- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
Of all the scenarios that Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro envisioned in spring training, falling 20 games out of first place in the American League Central by mid-July wasn't prominent on the list.
Yet here it is, about a week before the non-waiver deadline, and Shapiro leads Kansas City's Dayton Moore and Pittsburgh's Dave Littlefield 2-0 in white-flag deals. He sent Eduardo Perez to Seattle for minor league infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and helped Atlanta plug its closer hole by sending Bob Wickman to the Braves for a minor league catcher.
The Red Sox have Manny Ramirez. The Indians have former Braves prospect Max Ramirez, and an unwelcome wait-until-next-year mentality.
This season has been a huge disappointment for the Indians, and they're still trying to figure out why.