Cleveland Indians: Three trade possibilities for Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Vidal Brujan, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians
Vidal Brujan #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Tribe receive three top 20 prospects from Tampa Bay

If the Cleveland Indians can afford the contract of Jose Ramirez, then the Tampa Bay Rays should be able to as well. While Joey Wendle has been productive for the Rays, Ramirez would be an upgrade at the position and could be viewed as the missing link between Tampa Bay and a World Series title, should they fall short this year.

What it could cost the Tampa Bay Rays would be three of their top 20 prospects, the first being middle infielder Vidal Brujan, the team’s No. 3 prospect. The Rays already have a young middle infield duo with the No. 1 prospect in baseball waiting to take one of the spots, so parting with Brujan seems logical. Known for his speed, Brujan stole 151 bases over 399 games in the minors while maintaining a slash line of .294/.377/.417.

The second piece in the deal would be yet another rumored outfielder for the Indians in Josh Lowe, the Rays’ No. 10 prospect. In 2019, Lowe was able to knock 18 home runs in Double-A over 121 games while also stealing 30 bases.

The third player from Tampa Bay in the deal is No. 18 prospect, corner infielder Kevin Padlo who put up a slash line of .290/.400/.595 at Triple-A during the 2019 season and could slide in soon for the Cleveland Indians.