3. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
What was originally expected to the be the weakest part of the team entering the season, the Tribe’s outfield has performed extremely well thus far, even without Brantley for the majority of the season.
Jose Ramirez has been phenomenal in both left field and third base. Rookie Tyler Paquin has performed better than anyone expected. Rajai Davis has had a career-revival year and Lonnie Chisenhall has returned to his pre-All-Star-break 2014 form.
However, with Juan Uribe disappointing at third base and the latest development in Brantley’s rehabilitation – yet another MRI scheduled for discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder – another outfielder would be a great addition for the Indians. Ramirez can move to third base to shore up the infield, and another corner outfielder can be added as a starter, allowing Naquin, Davis, and Chisenhall to platoon in the other two outfield spots until Brantley (hopefully) returns.
If the Indians want to go all-out, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez would be a star-studded acquisition for this World Series-hopeful team. The perennial All-Star outfielder is having yet another tremendous season, batting .318 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs. The long-time Rockies’ slugger is once again, entrenched in a losing season, and if things do not change quickly for Colorado, Gonzalez could finally be on the move.
Gonzalez is under contract through the rest of this season and next season, but following the 2017 campaign, CarGo is free to leave the Rockies. With the lack of success the team has had recently, there is a good change he will leave them and the Rockies will get nothing in return.
The Indians and Rockies have made trades in the past – most recently when Ubaldo Jimenez was sent to Cleveland. This rapport, plus the myriad of outfielders the Indians have at their disposal, could make a deal possible. While there has been no contact known between the two clubs about a potential trade, Gonzalez is apparently open to be traded, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports recently said he is “frustrated and amenable to a trade.”
The Rockies would likely have to be blown away to trade CarGo, so it would definitely take a package of a few of the Indians’ top prospects – Zimmer, Frazier, Aiken and Clevinger – for a deal to be struck.