12. Pick up Carrasco’s option
All the Indians have to do is sign a piece of paper and they’ll have Carlos Carrasco for $9.75 million.
Who said no good players were on the other end of deals involving Cliff Lee.
Carrasco’s the exception to that rule, as he’s cemented as the Tribe’s No. 2 starter.
Carrasco was a 17-game winner this past season, and an 18-game winner in 2017. He’s struck out 200 batters in three of the last four seasons.
Plus, he’s proved to be the Tribe’s most consistent postseason pitcher the past two seasons.
In two starts against the Yankees and Astros, he has a 1.64 ERA spanning 11 innings.
Carrasco has another option for approximately the same dollar amount for the 2020 season.
Earlier, I made the case as to why the Indians should “explore” trading Kluber. Carrasco does’ have the accolades Kluber has, but when healthy, he’d be a pretty stellar option to pair with Trevor Bauer moving forward.