As the MLB trade deadline approaches today at 4 PM, the Cleveland Indians sit in a strange place. They won’t be buying, could be selling, but most likely will be standing pat. They have been put in this position by their failures to add an impact guy or two this past offseason, on top of some underwhelming seasons from a few of their key guys.
During the winter, the Indians searched high and low for bats. They shot for the moon and the looked at the bottom of the barrel. In the end, the names bandied about never came to fruition and the Tribe ended up with Casey Kotchman for $3 million to play first base while counting on a healthy Grady Sizemore to come back strong for one more year in the sun.
Ah, the best laid plans of Chris Antonetti.
We all know what happened. Kotchman has been as advertised as an absolute wizard with the glove, but his bat has left something to be desired. He was coming off of his best year with the bat (.306/.378/.800) and the Indians hoped for a repeat. The thing of it is, if left field and third base weren’t such a mess and Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana had played up to their potential this season, nobody would care about Kotchman’s lack of offense. [Read more...]