Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays blockbuster deal
This is the pie-in-the-sky deal for the Cleveland Indians, but it isn’t impossible. There’s a lot to like for both sides in this deal and might be more realistic than many people initially think, but also requires a long-term deal for Lindor in Toronto.
Bo Bichette has been impressive in his short tenure in the majors, playing just 75 games. While the sample size is small, the numbers still draw attention. In the majors, Bichette has slashed .307/.347/.549 while hitting 16 home runs and 27 doubles. His fielding could use a little work with a .964 fielding percentage, but that could improve with time.
Bichette is a step up from Biggio, so the Indians offer has to step up in return. That change is in the pitcher which now becomes Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco is another player that was brought to Cleveland by Shapiro, which could increase interest.
For the Indians, Carrasco is the veteran of the rotation at 33-years old and with plenty of rising prospects could become expendable. A fan favorite, it’s tough to see a player like Carrasco in a different uniform, but given what the Indians would receive in this deal, it might be worth it.
Zimmer also stays in the deal to make it more appealing to Toronto. For Shapiro, he would deal two younger players for three Indians that he’s more than familiar with and could help the Blue Jays get over the hump in the American League.