The fast track is being paved for third baseman Andy Marte. Robby Thompson, former Gold Glove second baseman and an Indians infield coach, just left Class AAA Buffalo after spending the past couple of days working with Marte on his defense. Ted Kubiak, Indians minor-league defensive coordinator, has visited as well. John Mirabelli, Indians director of scouting, followed Marte for several days after the All-Star break.
-- Cleveland Plain Dealer
Shapiro was asked whether he regretted that move, and he responded, "No. Coco Crisp has a [.700] OPS. Andy Marte will be up in a couple weeks. While Jason Michaels hasn't been great, he's outperformed Coco.'' OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is probably the best indicator of offensive output, and it's true that Michaels' is higher, at .714, although that's also, as Shapiro conceded, "not great."