The Cleveland Indians offseason rumors continue as the starting pitchers continue to be brought up in potential trades with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cleveland Indians offseason could begin to heat up at any moment.
The rumors continue to pour out as we try to decipher what is likely to happen and what may end up being nothing more than speculation.
This is the latest we have to look at, courtesy of Jon Morosi:
We already knew the Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers were connected this offseason. What this update provides is the fact the team would likely move one of the top three starters if a trade is in fact made.
There have been some rumblings on Twitter that Yasiel Puig could be a focal point in a potential trade, which seems lopsided in favor of the Dodgers. Zack Meisel seemed to downplay that possibility:
That doesn’t rule out a potential trade involving both players, but just that Puig wouldn’t be the main player in return for Kluber.
I am still not sold on trading a member of the rotation. I would understand a trade of Bauer if one of the three were to go, but it would still make sense to hold onto him for at least another year as he is under club control for two years.
The Indians are seeking outfield help but have to be careful that they get enough in return for one of these three star pitchers. It is also important not to rush to get a deal done and get caught up by the offers being presented by the Dodgers. There is plenty of time to make a move and wait to see what other teams have to offer.
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It’s not like the Indians are desperate to rid the team of one of these pitchers.