Look, the Indians are going to have to sign one or more FAs this off-season. There are just no sure thing righthanded bats in the minors and since the Indians continue to refuse to give marginal prospects Jerad Head and Jared Goedert a shot. we will never know if they can do anything.
So we have to sign a big righthanded bat this offseason.
Shapiro has, in his infamous Dellucci and Oldberto signings, showed us that he is not afraid to give up draft picks if he thinks (rightly or wrongly) that a move will put the Indians over the top. Besides the thought of a redux of that debacle scaring me to death, it does remind me that we kept our first round pick that year because our record from 2006 was just bad enough that we fit right in the bottom half of teams in the majors.
To add to the drama, MLB will put in mandatory draft bonus slotting next year meaning that there will be little or no likelihood that we can pick up a stud prospect later in the draft to make up for losing draft picks.
So, why am I worrying about this now? Because the Indians are teetering on finishing high enough in the standings that they could actually lose their FIRST round pick if they sign a Type A free agent this winter. Here is the current draft order with 2011 records. As you can see below, the White Sox and Reds are very close to us but right now we have the 17th worst record. We need to finish below the White Sox and Reds. We need to have the 15th worst record or worse next year. Go Tribe! It's a worthy goal in a lost season.
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