perhaps unfairly, saddled with.
I still believe that tangible success in the form of two championships can be a spark for action. That there’s something to the “Francona Effect” and Acta never had a chance. I’m all in on Tito. I’m IV-ing that Kool-Aid. And I’m am also sucker for conspiracy theories.
I also know that, by the time August rolls around, I’ll likely despise myself for jumping in with both feet without noticing that there’s no water in the proverbial pool. And I’m jumping into the shallow end.
But there does seem to be a few rusted cages being rattled. The Indians have some money to spend for a change, as well as some guys that other teams actually want, and as Kansas City showed us two days ago, somebody is just dying to be a sucker. That used to be us. But for one off-season anyway, the Indians appear to be holding out with their best interests only.
Patience is a wonderful thing in a time like this. And lessons learned have (hopefully) steered the ship in the right direction. Let other teams make the mistakes. Let them come to us. The Indians look as if they are recognizing the right way to do their business.
On their terms.