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.

 

 

17 Comments

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    Every time a player I don’t want signs with another team, or the Indians avoid a move I don’t like, I always feel like it’s almost as good as making a move. I’m not that high on Worley, although I guess the prospects could have been decent. Still, glad that was a trade they didn’t make. I just saw that Dan Wheeler signed a minor league deal with the Royals, so there’s another bullet dodged.

  • Chris Burnham says:

    Dan Wheeler: A thousand LOLs rolled into one guy.

  • Jeremy C says:

    Whats up with the choo to cincy talk? Why do we want stubbs and the crappy shortstop?

  • Chris Burnham says:

    Just read that. Drew Stubbs and shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius. Not sure I understand Gregorius’ inclusion with a guy like Lindor wanting in the wings a year or two down the road.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/11/reds-deep-in-talks-to-acquire-shin-soo-choo-from-indians/

  • Chris says:

    Right now the rumors look like Gregorius would be headed to AZ instead of ACab. Upside for AZ there would be 6 years of control vs only 2 with cabby. Upside for CLE is we can keep cabby as a stopgap until Lindor is called up or we can trade him mid-season and then use Aviles until Lindor is ready.

  • Jeremy C says:

    except gregorus looks like garbage so im a little confused

  • Chris says:

    Service time and potentially a higher ceiling that Cabby? From what I’ve gathered he’s not a bad prospect but nowhere near a great one either. But 4 extra years of player control is a long time.

  • Jeremy C says:

    No way he has a higher ceiling that cabrera. He wasnt a top 100 prospect i dont think. And Cabrera is only 27

  • Steve Alex says:

    Gregorius seems to be a bigger prospect than his statistics would indicate, so maybe some projection is involved in rating him. If Arizona wants him, I’m fine with that because it allows the Indians to get Bauer or Skaggs for Choo, basically, and still have Cabrera to trade elsewhere. This is starting to look like a rebuild now, with Reynolds signed for only one year and Stubbs clearly being a short-term solution to replace Choo.

  • Chris Burnham says:

    Is it okay if I take credit for posting this earlier today and thereby causing all this action in the last hour? :-P

  • Jeremy C says:

    Im not complaining at all! This would be a fantastic deal for the tribe especially if they get stubbs back too.

  • Chris Burnham says:

    Per Ken Rosenthal:

    Reds receive: Shin-Soo Choo, Jason Donald

    Diamondbacks receive: Didi Gregorius (So I guess Asdrubal is off the table?)

    Indians receive: Drew Stubbs and a pitcher from Arizona, but it’s unlikely Skaggs.

    https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/278661995618787329

    • Jeremy C says:

      this is coming from a guy who is personal friends with choo so i dont want to see him go but this would be a fantastic trade. Absolute win for the Tribe. it isnt final yet though right?

  • Jeremy C says:

    Done deal

  • Chris Burnham says:

    You’re welcome, everyone. :-D