3 players Cleveland Indians could trade and still remain competitive

Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Eddie Rosario
Eddie Rosario #9 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Any Cleveland Indians Outfielder

This is where we’re cheating the headline a bit. Yeah, we named only three specific players, but this is the reality of the Cleveland Indians outfield. There isn’t one player that is playing above everyone else. Harold Ramirez is really the only healthy one of the group that could hurt more than anyone else. The rest of the outfield could all be moved and the team would be able to carry on.

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If anyone in the outfield could draw trade interest it would be Eddie Rosario. He’s on a one-year deal, making him a rental for a contender. His numbers are down and he’s injured, so his market probably isn’t that big. However, to the same note he could leave in free agency so why not try and get something in return?

Beyond Rosario, pretty much everyone is on the same level. If there’s a team that is looking for a depth outfielder, the Cleveland Indians have them covered. Whether it be Bradley Zimmer, Oscar Mercado, Daniel Johnson or even Jordan Luplow, the team can survive without one of them.

Odds are the phones won’t be ringing off the hook for any of those players, but even a small offer could get the deal done. Why not get a prospect and clear a spot in the crowded outfield to try and get a better look at one of the other players with extended playing time.

The fact of the matter is that no outfielder in Cleveland is detrimental to the success of the team. And I’m not counting Franmil Reyes as an outfielder, he’s solely the designated hitter for this purpose. Beyond that, take any player out of this unit and the production doesn’t really change, meaning any of them could easily be moved from Cleveland’s perspective.

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