Obviously you’d know way more than me, but don’t these just seem like weird signings for the Indians? By the time the Tribe have a chance to be good in 2-3 years Bourn and Swisher will be well out of their primes. Just seem like a lot of spending for the franchie.
Yeah, kind of. A friend on Facebook asked me "What's our window of contention now?" to which I replied: "That's the other thing that's kind of worrisome still. It's definitely not now, and it also won't be in 3 years when Swisher and Bourn are both in their mid 30's because they won't have as much of an impact and we don't have any immediate impact prospects coming up. This should still help put fans in the seats though and make the Indians a team to watch for all 162 games instead of just the first 2/3rds of the season. These aren't great long-term signings though which is an interesting strategy for a team that isn't ready to immediately contend"
A lot of it, really, is what I said before and what clevelandmike touched upon. I'm just happy the team is spending money and seems to care about winning for once. Signing guys like Bourn and Swisher are not going to set the team back five years down the road when they're at the end of their contract. They're not very high-risk contracts like, say, a Josh Hamilton.
And even though they're still not WS contenders , I think they are very serious Wild Card contenders which is a lot more confidence then I had in them at the beginning of the offseason. A team's first goal should always be to get to the playoffs, which they made great strides towards this offseason. That will put fans in the seats and make them a fun team to watch again. I would much rather them do this then sit on their hands and win 60 games again. It inspires more confidence in the players that they're playing for a team that cares.
Not to mention they got GREAT value on both Bourn and Swisher who were projected to earn a lot more at the start of free agency
I disagree with the value statement especially when referring to Swisher. I feel we overpaid for him. Wait till he's exposed in our lineup, which is improved, but not quite like the Yankees lineup, to say the least. It is hard, however, to be upset about this considering its' the first time we've spent money in 5 years. I just fear we aren't spending it very wisely. STARTING PITCHING!! Nevertheless...Go Tribe!