The Indians sent over Eddie Rosario to the Atlanta Braves for Pablo Sandoval and, well, that’s it. Talk about a bust of a trade. Granted, there were plenty of negatives going on with Rosario before the trade. He was on a one-year deal which isn’t going to raise his trade value. He was having his career-worst year, which again, isn’t going to help with his trade value and he was currently injured when the trade was made.
All of that hurt his value.
Still, though, to only get back Sandoval, a player the team clearly didn’t want? That’s not a great trade by any means. The fact the Indians didn’t get anything back at all of value, not even a throwaway minor leaguer is disconcerting. It’s very possible that it was Rosario and not the Tribe, who pushed hard for a trade, which would explain why the Indians took back whatever they could get for him. With that said, Sandoval isn’t even on the team anymore, having been released by the Indians just hours after the trade was finalized.
It’s hard to say this trade made the Indians better at all. Sure, it opened up a roster spot on the 25 and 40-Man rosters, but that doesn’t mean it helped things.