Shapiro sounds off on trade

Wickman’s departure pretty much signals the end of a dismal season for the Tribe as they start building for the future…again. According to Shapiro, additional trades are possible with the Indians so far back in the standings.

“Most likely this will be the trade of the biggest magnitude,” said Shapiro, “but when you talk to this many teams, the possibility of a bigger deal is not out of the question.”

Next on my list to see go would have to be Aaron Boone, no question.

As far as the player they received in return, Max Ramirez won’t be of help for the Indians for a couple of years. Ramirez’s stats and why Shapiro chose him:

The right handed-hitting Ramirez is a 21-year-old converted third baseman still in the low minor leagues. Last year at rookie-level Danville, he was named the co-Player of the Year in the Appalachian League after hitting .347 with eight home runs and 47 RBI. He was named the fifth-best prospect in that league by Baseball America. This year, in 267 at-bats at Rome in the South Atlantic League, Ramirez is hitting .285 with nine home runs and 37 RBI.

“We like this kid,” said Shapiro. “He’s very athletic and has been successful everywhere he’s played. Although he’s a converted third baseman, he threw out 38 percent of attempted base stealers last year.”

Shapiro said the Indians and Braves discussed a variety of players the Tribe might get in return for Wickman, including some Class AAA and Class AA players.

“We took the player we wanted, and sometimes to get a player with a high ceiling, you have to go down to a lower level,” said Shapiro. “This kid is still young, far away from the big leagues, with a lot of work ahead of him. But he’s got the tools and the bat to be a very good major-league prospect.”

The Indians seem to be very fond of drafting or trading for converted catchers. With so many former catchers on the coaching staff, you would hope they would be able to teach the art of throwing out a baserunner.

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