Harden could be the big prize
June, 15, 2008
Rich Harden Indians general manager Mark Shapiro is doing the right thing, collecting due diligence should he decide that trading C.C. Sabathia will bring him more than two draft choices. Cleveland is in the process of thoroughly scouting eight organizations, from the Yankees to the Red Sox to the Cubs to the Dodgers. Without Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner, Jake Westbrook, Adam Miller and a defined bullpen, it may be impossible for the Indians to seriously challenge in the American League Central. Shapiro has made it clear to other general managers that he is prepared to move sooner rather than later, which increases the value of Sabathia (who has a 2.21 ERA over his past eight starts) because if another team acts quickly, it could have the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner for an additional 4-6 starts.