The biggest question here is if the Indians well scratch their way back into contention. I lean toward no. Travis Hafner is on the disabled list and hasn’t been very good for about the last year and a half anyway and, in general, the Indians have the look of a mediocre ball club.
That’s kind of a theme in the Central, though, so who’s to say they can’t put something together behind Sabathia and Fausto Carmona to make a run back to the top? It’s an interesting dilemma for general manger Mark Shapiro.
Also there’s this: The Tribe has been made up of this basic roster for a few years now, and has never done anything too special despite all the promise on the roster. It might just be time to shake things up.
So, Sabathia’s contract is up after this year, it would make sense to deal your most marketable asset and replenish the farm system with top-flight talent.
You can believe the usual suspects would be lining up: Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and anyone else in contention.
But think about the Cubs for a second. Right now they’re the best team in the league without a legitimate No. 2 starter. Ryan Dempster has been great, to be sure, but they could use another stud behind Carlos Zambrano.
Also, as long as they’re playing this well, the pressure will continue to build on Jim Hendry to make sure this is indeed the year. If he believes this is their best opportunity there’s no reason to believe he won’t unload the farm system to try and make it happen. Guys like Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Colvin and any other big-time prospect will be in play.
I’m not saying it’s going to happen. I’m just saying.