If the reports are true, there are likely a lot of teams calling the Cleveland Indians front office to inquire about some big names. We see who those teams could be.
Saying goodbye is hard, but the Cleveland Indians could be doing plenty of that soon. With reports circling that nearly everyone on the team is up for grabs, the Indians front office is probably busy taking a lot of phone calls.
There are contenders and rebuilding teams that are taking a serious look at how they can dissect this Indians roster. Sure the Indians are trying to get prospects and picks that can help this team stay relevant, but it’ll come at the cost of household names.
With the loaded chamber of pitchers that they have, including Carlos Carrasco with a team-friendly contract, that would likely be where teams will start looking.
Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels
These are two teams that are on the cusp in the AL West. They have a lot of really good parts, but both teams lack depth in their rotation. The Mariners have some respectable arms in their rotation, but adding someone like Trevor Bauer or Mike Clevinger would give them a huge push. It could even be enough to end the postseason drought.
The Angels lack a true ace in their rotation. They strike me as one of the teams that would take a good look at Corey Kluber. Kluber would make the Angels feel like a real threat especially with some of the incredible talents they have on defense.
New York Yankees
I would likely be sick if I saw one of the beloved Indians players heading off to the Yankees, but it’s not out of the question. The Indians would trade away their star players for a washing machine as the Marlins did. Still, the Yankees may be interested in some of the Indians rotation pieces. It would certainly help them in their pursuit of the Red Sox.
They could also look to the Tribe bullpen if the likes of Brad Hand and Nick Goody are available. One of the few things that make this enticing is that the Yankees have a good farm system and could send Cleveland some young talent.
Tampa Bay Rays
If the Rays want to stay in the American League East race, they have to build on their roster. Who knows how long their opener strategy will work, but adding a guy like Carrasco or Bauer to their rotation will likely make the strain easier on their bullpen.
The Rays could also some infield help. Seeing as Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez are unavailable they’d be left looking at Yonder Alonso and Yandy Diaz. Since the Rays will be losing Wilson Ramos to free agency, they could also take a chance on Yan Gomes. The Rays are another team with a strong farm system that could send the Indians some pretty good prospects, so this one doesn’t sting as bad.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers window is far from closed. They just extended Clayton Kershaw and they’ll be getting Corey Seager back from the DL. If the Dodgers want to prime themselves for another run, they should look no farther than Cleveland.
They’re another team that could use the likes of Bauer, Clevinger, Carrasco, and maybe even Shane Bieber. Yan Gomes could give them a boost behind the plate following their loss of Yasmani Grandal. Adding just one of those Indians pitchers would give LA arguably the best rotation in the National League.
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These are just a few teams that I think will make serious offers to the Indians. There are sure to be more out there, but the aforementioned teams would benefit the most from a blockbuster deal with the Tribe. I don’t want any of this to happen, but if it’s over at least the Indians can get something out of it.