Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 10/23/14
I was looking at an early March IBI Power Poll addressing best offseason addition, a tremendous piece as usual, and after realizing the culture shock we all experienced at the variety of quality additions I seemed to settle on the Choo-Bauer deal. Of course I decided upon the distinction in my mind between player acquisition and leadership acquisition. One can’t deny that Terry Francona has and will continue to have the largest effect on the overall talent on the Indians roster over his tenure in Cleveland. Returning to the Choo deal, almost any talent evaluator would say that the one year of Choo for five years of Bauer as well as the transaction of any other negligible talent not including Stubbs was already a tremendous win for the Indians. The night of the deal I was elated about the acquisition of an elite pitching prospect with a seemingly unlimited ceiling but not knowing what to think about Stubbs. Upon looking into the two players, one thing struck me as being somewhat simi...
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