Some things just don’t mix well, and that’s been the case when it comes to the Cleveland Indians and minor league signings these past few years.
Regardless of circumstances, it seems like the Indians always find themselves doing some heavy bargain shopping in the months that precede the start of Spring Training.
At times, these minor moves have paid off.
For reference, look no further than Casey Blake, who signed a minor league deal in 2003 and had a strong Indians career before ultimately being traded to acquire prospect and current Indians catcher Carlos Santana in 2008. That, my friends, is what we call value.
Yet, more often than not, it seems as if these minor moves have the opposite effect.
Felix Pie? Chris Seddon? Dan Wheeler? Any of those names ring a bell?
This past offseason, the Indians seemed to go about their minor league signings with a bit of a different approach as they targeted players who at least had a track record of success, even if they were coming off...