Stop Calling the Dolans “Cheap”
There are not many relief pitchers who get paid $9 million per year. There are even less of such pitchers on teams in small markets. Andrew Miller is an exception.
In the waning moments of the trade deadline last season, it seemed that the Indians were going to keep to themselves even though they were in prime position to win the AL Central and head to October. Then, everything changed.
News broke that the Indians had traded a package of prospects – including top prospect Clint Frazier – to the New York Yankees for the 6-foot-7 Miller. The news came as a shock because it had been so long since the Indians have pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that involved the centerpiece coming to Cleveland, not leaving.
As mentioned before, the Indians signed one of the top free agents in this year’s pool to a three-year contract, that being Encarnacion. The veteran slugger’s three-year, $60 million deal is the largest in franchise history.
The Indians’ payroll, which usually sits way south of $100 million, projects to be north of $120 million in 2017.
Since August and the Miller trade, the Dolans have proven that they believe in this team and feel that they can win a World Series. They have also showed that they are not afraid to take on a larger payroll than normal to get the job done.
They cannot be called cheap anymore.