Mark Shapiro talked with Jim Ingraham over the All-Star Break, and said some interesting and revealing things:
On the bullpen problems:
I don't think that entirely covers why the bullpen has been so bad. Sure, middle relievers as a rule are going to be your weakest link, but the Indians didn't have anybody reliable setting up Bob Wickman. In the past couple of years, the Indians have been able to find guys to plug into the bullpen even after the season began, but not this year.
On Jhonny Peralta:
In other words, his defensive shortcomings aren't really due to physical limitations, but mental and mechanical lapses. Peralta is probably the one guy on the team who seems to need a wakeup call. This is one situation where Alex Cora would have been useful.
On the Eduardo Perez deal and trading deadline:
Aaron Boone and Todd Hollandsworth fit that template, Ronnie Belliard and Bob Wickman less so. Still, the latter two are going to fetch more on the trade market than the former pair. I don't think the Indians want Joe Inglett starting at second base, but at some point you take the hit if you get the right return.
Asdrubal Cabrera seems to have been on the Indians' "wish list," a group of prospects that the front office has previously identified. Shapiro's description of the deal sounded a lot like when they acquired Travis Hafner, so hopefully that bodes well for Cabrera.
There's much, much more, so I urge you to read the entire thing.