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No, the Cleveland Indians' team is not in the 2009 World Series. But two individual former Indians are. They're C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee. Such are the trials of low budget outfits like the Indians. They can't pay enough keep their best players after the team-controlled six years, and are forced to trade them, or lose them in free agency. The beneficiaries of such a system are high budget teams like the New York Yankees, who signed Sabathia for $161 million over seven years, and the Philadelphia Phillies who traded four prospects for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco this summer. Meanwhile, the Indians, 2007 ALDS winners, dropped to a losing season in 2009 after trading Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers for Zach Jackson and three minor leaguers, and Paul Byrd for a minor leaguer in 2008. They ...

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