The Cleveland Indians‘ 2008 season is not going so well. The Indians are 45-58 after 103 games, and are currently in last place in the AL Central. After unloading ace CC Sabathia, the Tribe opted to continue dealing players. Third baseman Casey Blake was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor-league catcher Carlos Santana (no relation) and RHP Jon Meloan. Santana has a .323 average with 14 homers in single-A ball. Meloan is 5-10 with a 4.07 ERA at AAA with the Las Vegas 51’s, but has an impressive career K per 9 of 11.5.
Blake hit a paltry .234 in the first two months of the season, but exploded since then, hitting .352 with 29 RBI since the end of May.
“Casey Blake is a gamer,” said Dodgers GM Ned Colletti “His experience and character will be a plus as we head down the stretch in the final two months of the regular season.”
The trade leaves few veteran players left on the rebuilding Indians team.