The Indians don’t need to spend any money at the moment. They still have big leaguers Anibal Sanchez and Luis Severino to contend with down the road, so they’d look for other assets before flipping those first-round picks for anyone else.
How about the top players in the draft: A first-round pick. Let’s stick with the draft picks they have to be a competitive team coming out of 2011. Let’s take Andrew Miller, Luis Castillo and Michael Bourn and keep the rest for 2013 when the Indians get a chance to move on, and they have plenty of picks in 2015.
Here are the options if they move on: Kenny Petit, John Smoltz, Brandon League (if needed) and perhaps a pitcher, who would be ideal but not guaranteed.
How can they pick in a draft: They can draft their top player. And with what they have in the draft, which looks like a great package of prospects, they should take the pitcher with the next pick. They should take the same guy they have in the 2013 draft which would still leave them with the top pick and a first-round pick for ‘13. In the second tier, they can choose to stay in the 2013 draft or take a guy if they don’t like that class of guys. One major league year with one of the players they’d like to have in the next draft would make for a good team and they don’t have to overspend to get that guy who they think will give them the most impact down the road.
That would be a good draft for any team in 2010. A lot has changed since then, but that is a good draft. We will keep your eye on the 2013 draft if it picks up.