By Paul Hoynes, cleveland.com | Posted November 10, 2018 at 12:56 PM
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Corey Kluber. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
What could the Indians get for one of their starting pitchers?
Hey, Hoynsie: Knowing how the Tribe values controllable starting pitching, especially at the price tag it has them under, would you consider trading Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco? If they do venture down this treacherous path with the Yankees, wouldn’t you demand an extraordinary return from the Yankees? How about Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge? — Jeff, Sydney, Australia.
Hey, Jeff: It’s a delicate situation, but payroll wise it sounds like the Indians are seriously considering moving one of their talented starters. The problem is, at least to me, is that if you trade Kluber you’re never going to get back equal value based on the work he’s done on the mound and in the clubhouse, especially over the last five years.
Plus the Indians aren’t conducting a fire sale. If they trade Kluber, Carrasco or Trevor Bauer, they need big league ready players coming back because they need help in the outfield and bullpen. If they do something like this, they can’t miss.
Clint Frazier. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
Can the Indians bring back Clint Frazier in a deal with Yanks?
Hey, Hoynsie: If the Indians really do trade Corey Kluber to the Yankees, what about getting Miguel Andujar, Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier in return? The Indians could get a couple of our No.1 picks (Sheffield and Frazier) back and some salary relief. — Rich Shawbell, Lake Worth, Fla.
Hey, Rich: If the Indians traded Kluber or another starter to the Yankees, they’d have to get a starter back and it’s possible Sheffield could fill that role. They’d need another major-league ready player to fill a hole in the outfield or bullpen. They’d also need at least one of the Yankees top prospects.
Frazier, an outfielder and the Indians’ No. 1 pick in 2013, could help in the outfield. But he played only 69 games last year after suffering a concussion in spring training. He appeared in 15 games with the Yankees. That would have to be taken into consideration.
The Indians sent Sheffield and Frazier to the Yankees in 2016 as part of the Andrew Miller trade.
Trevor Bauer. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)