The Indians Throw in the Towel?

C.C. Sabathia

A big trade was announced yesterday that sent 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers for top prospect OF Matt LaPorta, P Zach Jackson, P Rob Bryson and a player to be named later (click on any of the three players for their numbers). Sabathia will become a free agent after this season and I think that the Yankees will make a big push for him.

This now makes the Brewers the front runner to win the NL Central title, barring any injuries to key players.

Not only have the Indians traded away their best pitcher, but they just recently designated the 2007 closer with the most saves in Joe Borowski for assignment. This move I applaud them for, Borowski always scared me as a closer! His ERA was too high and he allowed teams to get closer before shutting the door and that type of performance out of your closer is never a good sign and will eventually haunt you in the end.  

I really don’t understand why the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner doesn’t net more of a catch. I know he’s a free agent at the end of this year, but I was expecting to see at least one major leaguer in the deal going to Cleveland. LaPorta better be the next Josh Hamilton!

What are your thoughts about this deal? Who got the better deal? Was it one sided? Share with us your thoughts on the first big trade of the 2008 season!

One Comment

  1. Bryan

    July 8, 2008 at 10:21 am

    This is pretty sad. I’m not a huge Indians fan but I was rooting for them this year. They have some great young talent and play with a lot of energy. The AL Central is a tough division but they had their shot when the Tigers were down early in the year. Hopefully they can pull things together the next couple of years.

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