Now, rumors have emerged that the Indians want to deal for Price, because of a report that stated the Indians have instructed scouts to monitor Tampa prospects. These players would accompany Price in the trade.
Obviously, the asking price for the former Cy Young Award winner would be steep, but the Indians have the assets to unload.
While it’s a lot to send away, it doesn’t appear Francisco Lindor would be included in the deal. It’s no surprise, considering the amount of time the Indians have committed to his development. With Asdrubal Cabrera‘s time as an Indian running out, don’t look for general manager Chris Antonetti to move the heir apparent at short stop.
But don’t be surprised if Antonetti makes a major splash. Remember, it was Antonetti who moved two first round prospects to acquire Ubalado Jimenez in 2011.
Santana’s other position, first base, seems to be the only place Nick Swisher can pay (although it can be a struggle to watch). The Tribe could miss Santana at DH, as the switch-hitter has provided the little power that has been displayed at Progressive Field over the past few seasons.
Meanwhile Salazar might’ve been the hottest prospect this off season. However, his stock has probably plummeted after a rough first month to the season. He’s struggled at Class AAA Columbus too, but has been better of late, giving up two or fewer earned runs in three of his last four starts.
Price can be a free agent in 2016, according to baseball reference.com
Would you deal Santana, Salazar and prospects for Price?