Cleveland Indians: 6 trades targeted by The Athletic’s Jim Bowden

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3. Cleveland Indians target: Gregory Polanco

His best three-year stretch came between 2016-2018, when he hit a combined 56 homers. The eighth-year outfielder is currently batting .203 with seven homers (.632 OPS) for the Pirates.

He’s played a majority of his games at right field, and the same train of thought regarding Calhoun should apply to Polanco. Naylor is fine in right, while Harold Ramirez can be the right-handed stick Tito can lean on once Reyes returns to the DH spot.

If his production isn’t enough to turn you off, then his salary will. The Indians are barely paying anybody, so the Dolans probably don’t want to be on the hook for Polanco’s deal. He’s earning $11 million this season and he has options for $12.5 and $13.5 million over the next two seasons.

Don’t rule the Pirates out as a potential trade partner, but of all Bowden’s suggestions, trading for Polanco makes the least sense.