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Cleveland Indians Receive Brent Lillibridge in Trade with Boston Red Sox: A Fan’s Reaction

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On Tuesday, July 24 the Cleveland Indians announced acquiring utility player Brent Lillibridge from the Boston Red Sox for minor league pitcher Jose De La Torre. The move marks the second trade this season involving Lillibridge, the first coming when the Chicago White Sox included Lillibridge in a deal with Boston which landed Chicago third baseman Kevin Youkilis. So far in 2012 Brent Lillibridge, a career .212 hitter, has batted .165 with exactly one double and two RBIs over 59 games.

Yeah, talk about numbers not likely to impress anyone. Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta explained to the media Brent Lillibridge's appeal to the Tribe, pinpointing the utility player's vast versatility. "He can play the outfield. He can play the infield. He can run. It's a guy that we'll welcome here."

Well my fellow Clevelanders, I'm already laughing imagining all the future Brent Lillibridge bickering. Lillibridge takes reserve outfielder Aaron Cunningham's spot on the 25-man roster. The Tribe designated Cunningham for assignment Wednesday, July 25. I believe the minds behind the Indians fan blog didthetribewinlastnight.com summed up the two roster changes best when they tweeted "Brent Lillibridge probably has no idea he is filling the shoes of the #Indians #1 whipping boy on twitter. Best of luck."

Given Lillibridge possesses worse stats than Cunningham the team's new utility player should easily garner Clevelanders' dire. This season Aaron Cunningham produced four doubles, one home run, and seven RBIs while batting .175. Cunningham even holds a higher career batting average at .219.

Basically Lillibridge's ability to play both the infield and outfield offers the only support to call him an upgrade. In other words, the Brent Lillibridge acquisition proves rather insignificant. If Lillibridge somehow ends up reading my article here, please know I'm not trying to offend. I'm just sharing my honest reaction to the trade.

Other fans might want to compare the trade to those divisional rivals Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox already completed but in the interest of fairness I'll refrain. After all, no one from the Indians organization has proclaimed, "It's go time. We are making our run because we now have Brent Lillibridge." Bottom line, let us undergo the responsible route and keep the Brent Lillibridge acquisition in perspective.

Zachary Fenell fell in love with the Cleveland Indians during the 1995 season when the Tribe powered their way to the organization's first World Series appearance since 1954. While the Indians lost some allure since the 1990s you will still find Zachary watching the games on TV, listening to them on the radio, or best yet taking in a game from the stands at Progressive Field.

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