Cleveland Indians: 9 moves Tribe must make this offseason for 2021

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8. Trade for an outfielder…or?

The Tribe must trade for starting outfielder this offseason. It’s easier said than done, but how the Indians didn’t get an impactful everyday outfielder in the Mike Clevinger is THE great mystery of the 2020 season.

Lindor is the obvious trade chip, but he’s not only card in the Tribe’s deck. Cleveland’s done a really nice job of developing starting pitching. One would think they’d be able to get SOMETHING in return for a quality pitching prospect.

That said, I’d like to see more of Josh Naylor. After a slow start, Naylor came on during the postseason, notching hits in his first five at-bats. Obviously, this by no means guarantees success in 2021, so he’ll be part of the conglomeration of guys the Indians try out.

George Valera could also be an option. He’s turning 20, but the Indians thought enough of him to give him looks at Summer Camp, while then stashing him him at the alternative site.

He was part of the much heralded International free-agent class of 2017, and while he projects as a long shot to make the roster in 2021, he’s got a pretty swing and he could be at The Corner sooner than you’d think.