The latest Cleveland Indians trade rumors have the team in on players such as Bryce Harper, Billy Hamilton, Cameron Maybin and Andrew McCutchen.
The Cleveland Indians are trying to rock the MLB trade deadline with the acquisition of Bryce Harper.
Harper’s an exciting name, but don’t count on deal actually getting done.
With Washington just 5.5 games out of first in the National League East, the expectation, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman cited Nationals’ rivals in stating their belief Washington will play the season out and compete for a playoff spot.
Plus, Heyman added, trading Harper could result in a fan revolt.
He also suggested Haper wouldn’t get the Haul the Orioles got for Manny Machado because the market for shortstops/third baseman is a heckuva lot tighter than it is for outfielders hitting .100 points less.
Let’s get to the meat here. We’re all shocked the Indians are trying to make a move for Harper and in no way should a trade include their top prospects, Trison McKenzie and Shane Bieber. Harper will be a free agent next season, and well, LeBron’s got a better chance of coming back to Cleveland to play basketball next year than Harper does of suiting up in an Indians uniform after 2018.
Take note of what Heyman wrote though regarding Harper’s market. The Indians have a couple of elite prospects, and several “very good” prospects. Maybe their willing to part with the later to add someone of Harper’s caliber.
For what’s its worth, the Nationals are the ones who sent out feelers to other teams in an obvious attempt to do their due dilligence. Perhaps they get blown away by offer and re-sign Harper this winter.