Chris Antonetti has been pretty busy this off-season and frankly? The Cleveland Indians needed him to be if they want to get back to where they were in years past. They went out and hired Terry Francona, a guy I happen to love as a field general. They signed slugging outfielder Nick Swisher to a big four-year, $50+ million deal. They traded Shin Soo Choo and got Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, and on a smaller level signed Brett Myers. This organization is in need of a major overhaul and Antonetti is doing just that.
The problem he’s going to face? If the Indians don’t win or aren’t competitive this year, Antonetti could find all his hard work to go by the wayside and him on the outside looking in. He’s put himself in front of the massive train coming this year in the AL and for that? I give him credit. He’s doing his best to win now, while adding young talent, when frankly? It might not matter because the AL is going to be darn good this year.
For that reason, I think Antonetti is going to find himself fired unfortunately. There’s too much of an uphill battle and I’m not sure Swisher can carry an offense. I give him credit for trying, but Swisher played in a bandbox stadium with a lineup of thunder around him. Bauer is a young kid and he’s not ready for the big leagues just yet. Stubbs has never played the way he’s capable of playing, and I just don’t see him turning the switch on in 2013.
It’s unfortunate, but again, I give Antonetti all the credit in the world. It’s a tough franchise right now, and he’s doing all he can to fix the problems. We’ll see what happens, and for his sake, I hope I’m 100% wrong.