TD and I have argued about Casey Blake in the past. TD’s vitriol for Blake is legendary at this point. Funny enough, I always loved him for the exact reasons that TD hated him. While TD used Blake as a scapegoat for everything wrong with the Indians’ organization, I didn’t blame Blake. Instead, I jokingly over-praised Casey Blake for being a backup who was willing to play everywhere and anywhere the Tribe needed him. To me, he was a guy that made the absolute most of his given abilities. It wasn’t always the greatest thing to watch, and he had some bad moments on the field, but I could never put the sins of the Dolans and Mark Shipiro on Casey Blake. All he ever did was what he was asked to do, and mostly did it better than the other available options. Now that Blake is gone, I have another reason to love him. As we get further and further into this Indians team, the more and more it looks like the Casey Blake trade could yield more results than the trades of two Cy Young winners. [Read more...]
Now that we’ve finished up the series with the Twins, and the whole Casey Blake trade has started to sink in, I thought it would be best to give the WFNY readers some info on the two players we received in return for Casey: Carlos Santana and Jon Meloan.
With All-Everything catcher Russell Martin playing in L.A. for the foreseeable future, trading a catching prospect to the Indians was a lot easier for the Dodgers to do than most other teams. After the Tribe dealt Max Ramirez for a couple of months of a 40-plus Kenny Lofton, we desperately needed to bolster the farm system behind the plate.
With Meloan having less-than stellar numbers this season, perhaps the LA Blue thought that his once-heralded arm was done? [Read more...]
ESPN is confirming that Casey Blake has been traded to the Dodgers, with cash, in exchange for two minor leaguers-
The Indians received minor league catcher Carlos Santana and right-handed pitcher Jon Meloan. Santana is hitting .323, with 14 homers, for Inland Empire, in the Class A California League. The hard-throwing Meloan is 5-10, with a 4.97 ERA, at Triple-A Las Vegas — but has piled up 335 strikeouts in only 262 innings in his minor league career.
The centerpiece of this deal should should be Santana. Meloan is at AAA, and may even get a look on the big club, but the Indians needed a top catching prospect. The Indians would like for Martinez to eventually make the transition to first base, and as witnessed by the Sal Fasano signing, the cupboard is rather bare at catcher. [Read more...]