Reader Murray points us to another example of a team whose roster has been raided as a result of losing: the Cleveland Indians.
Here is their lineup in Game 1 of the 2007 ALCS vs. the Boston Red Sox
Here is their lineup last night vs. the L.A. Angels
Also consider the starting rotations for the Indians in ’07 and today, after the Indians traded away Cliff Lee:
2007- C.C. Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, Paul Byrd, Jeff Westbrook, Cliff Lee
2009: Carl Pavano, David Huff, Fausto Carmona, Jeremy Sowers, Aaron Laffey
There is also still talk that Victor Martinez may be traded before tomorrow’s deadline. What is so shocking about the demise of the Indians, as opposed to that of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is that two years ago, the Indians looked like a team that could compete for the A.L. Pennant for the next 5-10 years. Now, they look like the Kansas City Royals.
It is pretty remarkable how quickly things changed, so much so that GM Mark Shapiro essentially decided to blow up the team and start over. This must be very disheartening for Cleveland fans, who have to root for the Browns and also watched the Cavs choke in this year’s playoffs.