Sunday, February 1, 2015
Given his first chance to play every day in Cleveland, however, Blake showed great versatility in the field and averaged over 20 home runs a year over his five-and-a-half seasons. Prior to the 2008 trading deadline, the Indians flipped him to the Dodgers for catching prospect Carlos Santana, who has been a fixture in the middle of Cleveland's lineup ever since.
By the time he was done, Blake had put together a solid 13-year major league career with 167 home runs, 616 runs batted in, and a career .778 OPS. Not exactly David Ortiz numbers, but not bad at all for a guy who couldn't crack the early 2000s Twins lineup.