Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti knows it is going to take more than a new manager (Terry Francona) and a few added players to get Indians fans fired up.
If nothing else, though, the franchise is taking the proper steps.
“We still have work to do,” Antonetti said Wednesday, less than 24 hours after completing a three-team trade that involved nine players.
Antonetti acknowledged the addition of outfielder Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati and three pitchers, including promising Trevor Bauer, from Arizona doesn’t quite get the fans’ pulse beating. But the Indians are getting there.
“This is another step forward in our off-season,” said Antonetti, who is vowing to try and complete more moves to enhance what he hopes will be a quick makeover for a team that lost 94 games in 2012.
METS: David Wright will have to wait until 2025 to receive all the money from his $138 million, eight-year contract with New York.
The deal includes $15.5 million in salary that is being deferred without interest. The money is to be paid in equal installments of $3.1 million each June 30 from 2021-25.
Wright’s previous contract called for him to make $16 million next season, and the All-Star third baseman’s 2013 salary was reduced to $11 million, of which $3 million will be deferred. That means the Mets will have an $8 million cash savings next year.
DODGERS: Acquired infielder-outfielder Skip Schumaker from St. Louis for minor league infielder Jake Lemmerman.
RANGERS: Acquired catcher Eli Whiteside on a waiver claim from Toronto.
Texas, which lost All-Star catcher Mike Napoli in free agency, also re-signed infielder-outfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract.