Eddie Rosario – outfielder
Much like Austin Hedges, Eddie Rosario could be someone on the way out regardless of what happens for the rest of the season. He hit only three home runs from June to July and sits at seven on the season. This is after averaging around 27 home runs over the last four years (with the fourth year being adjusted to reflect a regular-season statically for Rosario). At this rate, Rosario will have 13 home runs for the year, and that’s not good for a guy who was known for his home run hitting power.
Rosario is playing fine but he’s on a one-year deal and a trade may get the Tribe an interesting prospect or two. Maybe not a Top-20 guy, but maybe someone with a one-note talent set that could possibly develop over time. A big-time power hitter with no defense, a great defensive player who’s lucky to hit .230, a pitcher with amazing control but an 88 MPH fastball, or a 102 MPH flamer thrower with no accuracy whatsoever.
Rosario won’t fetch you a prized prospect from even the most desperate teams, but who knows, maybe the Padres will continue their trend of overpaying for everything and go after him.
The team should be willing to part ways with him at the deadline regardless of the direction of the club this year. Even if the team was surging, this would be the recommendation, because Rosario isn’t a consistent piece of the offense, and there should be no debate about if he’s worth a second contract for the Indians in 2022.
He’s simply not.