5 Moves The Cleveland Indians Must Make To Contend For a World Series In 2016

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Aug 16, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (R) talks to home plate umpire Ben May (L) after center fielder Abraham Almonte (not pictured) was called out on a batters inference call in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Trade For A Power Stick

Easier said than done, right? To actually make this happen, the Indians will probably have to part with one of their pitchers this winter.

Didn’t the last slide just build up the importance of adding depth?

You’d be correct.

But a potential trade is one of the reasons Antonetti must continue to add arms to the Tribe’s arsenal.

Fans can complain all they want, but Cleveland won’t pay any big-name free agents, especially considering how burned the franchise must feel after the Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher disasters.

If the Indians have a surplus at a position that other teams covet, it’s young, starting pitchers who are under team control.

Carlos Carrasco would be the most likely to be dealt, based off the rumors that popped up around last July’s trade deadline. The 28-year-old right hander signed a four-year, $22 million extension prior to the season and has team options for 2019 and 2020. Contracts don’t get any more team friendly than that, and the deal should afford Antonetti great flexibility in trading for a young right-handed hitting outfielder under team control for a few season.

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