The Indians, now down to 11-21 after a four-game losing streak, are about the most disappointing team, to date. But several competing executives quizzed about Indians manager Eric Wedge's status said they believe Wedge likely would survive. His relationship with GM Mark Shapiro was cited as a prime reason by several of them.
"He's always been very close to Mark. I'd be shocked (if Wedge was fired),'' one competing GM said.
This is the Indians' second straight horrendous start. Both times, a dismal bullpen has been one of the culprits (the staff's 5.86 ERA is second-worse to the Yankees, who play in the bandbox known as new Yankee Stadium). But whether Wedge should take the hit for that is highly debatable.
Last year, the Indians made a stark turnaround after trading three longtime veterans, including star pitcher CC Sabathia, and while that tradeoff can only be considered a success, especially since they received future stars Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana, they may miss the clubhouse presence of Casey Blake.
Other executives see the Indians' executive team as less likely to stubbornly stick with a losing hand and continue to suggest they can see staff ace Cliff Lee being among those to go in trade this time.