1. Cleveland Indians trade with Blue Jays
Blue Jays upper management developed Jose Ramirez in the early 2010s when they were working for the Tribe, so familiarity is there. Plus, his contract would be attractive to a team that’s largely made up of younger talent and ready to compete for a championship.
An infield of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first, Cavan Biggio and second, Bo Bichette at short and J-Ram at third could certainly create some thunder come October.
If the Indians trade Ramirez, the organization needs to get the very best, as he’s one of the best bargains in baseball.
In a deal, the Tribe should be looking for Jordan Groshans, who is currently the Blue Jays No. 3 rated prospect. He’s currently batting .298 (.836 OPS) at Class AA. I know, I know. The Indians have middle infielders.
Here’s the thing: Shortstops are typically the best athlete on the team. They can be moved to other spots. Rick Manning was a shortstop. Amed Rosario may very well end up playing center field. Groshans is a potential superstar and I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to secure him as part of a package.
Other potential prospects in the deal include Adam Kloffenstein, a pitcher who’s currently rated as the sixth best prospect in the organization. He’s at high A, so it’ll be a couple of years until he’s ready.