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One of the biggest questions of the baseball offseason was answered on Friday when Shohei Ohtani announced that he was joining the Los Angeles Angels after five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan.
A bigger question, with far more long reaching consequences, was answered in the overnight hours Friday night when the New York Yankees snuck in and completed a deal with the Miami Marlins to bring National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Big Apple.
The moves had both put the free agent market into a standstill, as contenders for the pair of top players made their pitches to the duo. Now, the hot stove should heat up.
But what effect will the moves, in particular the Stanton addition by the Yankees, have on the Indians?
I generally try not to reveal my age to others in any facet of my life, but in composing the following, I had to tip my hand a bit.
This week marks 28 years (!) since the Cleveland Indians dealt fan favorite Joe Carter to the San Diego Padres for two prospects and a bit of a veteran journeyman. It would be the start of great things for the Indians organization – something seldom experienced when a perennial basement-dwelling team trades away its most productive player – but it reshaped my understanding of the game of baseball and made a decade of losing worth it during the glory years of the ’90’s.
Last Friday, the Cleveland Indians and reliever Dan Otero came to terms on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
On Tuesday, the Indians did the deal one better, with an option for more, as the club extended the 32-year-old right-hander on a two-year contract with a team option for the 2020 season. The contract buys out the last two of Otero’s arbitration years (for the 2018 and 2019 seasons) and secures an unheralded piece of the Indians’ successful bullpens over the last two seasons.
Unwilling to go to four years on a contract with their former first baseman Pete O’Brien, Cleveland adds a veteran bat to the lineup with the signing of free agent first baseman Keith Hernandez to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
But eight months later, apparently Lane had grown tired of steak.
The Cleveland Indians, fresh off of a disappointing sixth place 73-89 finish, trade their best offensive weapon, Joe Carter, to the San Diego Padres for Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga, and Chris James, beginning what would become the best sustained run in the history of the franchise.