Cleveland Indians: Five prospects to pursue in trades this offseason

Wander Franco #80 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Jesus Sanchez, Cleveland Indians
Jesus Sanchez #76 of the Miami Marlins (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins

Not only do the Miami Marlins have multiple prospects that could draw the attention of the Cleveland Indians, but they have multiple outfielders as well. In addition to Bleday, the Indians could also look to target Jesus Sanchez, the No. 76 prospect in baseball and the Marlins’ No. 5 prospect.

With the Marlins sneaking into the playoffs this year, they could be looking to add the final piece to their team while the Indians will be looking for multiple prospects. All signs are pointing to Lindor to Miami being a strong possibility.

As for Sanchez, he isn’t as intriguing as Bleday, but isn’t too far off from his ability. Sanchez did play 10 games for Miami this year and saw little success, but his minor league statistics speak much better to his potential. Spending five seasons in the minors, Sanchez appeared in 464 games while maintaining a slash line of .296/.342/.459 with 50 home runs and 304 RBI.

If the Indians enter talks with the Marlins they will have to decide on if they want multiple top 10 prospects, or one top three prospect. That could be the difference between Bleday and Sanchez. While Bleday is the better of the pair, the Indians will get less in addition to him than they would with Sanchez.