Let's all be honest, the Cleveland Indians season hasn't gone the way most of us had hoped or planned. But maybe, while fans don't see it now, in a few years I think this season will be deemed as more of a success than a failure. Yes Sports Illustrated picked us to win the World Series and we haven't lived up to expectations. Now there's a lot of blame to go around from the people that assembled the team, to the manager, to the players themselves. But after 2 years of above .500 baseball and a Wild Card Game appearance, now is not the time to blow things up. In fact throughout the past few weeks, I think Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona and the players have shown that they deserve another year. So let's rewind to right before the deadline to review what has happened and at the end of all of this, Indians fans trust me, this season was exactly what we needed.
Now after reviewing the deals made in the past few weeks, eliminate the fact that Cleveland has actually played better for me. The key is that the Indians have finally told the young core of Kluber, Kipnis, and Brantley that it's their team now. The veteran leaders like Bourn, Swisher, and Giambi are gone. In the players minds its time for them to put up or shut up. In a lot of ways, this is exactly what the players needed.
In hindsight if I myself had looked at the roster more closely, I wouldn't have gotten as all hyped up. I got hooked, I think we all got hooked honestly. This year proved to me that the Indians have the pitching to put themselves into contention, but they need the offense. Look at the Mets, outstanding staff, lackluster offense, then they add Yoenis and they're a major threat. I think the Indians right now are stuck where the Mets were. One of my biggest beliefs is if you have the true cleanup hitter, the rest of the batting order will fall into place. It's Chris Antonetti's job to explore every option that becomes available this offseason.