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re: MLB: ONE WEEK!
Here's the key problem for the Indians, which makes all of these splashy moves look more like superficial window-dressing than actual arduous organizational rebuilding:
2012 ERAs of Ubaldo, Masterson and Bauer*: 5.40, 4.93, and 6.06.
And that's the good part of their rotation.
They have no starting pitching, like at all. Even if Bauer were to develop into an above-average MLB starter, that is still only one guy who's remotely good in your rotation.
*Granted, as was discussed in this thread in the last few days, Bauer's ERA is based on only 16 or so innings in the Majors. But it's still not comforting in relation to the general discussion of Cleveland's pitching situation.
Then there's the point that Michael Bourn is probably going to begin declining in the next two or three seasons quite significantly (the K-rate is sort of a foreshadowing in terms of the hitting side of his game), and the move probably shuffles their outfield to the point that it forces Nick Swisher to 1B, where his value is lowered a bit, and this whole offseason seems kind of like smoke and mirrors with the silver lining that they're in a weak division.