The Cleveland Indians went into the trade deadline allegedly looking for a right-handed bat and some starting pitching. Instead, they left with two prospects—having traded away two former All-Stars—who were immediately sent to Triple-A Columbus. Remember all of that “Unfinished Business” stuff? Well, for all of their efforts (or lack thereof) Chris Antonetti’s squad took the biggest hit in baseball when it comes to the odds of October baseball in 2014.
Biggest Losses in Wild Card Odds
Cleveland Indians: -5.4%
Atlanta Braves: -5.0%
Tampa Bay Rays: -2.4%
Los Angeles Angels: -2.2%
Toronto Blue Jays: -1.7%
The Indians lost and traded away Asdrubal Cabrera, who might not be great but is definitely better than Mike Aviles. They’re punting their season, essentially, not wanting to give up the chance to land some potentially useful assets for a chance to play the Angels or A’s on the road even if they win the second wild card.
If the Wild Card wasn’t enough, the Indians were among the big losers in division odds (which weren’t that great to begin with), and the second worst in championship odds, just a hair behind the Washington Nationals. It should be noted that, from a cost-value standpoint, the trading of Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson for various pieces have been thought of highly from many around baseball. This said, said deals will not help the Indians win baseball games in the immediate future. Conversely, the Detroit Tigers saw their championship odds jump 2 percent—the highest in baseball—thanks to their acquisition of Cy Young winner David Price coupled with the inaction of those around them. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that the Oakland Athletics still have the best odds overall of winning the World Series, now standing at 4/1 while the Tigers (and Los Angeles Dodgers) are at 5/1.
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