All baseball fans have to do to realize how much the Indians have changed since the club was one win away from going to the World Series in 2007 is take a look at the current 40-man roster.
Gone are pitchers C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee, both Cy Young award winners. Traded in the middle of last season was All-Star catcher Victor Martinez.
There's also Rafael Betancourt, Paul Byrd, Casey Blake, Ben Francisco, Ryan Garko and more. The list goes on and on and on.
One of the few men left standing from the successful '07 squad is centerfielder Grady Sizemore, who is coming off an injury-plagued '09 season in which he posted the worst statistics of his five years at the major league level.
When he met with the media Thursday at Progressive Field, Sizemore was asked how secure he felt his future with the Indians is with so many of the team's "core" players gone.
"I definetely feel like I've been left behind," Sizemore said. "Some of the close friends that (I) had, that (I) formed relationships with as friends and teammates, have all been traded and moved on."
Consider that the although the 27-year-old Sizemore is under contract through the 2011 season with a club option for 2012, if the Tribe is going no where (as expected) come the July trading deadline, Sizemore could easily be next.
"I hope there is a long-term future for me here," he said. "I've always enjoyed being an Indian. I'd love to spend my career here and be a part of this organization for as long as I can."
Tribe fans might remember Martinez saying the same thing last year - only to be left weeping in his locker when news came that despite his pleas to stay in Cleveland, he'd been traded to Boston.