Of course, Jimenez may be a part of Cleveland’s past in a few days, so perhaps I ended up where I wanted to go to begin with.
Now I’m not fan of Ubaldo, and I don’t think that I ever will be. He was dominant in August and September, but I still found it hard to watch him pitch, preferring to listen to Hamilton instead. It’s a repercussion from the previous 18 months in an Indians uniform that did it, and I am nothing if not stubborn. I’m a firm believer in “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
So he’s gone, and I should be good with that…but…
…the Indians and how they spend their money always intrigues me, and this offseason has been no exception. Last season saw a new direction for the Indians, as they laid out two relatively major deals to two former all-stars to take their talents to Cleveland. Many thought it was a sign of things to come.
The loyal Indians’ followers that really paid attention realized that this wasn’t really the case.
The Indians were dealing with a money window of sorts, taking advantage of some quirks in a new system that would affect teams’ abilities to sign players thanks to money allotments in the rookie draft. The front office also realized that a new TV deal would send salaries through the roof in 2014, and needed to jump before they couldn’t afford to.
Where the rubber meets the road though is when a team legitimately thinks they can contend for a World Series. How far will they go to do it? Continue reading