Best Deal #4 – 2008: Casey Blake for Carlos Santana (and Jon Meloan)
Blake was a good Indian, the original 4C guy. But he was due to become a free agent at the end of the year. On July 26, 2008 the Indians sent him to the Dodgers.
Meloan had a good fastball, but never did much in Cleveland. Santana broke into the majors in 2010. In seven years he hit 174 home runs and recorded an .806 OPS. He was a middle of the lineup hitter in the 2016 and 2017 playoffs.
The 2008 Dodgers won the division and the ALDS against the Cubs. Blake was a solid contributor. Not worth Santana though.
Best Deal #3 – Corey Kluber for Jake Westbrook
Jake Westbrook was a pretty solid starter for nine seasons (69-69, 4.29 ERA) in Cleveland.
Corey Kluber has won two Cy Young awards. And he has led the Indians to back to back post-seasons.
Case closed. Almost.
Lofton was a member of the 1995 World Series Indians.
Taubensee was an April 1991 waiver claim.
Eddie Taubensee. The gift that keeps on giving.