Posts Tagged ‘Trades’

Memo to Chris Antonetti: Thanks… For Nothing.

August 1, 2014

AntonettiAccording to Paul Hoynes, Chris Antonetti really, really, really wanted to do a deal before the deadline. Maybe that’s true. But his job isn’t to want to do deals, his job is to actually DO deals.

I suppose I should be glad that we are not Boston or Tampa Bay, trading away our future to cut salary. Oh wait, we just dumped Masterson and Cabrera in order to save money. But wait, maybe we are just being smart and creating cash so we can build up for next year and the year after. So then, this wouldn’t be a sell out, it would be an investment. After all, we did get Walters and Ramsey,

Yeah. There are just two problems with this theory:

1. According to Antonetti, we were really, really, really trying to get Lackey or Milone or others, which means he believes the season isn’t over yet. So then why isn’t he giving Tito better tools to work with?  Get us a pitcher or a strong bat or someone who won’t make errors in the field. I see Giambi in a uni every night, but no trace of Lindor; can someone explain that?

2. But even if this is just a lot of smoke, and Antonetti actually believes the season is over (and just doesn’t want to say it out loud), what is he going to do with free agency?  We don’t need to break the bank on another Swisher or Bourne or Giambi. I love these guys, but we WAY overinvested in them.

I don’t know, maybe I am being unfair.  From everything I’ve seen, Chris Antonetti seems like a great guy. Unfortunately, like most GMs he has evolved into the consummate politician.  Just two weeks ago, Chris was asked how he viewed the second half for the Tribe; here is his reply:

“I believe in our team. I believe in our staff and in Tito. I feel we’ll play better baseball in the second half than we did in the first half. If we can stay healthy and guys perform to their potential as a group I think we’ll have a successful second half. Now, how many wins that translates to and how that compares to how many wins other teams have, I’m not quite sure – but I know we have the potential to play better.”

Huh? Seriously? Did you just say something? I am seeing words, but they aren’t saying anything.

Just once – as a Cleveland sports fan – I’d like to get a winner or the truth… preferably a winner.

53 down, 41 to go. I believe in this team… probably more than Chris Antonetti.






New Players? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ New Players.

July 19, 2011

All of a sudden everyone has an opinion about how to improve the Indians.

We need a solid outfielder with a strong bat from the right side.

Carlos Beltran. Ryan Ludwick. Michael Morse. Hunter Pence. Jeff Francoeur.

We need a new starting pitcher.

Aaron Harang.  Hiroki Kuroda.

Seriously?  Can I offer the cheapskate ownership and GM Chris Antonetti of the first place Cleveland Indians some FREE advice?  Leave well-enough alone.

It’s true that Sizemore may be out for the remainder of the season, but he was never really in, was he?  And Choo will be back in a few weeks to take over right field with his golden arm, which was already handled effectively by a host of outfielders.  As for our starting pitching, White is coming back and Carmona is still capable of being Fausto Carmona.  It’s all good.

Don’t tinker.  Or as my dad used to say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  And it ain’t broke, so don’t fix it.

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