Yesterday, the versatile Casey Blake was traded by the Indians to the Dodgers for two minor leaguers. On paper, this is a good trade for the future as the 34 year old Blake was eligible for free agency after this season. Blake, having an excellent year after a slow start, had quickly become a fan favorite since joining the Indians in 2003. Blake has always been the ultimate team player, never complaining about platooning early on and then being utilized at third base, first base, right field, designated hitter, wherever needed to benefit the team.
This trade should benefit the Indians in the future but the great news is that the trade will benefit Casey Blake now. Casey moves on to a 2008 contender in Los Angeles. The weak West Division in the National League is ripe for the taking if the Dodgers, who are 1 game out of first at 50 - 52, can get hot. With Casey Blake joining in and manager Joe Torre's experience at putting together a run for the playoffs in August and September, look for the Dodgers to make their move.
Congratulations, good luck, and thanks to Casey Blake from Indians fans everywhere. We look forward to seeing you in the post season once again. For sure Joe Torre is looking forward to having you play on his team rather than against him.