Cleveland Indians: Three teams that could trade for Carlos Carrasco

Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
2 of 4
Cleveland Indians, Carlos Carrasco
Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have never been afraid to spend a little of money and given the state of their starting pitching, they might be willing to pay up and call the Cleveland Indians about Carlos Carrasco.

This past season the Cardinals were 28th in Major League Baseball for WAR when it came to starting pitching with only the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates totaling a worse figure. This might be a bit surprising given the name recognition of Jack Flaherty, Carlos Martinez and Miles Mikolas, but as a unit they struggled a bit.

Adding another veteran to the rotation could help stabilize the group as a whole. Despite the sometimes unreliable starting pitching, the Cardinals still finished with a 30-28 record, finishing second in the NL Central and making the playoffs.

With many of the pieces from last year returning, the Cardinals could be a prime candidate to explore the idea of adding a player like Carlos Carrasco. They might be just one or two players away from getting over the hump and a veteran like Carrasco can make that difference, especially at a position as important as a starting pitcher.

On the plus side for Cleveland, the Cardinals have plenty of prospects to offer in return that are intriguing and could contribute in the near future.