The Cleveland Indians could be looking to extend Carlos Carrasco’s contract, which would impact the plans this offseason.
It is rumor season for Cleveland Indians fans.
The crazy thing is that Yan Gomes‘ name wasn’t even around long enough in the rumor mill for us to get too worried about him leaving. Then off he went to the Nationals.
The main rumors now revolve around the starting pitchers. We know that by this point.
During all the talk about Gomes’ departure, this news came out at the end of last week:
There has not been much noise about it since then, but these things often move slowly, especially considering the Winter Meeting have not even happened yet.
However, this news does bring to light the fact the Indians may have no intentions of trading Carlos Carrasco. That would leave Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer as the two top options for opposing teams to ask for in a trade.
It is still a toss-up between those two, but it is interesting that the main extension talks focus on Carrasco. Although we know Bauer has no interest in any long-term deal, which could hurt his trade value as well if he isn’t willing to commit to one place on any team-friendly deals.
There is still the possibility that none of the top three starters get traded. But for those panicking about losing Cookie, that doesn’t appear to have much of a chance of happening.
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The next few weeks should bring some more clarity when it comes to all the wild rumors. Until then, we will do our best to keep up with all of them.