Sometimes, straight forward trades are the ones that turn out most effective for both teams involved.
A trade that would meet that criteria for the Indians is a one for one swap with the Cincinnati Reds that sends right-handed pitcher Zach Plesac to the Queen City to exchange slugger Aristides Aquino.
While Mike Clevinger has made his return to the big league squad, Plesac has not. This comes after both right-handers broke the team curfew in Chicago to get to together with friends despite MLB’s strict COVID-19 protocols.
After being sent home to quarantine, Plesac took to social media to explain that the media was making the situation far worse. In his video message posted to Instagram, he spoke and looked into his phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
With the Indians rotation still thriving, moving Plesac for a position of need makes a world of sense. The Reds have a log-jam in their outfield, which is among the deepest in baseball but could use a reliable fourth starter.
Thus, the Indians should be able to obtain Aquino who earned the name the “punisher” after slugging 19 home runs with 47 RBI’s in just 56 games. Due to the Reds outfield depth, he remains at the team’s alternate site and has only had eight MLB at-bats this season.
This deal seems to be one that would benefit not only both teams but both players who no longer fit with their organization and for them to get a fresh start somewhere they are needed immediately.