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UPDATE: The Indians replacing Mark Shapiro as GM

Feb 18, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

UPDATE: OK, so it wasn’t Manny Acta’s hat. The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting – albeit a bit speculatively — that the presser is to announce that Indians’ assistant GM Chris Antonetti is going to replace Mark Shapiro as GM, who will get kicked upstairs to be the team’s president.  The change, however, would not take place until after the 2010 season.

This is odd. Not the choice — Antonetti is well-regarded by almost everyone who knows his work — but the timing.  If the Indians really wanted to can promote Shapiro, they would have or at least should have done it at the end of 2009. As it was they had a lame duck making all the moves this winter. Another possibility: The team wants to lock in Antonetti — who has been a candidate for a handful of other openings in the past couple of years — before any vacancies open up elsewhere this year and the chatter starts again.

Either way, it puts just about everything the Indians have done this winter — and everything they will do this season — in a new light. 

8:32 A.M.:  OK, that was quick. Castrovince now tweetsNo way it’s Russell Branyan-related.” So Acta-hats it is. 

8:28 A.M.: MLB.com’s Indians beat guy Anthony Castrovince tweets that the Tribe has called a press conference for 1:30 PM Eastern.  I’m assuming this is regarding Russell Branyan — who the Indians have offered a minor league deal — if for no other reason than because the Indians haven’t been rumored to be courting anyone else. 

I suppose there are other potential reasons for a press conference — maybe Manny Acta got a new hat or something — but until I hear otherwise I’m going to assume it’s Branyan.

  1. Rollin Britsch - Feb 18, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Wow once again the indians mgt going for the big deal. Someone who we traded away once, a lifetime something in the low 200’s ba, easily injured..Let me place my order first for world series tickets, and then I will once again reiterate that the tribe is the piss poorest managed team in organized sports, and that include little league, where else in baseball can you trade cy young winners, and all star catchers, for minor leaguers, and minor leaguers on the dl..Thank my friends can happen only in cleve. I can only hope that in my ageded years that I can see something positive coming from tribe mgt.

  2. Rocky Colavito Jr. - Feb 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    They’re just swapping titles here. Shapiro is going to be “President” or some other trumped up title. He’s not going anywhere. Come on folks – look at Shapiro’s contract – cheap-ass Dolan and his challenged buck-toothed boy are not going to pay Shapiro to leave.

  3. BC - Feb 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    How in God’s name Branyan only gets a minor league deal is beyond me. Yes, he’s oft-injured and strikes out a jillion times. But the guy hit 32 dingers last year, he’s not 40 years old or anything. So why some team doesn’t do a $1.5mil one year deal with a club option for 2011 is beyond me. I don’t get it.

  4. Jeff Zucker - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Shapiro is moving to ten pm.

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