Everyday, I will asess every major deal done before the Trade Deadline. I start with the Brewers-Indians trade
- C.C. Sabathia/LHP
Cleveland Indians get:
This truly is a hard trade to asess. At first, I thought, if the Brewers don't make the World Series and they cannot re-sign him, they will have lost a great prospect in LaPorta and one average pitching prospect in Bryson, but LaPorta was blocked by many obsticals. Ryan Braun has made leftfield his home in Milwaukee, and the Crew already have a top notch third base prospect named Mat Gamel. Rightfield as well is blocked off but by Corey Hart. The only other option would be firstbase, where a mammoth lies in Prince Fielder. LaPorta is pretty much blocked off in the Brewers organization. Also in the trade was lefty reliever Zach Jackson, who has posted a 1.08 ERA since joining Cleveland's AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons. The other prospect acquired by the Indians was Rob Bryson, who has posted a solid 2.38 ERA since being with Cleveland's Single-A team, the Lake Couty Captains. However, before the Sabathia acquisition, I didn't believe the Brewers could make the playoffs. Thats what puts the Brewers as my winners in this trade. They got last years AL Cy Young award for a Top notch prospect, a career AAAA pitcher and an average pitching prospect. pretty good if you ask me.