In Cleveland Indians trade rumors, there’s been rumblings on the movement of Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes as the offseason gets underway.
As far as Kluber goes, the New York Yankees have him their “list,” according to Fan Cred’s Jon Heyman. New York will also target Carlos Carrasco, according to Heyman.
The national writer also added that there’s no shortage of prospects in the Yankees’ organization, although the Yankees have so much money to throw around, Heyman alluded to the possibility that New York will just keep their farm system in place by instead throwing money at free agents.B
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It’d be hard to trade one of our top arms to the Evil Empire, but the Indians do need to get better in other areas, particularly in the outfield, to truly be contenders for the 2019 World Series.
The idea of trading one of the Indians’ arms to the Yankees to get back former Tribe farm hands Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield was recently written about, and of course, there are pros and cons.
What’s the asking price for Kluber? Its’ big. Real big.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal wrote (subscription) the Indians are looking for something similar as to what the Pirates gave up for Chris Archer and the Red Sox gave up for Chris Sale.
Boston gave up uber prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, while Pittsburgh had to part with , Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and Shane Baz for Archer.
Rosenthal also reported the Indians are getting “hit hard” with trade calls, but as one rival executive noted, Cleveland doesn’t sway much from their asking price, so it won’t be out of this world to see team president Chris Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff make no moves.
Elsewhere around the hot stove, Heyman wrote about the Atlanta Braves need for a catcher.
Don’t look for the Indians to make a move here. Both are stellar defensive catchers, but Perez can’t hit. He’s great to have as someone who can give Gomes a day off while working as Trevor Bauer’s personal catcher.
Gomes had an underrated year at the plate in 2018, hitting 16 homers (.762 OPS). Plus, he’s super affordable with a $9 million price tag for 2019. He’s due $11 million in 2020 and $11 million in the final year of his deal, which will be in 2021.