Francisco Mejia for Chris Archer and Corey Dickerson
The idea of adding Chris Archer to the Indians rotation is too tantalizing, especially since the 2017 rotation, as a whole, didn’t live up to expectations.
Mejia is one of baseball’s top prospect for a reason. He was batting .350 around the minor league All-Star break. He finished with a .297 average (.847 OPS). He was a September call up for the Tribe and even earned his first big-league hit without playing a lick in Triple-A.
For the Tribe, Archer’s the one that got away. He was a fifth-round pick in 2006
I don’t think it happens. If the Indians were going to trade Mejia, they would’ve done it before last season’s trade deadline.
Archer fits the bill for what the Tribe looks for in a player. He’s an elite talent who is affordable. He carries a team option that means he could be a member of the Tribe through the 2021 season. For four years of Archer, the Tribe must absolutely do this deal…and then ask for more.
Dickerson is a product of the Rockies organization who has found success in Tampa. The 28-year-old made the All-Star team last season, and ended the year batting .282 (.815 OPS).
With the uncertainty of Michael Brantley in left field, Dickerson could help out, although he’d be another left-handed stick in an outfield loaded with them. He can be a free agent in 2020.