The Cleveland Indians were busy at the MLB trade deadline, not in the ways of recent vintage when the Tribe was going for it, rather, the Tribe’s brass did what they always do: Get some help now, and for the future.
I contend that this season became finding out about next year throughout the process of trying to fill the shoes of Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac (when he was still on the injured list). Gradually, it seems, Terry Francona had been leaving starters such as J.C. Mejia and Cal Quantrill in an inning too long.
That said, you don’t develop starters by taking them out after three innings. They’ve got to learn how to pitch–at least into the sixth inning. Quanrill delivered a gem against the Cardinals the other night, while Mejia couldn’t make it through five against the White Sox Friday night.
Perhaps, most importantly, the Tribe did not deal Jose Ramirez. I’m sure more rumors will pop up this offseason, but I think the Tribe will stick to its mantra of being “Overwhelmed” in any offer for J-Ram.
Here’s a look at the deals made by the Tribe and the impact they’ll have on the franchise.