April 23, 2014

MLB Trade Rumors: Beltran To The Tribe? Gammons Says We Tried

Before last night’s 3-2 loss to the Angels, Tribe GM Chris Antonetti discussed his constant pursuit to improve his team before the July 31st trade deadline. The one thing Antonetti wants everyone to know – the Indians have been very active in talks with several teams, despite nothing happening as of yet.

“We try to be as exhaustive and creative as possible,” Antonetti said. “It would be difficult for me to see us trading a very select few of our best young players for a player that would only be here for two months.”

I agree with that philosophy. Unless the Indians are going to get someone of major impact, like a Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, who they would have under their control for a couple more years, it makes no sense to trade their top prospects Alex White, Drew Pomeranz, Lonnie Chisenhall, or Jason Kipnis.

“Our preference would have been to do something a few weeks ago,” said Antonetti. “Again, we can’t dictate that timetable. Hopefully, over the next day or two some dominoes start to fall and that opens up the market. [Read more...]

Remembering Ryan Ludwick

Ryan LudwickNot all that long ago, we did a post on the Mets’ Ryan Church who is currently mashing with the best of them.  Not many remembered Church even being a part of the Tribe, and when you consider the .236 team batting average – tied for second-worst in all of baseball – it stings a bit to see former outfielders of ours doing so well. 

Enter Ryan Ludwick. 

Ludwick was brought to Cleveland back in 2002 in a trade for Shane Spencer.  He played for the Tribe between the years of 2003 and 2005, maxing out at 39 games played in a season.  Ludwick was granted free agency in 2005 where he had a brief stint with the Tigers.  He then floated about Triple-A, and now plays for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that he is currently hitting at a clip of .350/.427/.772 through 123 at-bats.  Yep, that’s an OPS of 1.199…

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