It's official, 2009 and 2010 are over.
Perhaps a snap judgment, but that is what blogs are meant for. Right now it looks as though the team's chances for 2010 have been shot as well. This deal also begs the question: who is the Indians current ace? That answer, undoubtedly will require the answerer to redefine the meaning of "ace" to fit their agenda.
Right off the bat, I don't love this deal for the Indians. Two of the main pieces acquired are a AAA catcher and shortstop. Correct me if I'm wrong but the depth charts look pretty good for those positions.
Maybe this means that Victor Martinez is going to be dealt as well, but I would really not be happy if such a deal were to take place. Behind Vic the team has Wyatt Toregas, Carlos Santana and to a lesser extent Chris Giminez. All of a sudden it feels like we're the Pirates, dealing because we can't hang on to anyone long enough to win a damn game.
The other two acquisitions in this deal are two prized pitching prospects, which was to be expected. However, neither has had statistically great years so far. Of course, stats only can tell you so much about a player, but I don't like this: Carlos Carrasco, 69-, 5.18 ERA in 20 starts at AAA.
The other pitching prospect, 19 year old Jason Knapp has hardly any pro experience under his belt, but has gone 2-7 with a 4.9=01 ERA in 17 starts. His strikeout numbers are impressive, with 111 with only 39 walks in 85+ innings, but I still have my doubts.
I'll break this down some more in the near future. Hopefully I won't have any more prospects, via Victor trade, to discuss in that post.