Listen, I'm not going to panic because the front office wouldn't over pay a pitcher to get him to come to what must be considered a non-premium destination.
Instead, I'm going to look at track record, specifically of Derek Falvey. How was the Indians' rotation acquired?
Josh Tomlin, SP: Drafted 19th Rd ’06
Danny Salazar, SP/RP: International Free Agent (D.R.) July ’08
Carlos Carrasco, SP: July ’09 (PHI) — Acquired in the trade that sent Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies.
Corey Kluber, SP: July ’10 (SD) — Acquired in the three-team trade that sent Ryan Ludwick to the Padres and Jake Westbrook and Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals.
Trevor Bauer, SP: December ’12 (ARZ) — Acquired in the trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to the Reds and Didi Gregorius, Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to the Diamondbacks.
Mike Clevinger, SP: August ’14 (LAA) — Acquired in the trade that sent Vinnie Pestano to the Angels.
Matter of fact, if you look at their roster last year, only one player was a big-time Free Agent, that being Edwin Encarnacion, who signed just a three-year deal.In other words, the Indians' front office did not overpay for ANYBODY like we're clamoring for the Twins to do with Darvish.
So I'm going to be patient and watch what happens, and support the guys they put on the field.