When the Blake deal was announced did anyone else find it strange that we were sending cash to Los Angeles? As it turns out the Indians are basically paying the remainder of Blake’s salary, or roughly $2.2 million dollars. Does that seem right to you? Apparently, it would have been a deal breaker had the Indians not ponied up the cash. Read this from Peter Gammons–
The reason the Indians were able to get Carlos Santana, a very high-level prospect, in the Casey Blake deal is that the Indians took on all of Blake’s remaining $2 million salary. Several general managers around baseball wonder whether L.A. doesn’t have cash flow problems.
In fact, the Indians and Dodgers had a deal in place for Sabathia with L.A., but it was turned down after being reviewed by Dodgers’ ownership. Could it be that they didn’t want to take on the salary of Sabathia, Blake and Carroll? From Paul Hoynes–
When the Indians were weighing offers for CC Sabathia, the Dodgers were a key player. A deal involving Sabathia, Blake and utility infielder Jamey Carroll in exchange for a package of players that reportedly included Santana, Meloan and at least two others came close to fruition.
If this is true, it sounds like trouble in La-La land. It also is amazing to me that Shapiro was able to get the player he wanted for Blake that he was willing to take for Sabathia. It sounds to me like Mark recognized what might be happening financially over there and struck while the fire was hot. In essence, he bought Santana for $2 million dollars. It would be something if Shapiro ended up signing Blake in free agency after what has taken place this week…
The focus of the Indians shifts from getting the best deal for Casey Blake to trying to find anyone interested in Paul Byrd. Anybody at all-
Clubs that have spoken with them say they’re willing to listen to talks on anybody on the roster and are “open to anything.” But dealing Byrd, the last of their three prospective free agents, is now their main focus. While the Indians have had some clubs scout Byrd’s recent starts, they’ve had so little aggressive interest that it’s probably more unlikely that they’ll be able to trade him before the deadline.
No kidding? Nobody wants a 4-10 junk-ball pitcher with a 5.28 ERA that can’t pitch past the 6th inning? That’s amazing…What do you think Mark Shapiro…
“I don’t anticipate anything happening, but we are not closed for business,” said Shapiro.