The Dodgers and Indians could make some big moves this offseason as the two have engaged in “lots of different discussions,” according to The Athletic.
#Indians, #Dodgers engaged in “lots of different discussions,” sources tell The Athletic. LA likes CLE SPs and C Yan Gomes also would fit. CLE needs OFers; LAD has Pederson, Puig, Verdugo, plus young catching. Both clubs also talking to others. LAD in mix for #Marlins’ Realmuto.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 21, 2018
The report doesn’t indicate which players specifically have been mentioned in talks, though The Athletic notes Los Angeles likes Cleveland’s starting pitchers and catcher Yan Gomes would be a good fit with the Dodgers. Additionally, the Indians need strong outfielders, which the Dodgers have with Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig and Alex Verdugo.
The Athletic also reported Monday that the Indians are “scrambling to get young players” and that Gomes, who’ll turn 32 in July, is drawing significant trade interest. He is under contract through the 2021, and his options after 2019 include a $1 million buyout or club options worth $9 million for 2020 and $11 million for 2021.
The Indians indicated earlier this month they would listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players, including starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, according to ESPN.
Both the Dodgers and Indians are coming off seasons in which they their postseason runs were cut short. The Dodgers lost in their second straight World Series, while the Indians fell to the Astros in the American League Championship Series.