Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/18/13
The Cleveland Indians appeared to be resigned to the fact that another rebuilding process was on the horizon, having to unload their two All-Stars — shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and closer Chris Perez — for MLB-ready prospects. Conversely, the team held on to both players while making a slew of free agent additions, and now sit with one of the more intriguing lineups in the American League. Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that this — the $100+ million in free agent signings — was set in motion once the Arizona Diamondbacks were willing to trade prospect pitcher Trevor Bauer without the Indians having to include Cabrera in the deal. “Many fans think the team’s change of direction began with the hiring of veteran manager Terry Francona,” Pluto writes. “That certainly signaled a new way of doing business. But what really energized the Tribe was trading Shin-Soo Choo to acquire Drew Stubbs and pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. “The Tribe thought they’d have to include Asdrubal Cabrera in that deal, because they desperately wanted Bauer. When Choo (heading to free agency in 2014) helped them come up with Bauer, they wondered if they could retool rather than start a major reconstruction job.” The $240 million sale of SportsTime Ohio to FOX Sports helped. The addition of Francona undoubtedly added some cache to a team in dire need of such. But the Indians, once they were able to flip one more year of Shin-Soo Choo for a starting outfielder and a 22-year-old, bat-missing prospect, the wheels began to turn. Pluto acknowledges that the Indians’ rotation is still a question mark, but the front office was able to address issues in the outfield, first base and designated hitter without breaking apart the strength of the roster — the bullpen — or moving Cabrera for less than desired. [Related: Michael Bourn says hello to Cleveland in introductory presser]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Errol Spence is the real deal, takes down Kell Brook

Indians reveal Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field

Report: Jerry West considered rejoining the Lakers before they hired Magic Johnson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

The NHL is thinking about hosting an outdoor game in Nashville

Michael Vick in talks to retire with Falcons

Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning passes away at 85

Roger Goodell to speak at Rams event, tickets start at $550

Ohio State hails itself as the ‘fastest team in college football’

Get a look at Shia LeBeouf as John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe movie trailer

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker