Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – While Indians fans have spent the last 24 mostly bashing the Wahoo’s for the lack of any major moves at the trade deadline, general manager Chris Antonetti has been the front line of answering questions about the lack of moves.
Antonetti spent over 20 minutes today talking to the audience of “Bull and Fox” on 92.3 The Fan about the lack of moves, looking ahead, as well as if he’s worried about his future.
The GM stayed the course with what he told the media yesterday after the trade deadline, and that is he would have liked to have done something to get the team closer to the goal of reaching the playoffs in 2012.
“I think in the end we would have preferred to do a little bit more than we were able to do,” Antonetti said. “In the end we had to make the decision of making the wrong deals or not making any deals, and we preferred not to make deals.”
A number of players did get moved before the deadline, with the White Sox and Tigers getting players from lesser teams. The Rangers also made a big move, picking up pitcher Ryan Dempster.
Antonetti said that while the Indians weren’t able to get something done, it wasn’t from a lack of trying, and in the end, the price was just too much to make a move.
“There was not a player that was traded that we didn’t try or engage that team on to try and determine if we aligned on value,” Antonetti said. “We explored every avenue to improve our team, and in the end we determined the acquisition cost was just too steep.”
As for the fans, they have not been too kind to the GM and front office after the team failed to address their issues. When asked if he was aware of the anger of the fans, the GM said he knew all too well how they feel.
“I understand their frustrations, and we had to make the determination if there was a chance to make a deal this year,” Antonetti said. “What it would have taken to acquire the one or two guys the price was too steep for us.”
So now the Indians have to turn the book, and in their first game after the deadline they saw Derek Lowe once again get slammed as the Tribe lost to KC 8-3 Tuesday night.
The team has already called up pitcher Corey Kluber to start on Thursday, while putting Josh Tomlin, another struggling pitcher, into the pen. Tomlin threw on Tuesday night in relief of Lowe.
Antonetti addressed the call-up of Kluber, and says that the team will have more triple-A call-ups to try and get the team to be better and back to contending for the last 59 games.
“I think that will be the first of potentially a series of moves to try and focus on some internal improvements,” Antonetti said.
As for the future of the Indians with Antonetti, “Bull” asked the hard hitting question if he as the GM of the Indians feels any pressure about his job.
In other words – are worried about your future as the GM?
“I don’t spend anytime at all thinking about that,” Antonetti said. “Everyday I think to how we can improve and how I can do my job to the best of my ability and it’s only productive for me to focus on that.”
The Indians as they are constructed right now don’t appear to be anywhere near ready to win a title. Antonetti says when it comes to who the blame is one – all he has to do it look in the mirror.
“I’m the GM I’m responsible for putting the team together,” Antonetti said.
Right now, it’s a tough place to be with a team that is 6 games out of first and fading fast.