The Cleveland Indians are selling and the Tampa Bay Rays better be buying. The Rays and the Tribe are perfect trade partners. The Indians are trying to offload salary and the Rays have plenty of room to take on salary.
Buster Olney recently reported that the Cleveland Indians will be listening to trade offers this winter on numerous veterans due to the market restraints that small market teams often listen deal with. Veterans like Carlos Carrasco, Edwin Encarnacion, and Yan Gomes will be made available though trade talks this offseason and the Tampa Bay Rays should be ready to deal.
There are other veterans like Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis, and Roberto Perez available as well this winter, but the Rays are likely more interested in the names mentioned previously.
Encarnacion, the longtime Blue Jays slugger could give the Rays the feared hitter they long for this winter. Yan Gomes, one of the American League’s better catching options, could prove to be a cheaper option than Wilson Ramos or Yasmani Grandal. Finally, Carlos Carrasco would provide the Rays with one of the best 1-2 punches in baseball alongside Blake Snell.
Lets break down all three veterans the Rays may be interested…