You didn’t know either? Well it’s completely obvious now. I guess, as they say, the gig is up. I just wish someone would’ve clued me in on this earlier. If they had, I wouldn’t have spent my last hour at work yesterday wondering why the Indians basically gave away Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to Phillies.
Now, if you’re a regular reader, you know I’m not a true baseball purist. So I have no problem in admitting that I don’t have any knowledge about Francisco nor the guys the Indians got in return (Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson). But what I do have is an inordinate amount of common sense (if there is such a thing). And without knowledge about any other player other than Lee, I can confidently say, something just aint right with this deal.
Just a couple of days ago, the Phillies were targeting Roy Halladay, but the Blue Jays’ asking price was too rich for the Phillies’ blood. The Phils just couldn’t part with both J.A. Happ and Kyle Drabek. The third player, Dominic Brown, was fair game.
Fast forward to yesterday. The Indians armed with all this knowledge, somehow ended up not getting any of the aforementioned players from the Phils. How does that happen? I know there isn’t always a consensus on prospects, but from everything that has played out this week, these three were certainly the cream of the crop. Or at least part of it.
So like I said earlier, I don’t know much about any of these prospects, but common sense tells me the Indians should’ve gotten some combination of the three players that the Jays were asking for. Instead, the Indians don’t get any of them. But it’s not a problem when you’re playing for the same team.