But I’m really starting to develop a deep disdain for this regime, for its idiot manager, for its reluctance to trust in its home-grown talent, for its fetishistic attachment to the dregs of free agency and to “good clubhouse guys” who are sub-standard on the field, for its tendency to make the same mistakes over, and over, and over again without learning anything from them. I’m not expecting the re-incarnation of Albert Belle or Manny Ramirez. I’m not expecting 1995 all over again. But to asking us to accept refuse like Jason Michaels as the emblematic player of this team and this organization is too much.
I don’t have a good feeling about this season. I hope I’m wrong in my foreboding. But I don’t think I am, and that’s a shame, because there are some great pieces to this club. There is the core of a champion. But this team will never get anywhere as long as it embraces and rewards the kind of mediocrity personified by Jason Michaels.
Most people here consider me a huge Indians homer, but one thing I have consistently bashed Shapiro on is his reluctance to play the kids. It always seems like a last resort thing with him, where he'd rather hold out as long as possible playing one and instead go with a retread vet. That is my one constant criticism on Shapiro, and it is one that drives me freaking mad.
I'm fine with the David Dellucci signing, he adds something this team could use in the clubhouse and in the lineup against righties....and Nixon, we'll see. I'm apathetic toward him.
But, the player they SHOULD have teamed up with Delucci/Nixon as their right-handed compliment is Ben Francisco. Dude should be the Indians 4th outfielder and not Michaels. I'd argue that Francisco can do as much and more than Micheals right now....more defense, more speed, more pop, and can't be as bad at the plate.
Right now, we have a logjam in the outfield at Buffalo and Akron. Francisco, Gutierrez, Snyder, and Choo in Buffalo, and Barton, Crowe, Van Every and Brown in Akron. The Indians may be best served in trading Michaels, as he is cheap and would be attractive to someone looking for a solid 4th outfield option where they lack alternatives in their farm system.
Michaels should not be here. We have two players in Francisco and Gutierrez who can fill his role, with Francisco the best option.