As we saw throughout the year, this was not one of Cleveland’s best MLB seasons. The Indians finished the season one game over .500 and missed the playoffs by a fraction. There we’re some high points, however, from some of our key players. We added a few components, and released a few to their new endeavors.
First were the trades. About halfway through the season, the Indians traded Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the Atlanta Braves. Yes, I know you may be thinking “Didn’t we get Bourn from the Braves originally?” The Answer is yes. We did receive “Bourny” from the Braves a few seasons back, but the time has come for him to return home. Nick Swisher, the biggest acquisition the Indians made in the last few years, along with Manager Terry Francona, has had a few career stalling injuries last season and into this one. He spent quite a lot of time in the Minor Leagues, playing several games with the Lake County Captains, Cleveland’s Single A farm team. The nickname “The highest paid Cheerleader”, and “Highest paid Minor Leaguer” began to surface.
Chris Antonetti decided it was time to part ways with the Salary consumers, and sent them to Atlanta. We received 3B/1B Chris Johnson in return. Around the same time, we traded RF Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals, in exchange for some Minor League talent.
Amidst all the disparity and negativity, shined two bright young stars, Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela. After breaking into the Majors scene, these two became fan favorites. Francisco Lindor was even named MLB’s Rookie of the Month for September. Once the final trades were made, the bats came alive, and the team played better. See the graphic for some Home Run Statistics.
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