Cleveland Indians: 5 trade destinations for Mike Clevinger or Zach Plesac

Cleveland Indians Mike Clevinger (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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2. Yankees

The Yankees are the last place you’d want to send an ace quality pitcher, such as Mike Clevinger. But considering this front-of-the-rotation starter could be under club control through 2022 and 2023 if the Indians play the service-time game, he becomes even more valuable.

It’s also worth noting that the Yankees pitching coach is Matt Blake. You probably don’t know the name, but he was a vital part of the Tribe’s developmental staff that brought along Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale and Plesac. New York hired Blake away from the Tribe this past offseason.

The other thing about the Yankees: New York has the players that would entice the Tribe. What if Cleveland could pluck Miguel Andujar, in addition to Deivi Garcia and Clint Frazier?

Andujar would soften the blow from losing Lindor after 2021, while Frazier seems finally poised to breakout (he’s still just 25). He also takes care of that outfield problem. Additionally, Garcia is a top 100 prospect, who could be ready to join the club in 2021.