Cleveland Indians realistic trade proposals that would improve outfield

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Cleveland Indians Alex Verdugo (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

1. Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers

OK, Alex Verdugo is the Dodgers’ No, 1 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. So why would LA trade him?

Well, for one, he’s s seems to be a man without a roster spot yet again in 2019.

With LA set to start Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor in 2019, Verdugo could be possible trade bait for next season.

This would be a great place to unload Jason Kipnis. With Chase Utley retiring, LA’s going to need a second baseman for 2019 and at $14 million, they certainly can afford it.

Now, I realize Kipnis is a throw-in here. No one on their right mind would part with a top prospect for a guy who’s struggled to hit .220. But the Dodgers have the bank account to absorb Kipnis’ contract.

The Tribe could part with a a current starting pitcher or move some prospects to secure the versatile outfielder  from LA. Perhaps Shane Bieber would get some attention. He’s no longer listed near the top of the Tribe’s prospect rankings, but only because he was a mainstay in the major leagues toward the end of the season.

As for Verdugo, he’ll be 22 until May. He was a second-round choice of the Dodgers in 2014. Despite being really young, the kid’s ready to play, having amassed over 700 at-bats at the Triple-A level.

The Indians should try to get Verdugo because he’s still a player “on the up.” He’s not some Melky Cabrera type fix, nor is he Lonnie Chisenhall.

He’s a great prospect who possesses elite level plate discipline. That’s a good thing since the Indians are likely to lose someone with pretty good plate discipline in Dr. Smooth.

LA will be contenders again in 2019. They could use help bolstering their rotation.

If Verdugo turns out to be a player, perhaps he could help lift the Indians over the hump.

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