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Gabbing w/ Gamble: Do you feel bad for Cleveland?

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In the wake of yet another star player traded

American League Wild Card Game 1: New York Yankees v. Cleveland Indians Photo by Joe Sargent/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Hello and welcome to your weekly Twinkie Town discussion post. For anyone who hasn’t yet heard, some division-shaking news hit the presses yesterday: Francisco Lindor (and Carlos Carrasco) has been traded to the New York Mets. And judging from the return Cleveland got, it may finally be time to eulogize this iteration of the team as a playoff contender.

While you can get all the analysis on the actual trade that you need from our friends over at Let’s Go Tribe, here’s the question I have for you today: Do you feel bad for Cleveland?

Cleveland has been good more often than not over the lifespan of the AL Central. They’ve won 10 out of a possible 26 Central titles, which is more than any of the other teams (the Twins have 8 titles). Their farm system churns out Cy Young pitchers and All-Star hitters like few other teams have been able to.

So, why should anybody feel bad for Cleveland? The ownership.

Despite the team’s consistent success, they are suffering from the longest World Series title drought in the league. They’ve come excruciatingly close, just to fall short. Perhaps they have been one splashy free agent signing or one superstar extension away from getting over the hump. However, owner Paul Dolan has consistently ordered management to trade away superstar players due to budget concerns. A young Cleveland team lost the World Series in 7 close games in 2016, and looked to be primed for a long and prosperous title window. However, rather than keep a young and promising core together, Cleveland has traded away star players Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco, and Francisco Lindor in an effort to slash payroll. They now have the lowest projected payroll of any team in the majors for 2021, at $40 million. This is just $4 million more than Mike Trout makes, alone, per year. It’s an embarrassment in every sense of the word.

So, do I feel bad for Cleveland? Yes and no. I won’t miss Lindor mashing clutch hits off of us, but the fans don’t deserve this. No fans deserve their team flat out choosing losing over having a great team. And while I’d wish that upon Chicago fans, they might be the only exception.

Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Do you feel bad for Cleveland? Or will you laugh at their demise? Let us know in the comments!