When you lose 94 games in a Major League Baseball season, you aren't a contender and you probably aren't very close. In the Indians' case, maybe they know they are farther away than they've previously alluded.

"Our current mix of guys and how things came together didn't work," Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said at his end of the year press conference. "We need to reexamine ways to be better moving forward, but I still continue to feel strongly about the nucleus of players we have. We need to do a better job of finding the right mix around them. Where that takes us, we'll have to see, but that's a process we'll go through this winter."

The building of that new mix of players might have begun quietly on Saturday afternoon, when the Indians traded right-handed reliever Esmil Rogers to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Yan Gomes. Rogers was 3-1, with a 3.06 ERA in 53 innings with the Indians in 2012. He seemed to stabilize himself as a big league reliever after three bumpy seasons as a starter with the Colorado Rockies. Rogers credited his turnaround to a better ability to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters with his high-octane fastball.