How were this year’s Indians built? Thanks to general-manager-turned-president Mark Shapiro, it certainly wasn’t through the draft, which is the usual way that successful “mid-market” teams build a roster. Shapiro, who has presided over the Indians’ amateur baseball draft since 2001, did not have one player that he drafted in Friday’s Opening Day starting lineup.
Among those starters and key members of the pitching staff, only the fourth man in the rotation, Josh Tomlin, was drafted by Shapiro. Here’s how the Tribe obtained its key players:
Michael Brantley, CF - came to Indians in trade for C.C. Sabathia, 2008Asdrubal Cabrera, SS - came to Indians in trade for Eduardo Perez, 2006Shin-Soo Choo, RF - came to Indians in trade for Ben Broussard, 2006Carlos Santana, C - came to Indians in trade for Casey Blake, 2008Travis Hafner, DH - came to Indians in trade for Einar Diaz and Ryan Drese, 2002Orlando Cabrera, 2B - signed as free agent, 2011Travis Buck, LF - signed as free agent, 2010Matt LaPorta, 1B - came to Indians in trade for C.C. Sabathia, 2008Jack Hannahan, 3B - signed as free agent, 2010Fausto Carmona, SP - signed as free agent, 2000Carlos Carrasco, SP - came to Indians in trade for Clff Lee and Ben Francisco, 2009Justin Masterson, SP - came to Indians in trade for Victor Martinez, 2009Josh Tomlin, SP - drafted by Indians, 2006Mitch Talbot, SP - came to Indians in trade for Kelly Shoppach, 2009Chris Perez, RP - came to Indians in trade for Mark DeRosa, 2009
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