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Let’s Talk Tribe Podcast Ep. 77: Joe goes to Cleveland

In this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Tribe, Matt and Jason talk the Joe Smith acquisition, the rest of the trade deadline, fear (or lack of fear) of the Royals, Bryan Shaw’s divisiveness, Francisco Mejia’s untouchability, your questions, and more!

Joe Smith is back, everybody! Okay, maybe you’re not that hyped about the reliever’s return to the Cleveland Indians, but the Tribe went out and got him and it was a pretty solid move. Did they give up too much? Will Thomas Pannone end up being the Indians’ version of Mike Clevinger (from the Los Angeles Angels perspective)? Ehhhhhhh.

One thing the Indians didn’t do is trade away Francisco Mejia, which would have been a mistake, especially for a half-season of a declining Yu Darvish. You read that right. Declining Yu Darvish.

With Joe in toe, what does that mean for the Indians bullpen? It might be mean fewer innings for Bryan Shaw, which also means The Great Byan Shaw Civil War might not come for another year or more.


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