The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be in discussions about some potential major trades this offseason.
The MLB rumors are beginning to flow consistently as we approach the month of December and the Cleveland Indians are no exception.
The starting rotation is a position group that comes up in rumors, and Yan Gomes‘ name has been added to the rumor mill.
The Indians do indeed need outfielders, but now that Leonys Martin has been cleared to return to normal activity, the need may not be as dire in the offseason.
Then again, the Indians need to continue trying to get better in order to compete for a World Series title. Adding talent is never a bad option. Just think what could have been if the team had added Christian Yelich.
That tweet from Ken Rosenthal once again brings up the fears some Indians fans may have of Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco being traded. At this point in time, I would assume that the front office is simply being diligent by hearing all the available offers. As long as they don’t include Jose Ramirez or Francisco Lindor.
Yasiel Puig is an intriguing option, but he is set to be a free agent after the 2019 season. Joc Pederson is a free agent after the 2020 season, but his career stat lines don’t exactly warrant a deal that involves one of the Indians’ top pitchers.
The possibility of trading Gomes away is interesting. Such a move would clear some space on the payroll, and also allow Eric Haase to join the club on a full-time basis. I find it so interesting because Francisco Mejia was supposed to be the catcher of the future, but was blocked by Gomes. Now Gomes may be gone just months later.
I don’t want to get too into these rumors yet and go overboard, because I am sure the Indians are talking with several teams. Perhaps this news leaked out to speed up the talks with another team.
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What I do know is that the Indians have the ability to make some major upgrades to the roster. It will just come down to parting with some popular, All-Star talent.