The race in the NL Central was incredibly tight this past season, so really any of the teams in that division could be looking to make a splash. However, it seems like we can’t talk about a trade by the Cleveland Indians without mentioning the Cincinnati Reds as a possible partner. The two Ohio teams have been linked in the past and that could be the case again in a Jose Ramirez deal.
The Reds played Eugenio Suarez at third during the 2020 season, but Suarez can play shortstop as well, replacing Jose Garcia who struggled at times this past year. That would give the Reds an infield consisting of Ramirez, Suarez, Mike Moustakas and of course Joey Votto.
The one barrier here is deciding where the Cincinnati Reds are as a club. If they want to start saving money, then this deal obviously doesn’t make sense. However, if they are willing to go all in, then Ramirez could be the perfect fit.
His contract isn’t too outrageous and they would still have plenty of money left over from what Trevor Bauer left behind. The key would just be finding the right prospects to offer the Indians. The top players in the Reds’ organization are pitchers, which the Tribe seem to have plenty of for the time being.