The Cleveland Indians need to improve and will likely be operating on a tight budget. That allows for some trades to be made this offseason.
The Cleveland Indians are all about staying competitive on a budget.
That is why a $300 million deal for Francisco Lindor doesn’t seem too likely. But that is a story for another day.
For now I want to focus on a few players who could be traded this offseason. Operating on such a tight budget means the front office could be looking to move some expensive talent in order to acquire younger, cheaper talent that is under team control for years to come.
At this point I won’t include Lindor. I highly doubt he will be traded this offseason unless he openly requests one, and he doesn’t seem like that type of guy.
Instead I landed on three pitchers who could end up in trade talks. When going through the position players it was hard to pick out one player who stands out in a potential trade. That would be different if the Indians were rebuilding and were looking to move a contract like Carlos Santana‘s.
The contention window prevents such a drastic move from taking place. At least right now. Things could change by July. Once again, a story for another day.
Trades in the recent past have brought in guys like Oscar Mercado, Daniel Johnson, Franmil Reyes, and Mike Clevinger. A few more this offseason could seem tough at first, but may bring in the stars of tomorrow to ensure the Indians keep contending for years to come.