The Cleveland Indians are reportedly open to trading some of the team’s top players. Trading one in particular makes the most sense of all.
Cleveland Indians fans already entered the month of November in a negative mood.
Then Buster Olney had to go and stir up some drama.
This tweet he sent out a week ago had fans talking, and had some panicking. But the important thing to remember is that he simply said the team is listening to offers. It would be foolish to not listen to any, given the chance a team might make an offer that can’t be refused.
The one name on the list that stood out to me is that of Edwin Encarnacion. The slugger has the largest contract on the team and his presence in town hasn’t made the ultimate difference in the postseason. The early exits aren’t his fault at all, but the money he is earning hasn’t changed much in terms of winning.
If it comes down to the Indians needing to slash payroll, trading away Encarnacion makes perfect sense.
Let’s now take a look at three reasons why it would make sense for the Indians to accept a deal for Encarnacion this offseason.