Four players the Cleveland Indians must get in a trade for Mike Clevinger with the New York Yankees.
No Cleveland Indians fan who bleeds red and blue wants to trade e a front-of-the-rotation starter to the New York Yankees, but the Evil Empire can’t be ignored. There’s other sensible trade destinations, but the truth is, the Yanks have the goods to move.
The Yankees are in need of starting pitching and New York GM Brian Cashman has reached out to the Tribe’s front office, according to SNY TV’s Andy Martino, wrote wrote he’s keeping a “Trained eye” on the Tribe.
The Yankees have some intriguing players, and the Indians should be able to demand quite a package should they Cashman want Clevinger bad enough.
The hard throwing right-hander comes with two-years of club control after this season. Depending on who you ask, he’d be an ace on half the teams in the big leagues.
The Indians have to think long and hard about whether they want to deal Clevinger, whom The Athletic reported is more likely to be dealt than Zach Plesac, per Martino.
I tend to think the Indians will be more likely to move Clevinger this offseason, as his arbitration numbers will continue to rise. As for the rest of 2020, I’ve got to believe he gets a second chance. With he and Plesac in the rotation, the Tribe’s five-man lineup is the best in the big leagues.
The only way I’d move him this season is if there’s no coming back with his teammates in the clubhouse.
Now that the Yankees and the Indians have officially been tied together in trade talks, here’s four prospects the Indians must come away with if they move Clevinger to New York.