Both Lindor and Ramirez are young enough to draw a high price on the trade market, but that might not necessarily be the case for Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco will be 34-years old when the 2021 season begins, but being a solid starter he could still draw enough interest for the Cleveland Indians to at least think about trading him.
Carrasco is a favorite of both the players and fans and could very easily end his career in Cleveland. The catch, though, is his contract. The Indians only have a few contracts on the books for next year between arbitration, options, etc. However, of what is set in stone for next year Carrasco has the highest price.
During the 2021 season, Carrasco is set to make $12 million. After next year, he has two years left that will cost another $12 million in 2022 and then $14 million in 2023. Paying $38 million to a pitcher that can be replaced and will be 36-years old when his contract ends is a lot for a team attempting to cut payroll.
While most everybody involved with the Indians would like to see Carrasco stay, the reality is that he is expendable. The Indians have plenty of starting pitchers in the minors that can step up at a much cheaper price. Should the Indians hear an offer they like for Carrasco, he could very well be in a different uniform next season.