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  1. And only have about $27.5 million under contract for next season before arb raises with only Choo seeing a significant bump in the arbitration process.

    They’re probably going nowhere in 2011 but a smart off-season and some level of development from the garbage truck full of prospects seeing time (especially in the rotation) in the next two months could allow the Indians to MAYBE sniff .500.

    And what if they didn’t have the albatross-style contract of one Travis Hafner at $13 million? It’s not unreasonable to think that they could have been major players this off-season.

    Of course, it IS Cleveland, a city I kinda love (Lola, the Browns and the people), but there is some flexibility here and very well could be a situation to (in the least) watch.

    Comment by Christo P. Ney — August 2, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  2. The blog post correctly mentions the opportunity gains made by clearing out the major league dead weight given that the Indians have young talent with some upside ready to develop in the majors.

    However, I wonder if there is an opportunity cost by trading for prospects who aren’t really top prospects. Who won’t be getting playing time because of the lesser lights that the Indians just acquired? Or is this inquiry silly because any farm system has a lot of playing time to pass around so there is very little opportunity cost to acquiring some C-level prospects?

    Comment by Detroit Michael — August 2, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

  3. The Indians are clearly trying to boulster there farm system. However, how do they expect fans to understand that. Every time a big free agent like Manny Ramirez is up, they can’t sign them. Even with the decent run they had in the 90’s with a few playoff teams, they have never made that necessary push to get big free agents, or acquire someone via the trade deadline.

    I understand they are a small market team. However, they need to do something different!

    Comment by Dentist NY — August 3, 2010 @ 10:24 am

  4. The Indians need to to step it up and get a Free agent!

    Comment by degree — August 16, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

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