singulair gУЉnУЉrique sandoz prednisone 20 mg utilisУЉ pour traiter qu'est-ce que le mУЉdicament gУЉnУЉrique du fosamax gУЉnУЉrique trazodone 50 mg orlistat 60 mg o 120 mg effets secondaires de flomax 0.4 mg bupropion 300 mg par jour metformin 500 mg comprimУЉs qu'est-ce que la diffУЉrence de prix entre viagra et cialis coУЛt accutane blue cross blue shield est sur ordonnance allegra le mУЊme que sur le comptoir combien coУЛte gУЉnУЉrique crestor coУЛt cialis gУЉnУЉrique en ligne viagra glucophage xr 1000 mg dosage combien coУЛte gУЉnУЉrique zoloft coУЛt chez walmart xenical comprimУЉ prix rue prix nolvadex costo kamagra gel xenical orlistat sur ordonnance nolvadex vente amazon coУЛt de benadryl sirop contre la toux meclizine 25 mg wikipedia roche xenical orlistat discount clozaril trouble dУЉlirant ordonnance coУЛt de lexapro isotretinoin 10 mg 20 mg est singulair gУЉnУЉrique disponible aux УЉtats-unis coУЛt du wellbutrin xl 300 mg keflex walmart pharmacie gУЉnУЉrique accutane prix ordonnance ciprofloxacin 500mg doxycycline hyclate 100mg traite ce micardis plus 80 mg /12,5 mg comprimУЉ prevacid pour vente prednisone prix publix ohm gУЉnУЉrique claritin d les somnifУЈres avec celexa 40 mg abilify ce est lexapro 20 mg utilisУЉ pour crestor trouble de la thyroУЏde 60 mg cymbalta prix fluoxetine 40 mg pac, ni pfizer viagra prix bas gУЉnУЉrique crestor 10mg prix dose de propranolol 40 mg ce n'minocycline pilules n' advair diskus 250/50 pas cher prix de skelaxin 800 mg nexium 40 mg prilosec УЉquivalent quand prendre ranitidine 150 mg prix de la colchicine en inde voltaren dispers 50 mg n2 tenormin atenolol 50 mg avodart prix usa amitriptyline 50 mg, comprimУЉs effets secondaires aldara prix canada walmart pharmacie coУЛt de cialis ce qui est gУЉnУЉrique pour lasix prednisolone 5mg comprimУЉs achat de cialis canada en ligne viagra gУЉnУЉrique en ligne У bas prix 40 mg accutane dosage medicamento crestor 5mg xenical orlistat acheter en ligne pas cher viagra jelly royaume-uni pouvez-vous prendre des somnifУЈres sur accutane quel est le gУЉnУЉrique pour strattera combien coУЛte gУЉnУЉrique cymbalta les utilisations de lisinopril 20 mg effet secondaire du lisinopril 10 mg tretinoin cream 0.05 ordonnance mУЉdicament gУЉnУЉrique synthroid bula do avodart 0 5 mg zoloft pour les troubles de l'anxiУЉtУЉ cardizem retarder 90 mg obtenir une ordonnance pour antabuse nexium vs prilosec coУЛt pouvez-vous boire de l'alcool augmentin 625mg advair gУЉnУЉrique mexique como tomar cialis 20 mg strattera dosage mg/kg des effets secondaires de nexium 20mg puis-je prendre 2 zantac 150 mg santУЉ canada propecia les coУЛts de cialis celebrex 200 mg fibromyalgie furosemide 10mg/ml discount cialis canada finasteride 5mg onglet prix pas cher viagra soft combien crestor en canada prograf prescription assistance program lisinopril (prinivil) 10 mg comprimУЉ oral dilantin gУЉnУЉrique de marque allopurinol bp 300 mg colcrys gУЉnУЉrique vs colchicine levitra 10 mg precio mexico coumadin 5 mg alkohol 2 pilules de viagra erythromycin prescription assistance metoprolol ratiopharm nk 100 mg acheter du viagra en ligne maintenant seroquel 25 mg bivirkninger nizoral 20 mg /ml de shampooing zantac 150 mg tabletas efervescentes erythromycin acheter royaume-uni combien de mg ne lipitor venir oУЙ puis-je acheter female viagra royaume-uni paxil royaume-uni acheter clomid pilules vs liquide rУЉaction allergique au gУЉnУЉrique topamax de prescription en ligne pour metformine prilosec 15 mg acheter finasteride 5mg le prix de la metformine risperdal consta date gУЉnУЉrique est-il mauvais de prendre 2 ou loratadine claritin 10 mg par jour ldn faible dose naltrexone acheter acheter isotretinoin en canada commander lasix en ligne acheter des pilules de kamagra australie valor escitalopram 10 mg voltaren gel 23 2 mg/g ordonnance lamictal effets secondaires ic allopurinol 300 mg premarin pilules posologie prednisone 5mg coУЛt gratuit de viagra au canada effets secondaires de lexapro gУЉnУЉrique est-il une forme gУЉnУЉrique de zocor commander cialis en ligne en australie ne benadryl venir dans 50mg comprimУЉs acheter nolvadex У des fins de recherche actos coУЛts de 30 mg cymbalta 90 mg posologie allopurinol 100mg utilise ce est strattera 80 mg utilisУЉ pour cialis coУЛt de la pharmacie zithromax acheter pas cher mail order cialis zyrtec sur le comptoir ou d'une ordonnance l'utilisation de l'isotrУЉtinoУЏne capsules bp 20 mg promethazine pills, vicodin qu'est-ce que nitrofurantoin mono/mac 100mg caps utilisУЉ pour zovirax prix en inde coУЛt de viagra sur rue bactrim ds mg force besoin zoloft ordonnance crestor 10 mg vs lipitor 10 mg costo aciclovir en colombie chlorhydrate de tУЉtracycline capsule de 250 mg apo-paroxetine 30mg ordre finasteride canada ne metformine venir У 1000 mg, comprimУЉs zyprexa 1mg prednisone pilules photos celebrex 200 mg contre indication comment prendre clomid pilules depo provera 150 mg effets secondaires clonidine 10mg quel est le gУЉnУЉrique keflex risperdal 1 mg prix oУЙ puis-je acheter cialis У londres de chlorhydrate de bupropion xl 300 mg comprimУЉ prix rue de la valeur du propranolol 10 mg est-il une version moins onУЉreuse de viagra prometrium prescription assistance oУЙ acheter viagra sur le comptoir combien de jours dois-je prendre ciprofloxacine 500mg prilosec otc prix glycomet 500 mg acheter isotretinoin 20 mg cialis gУЉnУЉrique en australie tenormin 10mg prednisone 1250 mg combien accutane coУЛt en nouvelle-zУЉlande quelle est l'efficacitУЉ de la dose de 50 mg de clomid cialis acheter singapour meilleur prix clopidogrel prendre 40 mg celexa le matin effexor 75 mg posologie combien de temps viagra pilules travail lincocin 600 mg dose 20 mg lexapro pour l'anxiУЉtУЉ zoloft vs gУЉnУЉriques bula ne remeron 30 mg gen-ranitidine 150 mg pouvez-vous acheter viagra sur le comptoir У sydney le mУЉthotrexate 205 mg zoloft coУЛt canada fluoxetine pour trouble dУЉficitaire de l'attention oУЙ acheter clomid original d'ordonnance pour le depo provera ventolin coУЛt УЉtats-unis allegra d 12 heures prix gУЉnУЉrique walgreens allegra d prix bactrim prescription dose pilules qui sont similaires У viagra diovan prix chez walmart viagra 100mg 4УЈme la codУЉine et de promУЉthazine pour la vente quanto costa cialis 5 mg en farmacia quel est le taux de jumeaux de clomid 50mg prednisolone 30 mg gain de poids cymbalta gУЉnУЉrique problУЈmes lipitor 20 mg vs 10mg est amitriptyline bon pour le trouble panique oУЙ acheter valtrex 500mg maison У vendre У pinebrook artane santУЉ canada seroquel metoprolol ratiopharm 25 mg cena comment rapide est-10mg cialis pas cher lexapro alternative combien de aciclovir 400 mg comprimУЉs dois-je prendre pouvez-vous prendre de la metformine avec les pilules de perte de poids levlen ed comprimУЉ prix zestril lisinopril 10 mg metformin hcl onglet 1000 mg er (osmotique) lloyds pharmacy flomax gУЉnУЉrique arimidex coУЛt costco prix lipitor gУЉnУЉrique zoloft et alcool effets secondaires du teva-prednisone 50 mg propecia 2,5 mg quand actos gУЉnУЉrique disponible hctz 12.5/lisinopril 20mg onglet effets secondaires les mУЉdicaments gУЉnУЉriques similaires pour crestor non viagra gУЉnУЉrique en ligne finasteride 5 mg comprimУЉs de proscar gУЉnУЉrique imitrex gУЉnУЉrique des images ordre cialis gУЉnУЉrique canada ne 5mg de cialis cipro 500 mg ekХŸi acheter singulair gУЉnУЉrique canada xenical comparaison des prix forme gУЉnУЉrique de paxil 100mg viagra coУЛt par pilule fluoxetine 10 mg chiens zoloft 25 mg ventolin pharmacie mexicaine va 6000 mg de trazodone vous tuer quel est le meilleur site pour acheter gУЉnУЉrique viagra cialis 5mg lilly kaufen tretinoin hydroquinone corticostУЉroУЏdes cymbalta coУЛt blue cross blue shield zoloft 50mg vs 100mg УЉruption cutanУЉe avec gУЉnУЉrique wellbutrin lisinopril 5 mg comprimУЉ oral clomid 100mg utilise advair gУЉnУЉrique usa adidas torsion allegra prix acheter gУЉnУЉrique viagra cialis en ligne oУЙ acheter cialis У pattaya oУЙ acheter bon marchУЉ levitra aprУЈs la livraison lasix zoloft vente 2014 kamagra oral jelly pharmacie en ligne clindamycin hcl 300 mg de l'angine streptococcique acheter cytotec avortement pilules tricor prix costco combien coУЛte un traitement par zoloft prescription coУЛt capsules de viagra prix au pakistan depo provera interdit canada la clindamycine 150 mg capsules prix celexa sevrage 10 mg acheter zithromax pas cher doxycycline 200 mg 1a pharma effets secondaires de l'isotrУЉtinoУЏne 20mg cialis 20 mg combien de temps avant strattera 40 mg dosage lexapro 5 mg l'anxiУЉtУЉ cephalexin 500 mg capsule prednisone 20 mg (apo) clomid 50mg Х“uvres quel est le gУЉnУЉrique motrin gratuit lipitor gУЉnУЉrique chimiste de l'entrepУДt viagra 100mg pfizer cena singulair gУЉnУЉrique comprimУЉs У croquer generico viagra maintenant como usar o cialis de 20 mg pouvez-vous snort 100mg zoloft norvasc 5mg prix en inde clomid la fertilitУЉ des pilules pour la vente gУЉnУЉrique olanzapine coУЛt acheter viagra en australie magasin dose de viagra 50 mg est viagra uniquement sur ordonnance au canada viagra canada quУЉbec 3 000 mg de metformine sopk le trouble bipolaire risperdal lexapro gУЉnУЉrique coУЛt canada viagra pharmacie coupon quel est le gУЉnУЉrique detrol la pas cher prilosec gУЉnУЉrique wellbutrin 150 mg prix prednisolone sod phos 15mg/5ml sol zyban coУЛts pastillas celebrex 200 mg oУЙ acheter xenical en australie risperdal depot 25 mg prix du phosphate de clindamycine gel usp acheter gУЉnУЉrique colchicine pilule identificateur cipro 500 mg acheter gУЉnУЉrique du lipitor en ligne mУЉdicament lasix 20 mg zithromax coУЛt У walgreens ciprofloxacin 500 mg comment souvent propecia gУЉnУЉrique canada meilleur endroit pour acheter viagra examen bula ne micardis 40 mg oУЙ puis-je acheter terramycin pour les poulets prednisolone solution de phosphate de sodium 5 mg 5ml effexor gУЉnУЉrique effets secondaires de la marque dramamine disponible au canada prescription des antibiotiques (tУЉtracyclines) des photos de pilules metoprolol 80 mg propranolol deux fois par jour commander lisinopril en ligne У partir du canada pilule de viagra pas cher metformin 500 mg uso 500 mg de metformine er deux fois par jour tretinoin cream 0.05 coУЛt propranolol 10 mg onglets colchicine 500 mg comprimУЉs effets secondaires de bupropion 100 mg combien de mg de topamax est en qsymia 2mg abilify et de l'alcool acheter allegra d en ligne canada viagra 100mg image zantac 150 mg dose lisinopril 20 mg walmart gУЉnУЉrique claritin d 24 heures allergie et la congestion comprimУЉs olanzapine 2 5mg augmentin walmart pharmacie viagra nuit nous diffУЉrents types de comprimУЉs de viagra bupropion sr 200mg prix xenical orlistat pilules augmentin suspensiУГn 200 mg 5 mg lexapro effets secondaires nexium sur le comptoir coУЛt coУЛt de levitra У walgreens cialis 20 mg canada puis-je acheter terramycin sur le comptoir comment prendre doxycycline hyclate 100mg prevacid solutab 15 mg acheter brookwood lieu artane pour vente comprimУЉs cialis 20 mg qu'est-ce que metoclopramide 5 mg tablette pour calculatrice d'ovulation clomid 100mg blague sur le viagra nom gУЉnУЉrique est de 60 mg de fluoxУЉtine beaucoup non les mУЉdicaments d'ordonnance comme viagra sildenafil viagra prix 1000 mg de motrin avez-vous besoin d'une prescription pour albenza les comprimУЉs de viagra expirent cialis 20 mg como usar celebrex monographie canada furosemide zentiva 40 mg la metformine glucophage 1000 mg pilules de contrУДle des naissances, et provera la prise de 2 mg pour le propecia gУЉnУЉrique celexa 40 mg qu'est-ce que le ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg taapo utilisУЉ pour est-il un gУЉnУЉrique marque pour detrol periactin 4 mg gain de poids les enfants du liquide benadryl mg/ml tamoxifen 10 mg pct comment puis-je obtenir une ordonnance wellbutrin clopidogrel hydrochlorid 75 mg gУЉnУЉrique cleocin lotion avez-vous besoin d'une prescription pour l'УЉrythromycine pommade quel est le prix de la rue de viagra viagra 3 gratuit pilules actos gУЉnУЉrique lorsqu'il est disponible aciclovir teva 200 mg, compresse vytorin du canada ciprofloxacine cystite 500mg prilosec meilleur prix 300 mg de wellbutrin toujours dУЉprimУЉ plavix gУЉnУЉrique en inde rУЉgime avec xenical 120 mg posologie voltaren 50 mg vous pouvez commander en ligne antabuse voltaren retarder 100 mg grageas diflucan 200 mg posologie cialis canada pharmacie effets secondaires endep 25 mg meilleur prix lexapro 10 mg metoprolol succinate canada alternative bon marchУЉ У l'lisinopril seroquel comprimУЉ de 50 mg les images de lisinopril 40 mg 10 mg. de benadryl est combien de ml canadienne du mУЉdicament gУЉnУЉrique viagra acheter lisinopril 20 mg en ligne nolvadex expУЉdition durant la nuit qu'est-ce que furosemide 20mg comprimУЉs pour generico ne nexium 20mg nexium orale de 10 mg obtenir viagra gУЉnУЉrique pour la nuit 120 mg cymbalta anxiУЉtУЉ lipitor coУЛt canada inderal 10 mg halveringstid metoprolol tartrate 25 mg pilule identifiant amoxil 500 mg tabletas acheter ventolin over counter uk combien clozaril coУЛt prix de abilify mУЉdicaments la rosuvastatine coУЛt en inde acheter synthroid 150 mcg cialis est un mУЉdicament d'ordonnance tramadol 50 mg d'aspirine lamictal 100mg onglet lexapro 10 mg У 5 mg pouvez-vous acheter prevacid sur le compteur coumadin clinique mgh ciprofloxacin hydrochloride 500 mg tablette dramamine acheter en australie gУЉnУЉrique nexium travail ainsi que nexium propranolol inderal 20 mg meilleur prix pour xenical accutane acheter en ligne canada metoprolol tarte 100mg onglet jambe acheter sur le marchУЉ noir viagra de la rue prix pour zanaflex 100mg doxycycline 3 fois par jour escitalopram comprimУЉ de 10 mg meilleur non prescription viagra zithromax 500 mg 2 comprimУЉs pour la chlamydia lipitor effets secondaires 40 mg ne metformin er venir en 1000 mg 5 mg ou 10 mg cialis pouvez-vous acheter diflucan sur le comptoir У bas prix cialis de l'inde est-il un gУЉnУЉrique marque de valtrex abilify 5 mg effets secondaires protonix 40 mg par jour lipitor gУЉnУЉrique carte de rУЉduction acheter cialis gУЉnУЉrique en europe dapoxetine canada approbation minocycline pour l'acnУЉ coУЛt gУЉnУЉrique zoloft noms viagra pour la vente dans la ville de perth benadryl 50 mg chiens voltaren pilules gУЉnУЉrique nexium generico no brasil coУЛt cialis viagra ne gУЉnУЉrique viagra forum de travail avodart 0 5mg prix cefadroxil 500 mg inde pouvez-vous rУЉduire de 20 mg celexa en demi metoprolol 50 mg de dosage pourquoi ne le mУЉthotrexate a coУЛtУЉ beaucoup quand avez-singulair devenir gУЉnУЉrique cymbalta 30 mg faydalarФБ villas У vendre У calan porter menorca ventolin hfa prix cvs informations sur le chlorhydrate de metformine de 500 mg est depo provera disponible au canada anafranil 5 mg quelle est la prescription de la dose de claritin prix de 20 mg levitra 5 mg de lipitor finasteride coУЛt canada 100mg trazodone sommeil cialis gУЉnУЉrique instructions l'asthme prednisone 20mg avantages et inconvУЉnients de l'achat en ligne viagra medicamento lopid 900 mg wellbutrin xl 150 У 300 mg cephalexin 250 mg pour l'angine streptococcique quand prendre zantac 150 mg maclov aciclovir 400 mg est achat propecia juridique en ligne celexa 10 mg effets secondaires bystolic 20 mg pУЉnurie crestor 10 mg que contiene effets secondaires de l'hydrochlorothiazide 25mg comprimУЉs zithromax z-pak 250 mg coУЛt tretinoin cream 0.05 gУЉnУЉrique zanaflex 4 mg en espaУБol obtenir une ordonnance pour du viagra en ligne coreg cr gУЉnУЉrique combien de mg de benadryl pour 2 ans lamictal gУЉnУЉrique fabricant contre indication cialis 20 mg viagra acheter en vrac cialis malaisie, acheter coУЛt de bystolic 2.5 mg thuoc celebrex 200 mg lisinopril de 20 mg pharmacie cymbalta voltaren 80mg viagra compresse 100mg estrace comprimУЉs coУЛt viagra acheter en melbourne version gУЉnУЉrique de zovirax ai-je besoin d'ordonnance pour differin
Home Biz of Baseball - Interviews Interview - Mark Shapiro - Exec. VP & GM - Cleveland Indians

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 712 guests online

Atom RSS

Interview - Mark Shapiro - Exec. VP & GM - Cleveland Indians PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 16
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 01 July 2007 17:00
Mark Shapiro

Build it from within… make every cent count… balance risk.

That might be the best way to describe how Mark Shapiro, the executive vice-president and general manager of the Cleveland Indians, conducts business. Since coming on-board with the Indians in 2001, he immediately set about restructuring the Indians model for success. High salary veteran players were dropped to give payroll flexibility, and the focus was shifted to developing young talent.

Shapiro has seen the game, as worked from outside the lines, since he was at a very young age. His father Ron, was a high profile lawyer in the Baltimore area that shifted to becoming an agent. In an interview on Baseball America, the elder Shapiro said, “For as much as he loved sports, he was disadvantaged in that genetically he was deprived because his father was probably the worst athlete in the world. But exposure-wise, he got to have a unique view of players and their lives outside baseball. I think that gave him a better understanding of how things work right from the beginning."

The rebuilding of the Indians paid off in 2005 when Mark was honored with the Sporting News Sports Executive of the Year by winning 93 games that year, while having a payroll that ranked in the bottom five of the 30 teams.

The following interview focuses on how Shapiro balances the resources that the Indians have available to continue to contend. Unsurprisingly, he mentions Billy Beane (read the Biz of Baseball interview with Beane), and Terry Ryan (read the Biz of Baseball interview with Ryan) who have been able to evaluate undervalued talent with budgets many times lower than clubs such as the Yankees and the Red Sox.

This year sees the Indians in the hunt again. As of this publication they hold a two-game lead over the Tigers for first place in the AL Central, with C.C. Sabathia leading the league in Wins with 12, Victor Martinez seventh in RBIs, and Joe Borowski tied for third in the league with 24 Saves.

Other topics in this interview include his views on the Draft system, whether the Indians will focus on re-signing C.C. Sabathia, how this year’s first draft pick Beau Mills might be developed, how the Indians approach risk as it pertains to pitchers, competing for free agents with a player payroll that is ranked at 23rd by Opening Day payroll ($61,673,267), and much, much more. 

Maury Brown for The Biz of Baseball: We’re very near the All-Star break, and with that, the Indians and Tigers are battling it out for the lead in the AL Central. Are you satisfied with where you are at, or are you looking to make a move before the trade deadline?

Mark Shapiro quote on looking for talentMark Shapiro: Well, you know it’s funny; I think in the moment, you’re not satisfied. You feel like you could have been better within the context of the season you played. If you would have flashed back to Spring Training and told me that we would have the third or fourth best record in the big leagues, we’d be fourteen games above .500, I would have signed up for it.

The second answer to the question that you asked is yes, it is our obligations to constantly, regardless of our spot in the standings, be attempting to improve the team. It is a challenging market to do that. The backdrop of our protectiveness of our young players always has to be there because that’s really our greatest ability to compete and win here, but with that being said, we are active, very active, and diligent in the area of trying to secure more talent.

BizBall: We just recently went through the First-Year Draft, and with that changes that were implemented with the new CBA were put in place on how the drafting system functions. What is your take on the new changes? Do you think it works well, or will there continue to be adjustments made?

Shapiro: Time will tell. I think it clearly creates slightly more leverage for the team, but it still doesn’t achieve the end result. Our draft system is extremely flawed. It does not result in the desired outcome, which is the best talent taken, strictly based on ability where it’s spotted on the board. Finances still enter into the equation at a very significant level. It is often the teams that lose the most that aren’t able — if they are a smaller market team to catch the best player that is on the board at that time. Until that’s the case, I don’t think the draft functions as it’s supposed to with the distribution of talent.

BizBall: With the Draft, the Indians selected 1B, Beau Mills from Lewis & Clark State College with the 13th pick. What kind of player do you see him as, and what roll might he be developed into for the Majors? Do you look for a particular role for him?

Shapiro: I think what we look to do in the first round of the draft is secure some level of talent that we basically have an inability to compete for on a free agent market. So, whether that’s a top of the rotation player, whether that’s a top of a rotation starter, whether that’s a middle of the order run producer, or a middle of the diamond talent, that’s what we’re looking to do. And in Beau we feel like we secured a potential middle of the order run producer and that’s how it will development. I think we’ll find the best fit for him defensively. Initially we feel that’s probably first base, but time will tell defensively. Clearly what we’re looking to get, what we feel most confident of, is that we have the potential to sign a run producing, middle of the order bat.

C.C. SabathiaBizBall: C.C. Sabathia is making a good case for a possible AL Cy Young award. He’s tied for first in Wins with Josh Beckett, Innings Pitched, has two complete games, we could go on… When you have a player of high caliber, which Sabathia clearly is, do you have to consider setting your budget out for the year in case you decide to wrap him up? How difficult is it for a market like Cleveland to retain high quality players as they hit free agency?

Shapiro: It’s a significant challenge for us in the market that we operate within because our threshold for risk has to be so much more finite than a larger market team. We have to be so much more careful and cognizant of what an injury on a large contract or a drop in performance will do to our ability to sustain a championship caliber team. So, I think it’s never a challenge to sign, and secure, and retain talent. The question is, if you do that, are you then creating too big of a challenge in creating a championship team around that player.

In isolation, we can look at retaining any player, the challenge is when you break outside of the isolation, the perspective, can we build a championship team around that player? Are we maintaining the balance to do that?

When I look at C.C. – what I chose to focus on instead – are his progression to a true number one starter. The things he’s accomplished, his maturation from an 18 year-old kid when we first drafted him into a man. He is a guy that is a tremendous father and husband and leader in our club house. His maturation as a pitcher as well, as a thrower, a power guy, to a true pitcher to me it is remarkable. I have immense respect for C.C. and all that he has accomplished. I enjoy watching him pitch now even more knowing the back drop of where he’s coming from.

BizBall: You bring up risk… One of the key acquisitions for the Indians this past off-season was Joe Borowski, who as of this interview is tied for third in the league with 22 saves. The Phillies backed out of a deal for him in the off-season after a physical, citing his shoulder, which was injured during the ’04 season. With small to mid-markets having to make every free agent penny count, are the risks rising when it comes to top or even mid-level pitching talent on the open market?

Shapiro: I think “risks” and “pitching” on the free agent market are just inseparable. You’re just dealing with levels Mark Shapiro quote on risksof risk.

I guess I would say this: like Kevin Millwood a few years ago – on a one year time frame – we are much more risk tolerant than we are in a longer time frame. There’s no one year deal that obviously we can’t overcome in time.

So you do two things: You look at the alternative. You look at what’s available out there.

We were going to wade into the waters of risk, but at what level while having to satisfy the back end bullpen issues that we had. There was no non-risk alternative. There was just levels of risk and off setting risks with multiple alternatives and we were well aware of what we were walking into in last year’s free agent market.

BizBall: This past off-season saw a spike in the market for free agents. Whether that was one GM setting the market, or the tone coming out of reaching a new CBA, what have you. What ever it was, the market spiked. You walk into the off-season and have to adjust as the market gets set. If you would, walk us through how you and the Indians go about strategizing and adjusting when the market gets set?

Shapiro: I think you want to internally frame values for players as you head into free agency. Some of that value is built upon external demand and some of that is built on your own payroll structure. You know what portion of that payroll you can allocate to different positions and players — both short term and long term team building... and growth. And then I think there are obviously sometimes exceptional contributions that you can look at as well; but all of that functions within an imperfect environment because one team’s desire for a player can skew the value and take it out of our realm. But we have to be disciplined when we enter that market.

Mark Shapiro quote on valuationYou know, the Red Sox could value a player identically to us and basically, just with their tolerance for risk and their level of payroll, they could both pay him more and offer him more years within an exact same evaluation.

All that accentuates is that we need to try to stay out of the free agent market whenever possible … and when we do enter into the free agent market, there is hopefully a realistic desire to supplement rather than build the core talent – because I just don’t see us ever being able to compete in the free agent market for core talent … it’s just the very rare, exceptional occasion when that is going to happen.

BizBall: That leads into my next question… Given the costs associated with competing for top-tier free agents and the costs and risks associated to them, is it fair to say that more and more clubs will be working to develop their own young talent, and with that, is there a growing emphasis in areas such as academies in Latin America?

Shapiro: I think what has become increasingly obvious in the last couple years is that regardless of your market, young talent is important. It’s always been obvious to the Oaklands, Minnesotas, Clevelands; it’s our only chance. Not that it’s just important, but it’s our only chance is to sign and develop our own talent and then bring them up internally – at least core talent. Then look for value propositions in free agency. That’s clear. Billy [Beane] knows that. Terry [Ryan] knows that. I know that. Without that internal supply of talent, we cannot compete at the playoff caliber level. I think what’s become increasingly apparent and where the change is, is that regardless of your market, no matter how big your market is, it’s still important to have your own internal young talent and if you have the young talent and you have financial resources, you have a chance to create a dominant team, like the Red Sox are doing now and like the Angels were able to do.

Mark Shapiro quote on internal supply of talentI think that’s where some of the teams that didn’t place as big of an emphasis or maybe lost sight of that importance over time, are realizing that we need to get back into that talent. We need to be more cognizant of that importance, be more careful when we consider trading it and place more emphasis on developing it.

As far as the question regarding Latin American... You’re going to find over time that there’s a lot less efficiency there right now because of the money being thrown out down there and the lack of information we have on the players and the success rate being so small. That is becoming probably more of an inefficient market at this point.

BizBall: Interesting. There has been discussion that given the costs associated with some of the signing bonuses in the drafting process Stateside, you could more economically develop in, say, Latin America. The theory being that regardless of your ability to find good talent -- due to lack of information; what have you -- you may come up with a diamond in the rough by pure volume.

Shapiro: I think that was true years ago and everybody reacted to that by throwing money down there and it has become more competitive by money on top of that money and the signing bonuses escalated as well of the cost of doing business down there escalated, then it became less and less efficient. We’re getting to the point now where I’m not sure if it is an efficiency any more. You might have more efficiency in the draft than you do in Latin America at this point.

BizBall: Many were surprised this off-season when the Giants offered pitcher Barry Zito a seven-year deal. Given the difficulty in projecting pitcher performance and durability the further out in time you go, do you have any hard and fast rules when it comes to matters such as contract length, especially when it comes to pitchers?

Shapiro quote on hard and fast rulesShapiro: I don’t believe in hard and fast rules in this game – it is a game of grays, there are no black and whites. That being said, I’m already being redundant when I state the risk of pitching is evident and clear and with every single individual case that we consider, we will do a very careful risk analysis and risk assessment. I can tell you just based upon the experience of where we end up with pitching in general, is that our tolerance for risk is not going to be high enough to allow for very many long-term contracts in that market, especially of high magnitude

BizBall: Lastly, the Indians recently hired one of my Baseball Prospectus colleagues, Keith Woolner, and I know that Vince Gennaro has worked with the Indians in the past. How do you approach the use objective analysis along with the advice from your scouting department? Some say that it is a black and white area, and it clearly isn’t...

Shapiro: That’s the biggest mistake. I risk the temptation to brand us as one type of organization and just call it a Mark Shapiro quote on using the best informationbalanced organization.

My philosophy has always been: Why limit yourself to one type of data? Why not seek to get the best information in every area? What we start to do is seek out the best objective analysis available and then frame it properly and utilize it. To seek out the best subjective analysis or scouting information available then frame that and utilize that in decisions. Medical; personality; and psychological; financial – all those variables that exist within a decision making framework. Then with the creative, or when the artistic side of that comes in, that is how you weigh those variables in the decision making process.

  • Interview conducted by Maury Brown on 6/29/07
  • Transcribed by William Jordan and Michael Elsen
  • Edited by Maury Brown

Maury Brown would like to extend special thanks to William Jordan and Michael Elsen for  their exceptionally diligent work in the transcription process.

To read other interviews with the likes of Billy Beane, Terry Ryan, Marvin Miller, Bob Costas, Charlie Steiner, Bowie Kuhn, Kevin Towers, and many more, select the Interviews link from any page on The Biz of Baseball. 

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?