Jose Ramirez remains from the 2016-17 Cleveland championship core, but that’s about it
In trading superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor and frontline starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the Mets on Thursday, another championship core has come and gone in Cleveland without ending what is now the longest World Series drought in Major League Baseball.
This isn’t to say that the ballclub won’t find its way into contention in the near future or even win the World Series soon, but if it does, it’ll be with a different core that came so close this last half-decade. This core joins an impressive list of Cleveland baseball nucleuses that couldn’t get over that one final hump since the 1994 strike.
This latest group provided enough success without actually winning the World Series to mean it was a total gut punch. Again.