1 trade the Cleveland Indians have to avoid
It sounds a bit broad, and quite frankly difficult, but the Cleveland Indians need to avoid trading away pieces of their core, both present and future. That means avoiding the Big Three in the rotation along with players like Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes. But it also means holding on to guys like Bo Naylor, Nolan Jones and Gabriel Arias.
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This might seem like a given, but it hasn’t always been that way. Moving all the starting pitchers that the team has in the last few years has come around to hurt the club this year. They moved talent for the next wave, but in turn created a void between one group and the next with little immediate depth help in the minors.
To the same note, the team doesn’t want to jeopardize the future for one run. Players like Naylor, Jones and Arias are already paving the road for themselves to the big leagues and have shown that they are the future of the club.
So, what can the team trade away? If they become sellers the players are rather clear. Move players on one-year deals to gain something in return. Cesar Hernandez, Eddie Rosario, those types of contracts.
If Cleveland ends up as buyers, we just have to trust in the front office that they are moving the right prospects. The club has a plethora of middle infielders, so that seems like the most likely route, but which one? That’s where the trust comes in and we just have to hope that it isn’t a deal like the Gio Urshela one three years ago that the team comes to regret.