I was harping the entire off-season about how the tribe should have dealt Kluber AND Bauer over the winter. The rumor all over the internet all winter was that the Dodgers offered Verdugo (.342, 4 HR), Pederson (.239, 10 HR), and a pitcher (most likely Stripling) for Kluber, and the Indians turned them down because they wanted Billinger (which was absolutely never going to happen). We couldn't have possibly screwed the pooch any worse on that one. If you pull the trigger on that and bring in another 2 guys for Bauer, all the sudden your batting lineup isn't the joke of the league. Not only that, but they could have taken the money they saved on those deals and bought a pitcher like Kuechel in free agency to help mitigate their loss.
Not making those deals and somehow convincing themselves that throwing a Diaz/Bauers swap into the Santana trade was a good idea may have completely slammed the door shut on our contention window.