In a recent piece about the Indians having a winning record despite a negative run differential, General Manager Chris Antonetti had this to say about the Indians-
“Over all, we’re pleased that we’re still in the race despite clearly not playing our best baseball. We still feel like the roster we have has a lot of upside to it and hasn’t played to our potential.”
When asked about ‘missing out’ on Kevin Youkilis, Antonetti said-
“No one guy externally, no matter who we bring in, will solve our issues. The guys that are here need to play to their potential.”
Hard to argue that players like Santana and Jimenez need to be more consistent if the Indians are going to be players for a championship. It seems though that the black holes on the team (left field, right handed hitters) are areas that Antonetti has to be responsible for at some point.
[Related: Memo to Chris Antonetti, go get Carlos Lee]