As an Indians fan, I'm sort of happy with this deal. I was all for dealing Lee. He's pitched well the last year and a half to say the least, but for some reason I'm still not convinced he's a legit ace of a competitive staff.
But as for the guys Philly sent in return, I know Carrasco as a RH starter, fastball, curve, change I think. Lot of hype about him two years ago, but I remember him getting lit up by Columbus earlier this season. What's the honest take on this guy, from Phillies fans who know. Any/all of these guys, for that matter.
And Marson, catcher, gets on base, not much power, but supposedly a solid defensive catcher. I don't know what the idea behind this is, unless Victor is on his way out this year as well. Carlos Santana is still probably one year away from the majors, and you have to believe he's going to be behind the plate when he gets there. Looks to me like Marson is the exact opposite of Shoppach. Low K's, good OBP, little power. Defensively?
Donald is another MI w/o power that the Indians need. Bunch of young guys in the middle (Cabrera and Valbuena. Barfield has really fallen off since the Indians traded for him, and Peralta should have started the 2009 season with another team, in my opinion.) I don't understand how Donald is going to help the Indians. Maybe I'm wrong, but Cabrera is an outstanding defensive SS, and back on track at the plate. Valbuena really looks like he's coming around now too. Solid defense, maybe getting going at the plate here now.
Knapp obviously looks like the most intriguing part of this deal. One thing the indians need badly are hard throwing pitchers. Their system is loaded with soft tossing lefties.