While the Indians are looking up, up and up some more at the first-place Minnesota Twins in the American League Central, there’s an interesting tidbit today about if the team would move one of it’s vaunted starting five within the division.
The report comes from MLB Network insider Ken Rosethnal, who says in his notes column today that the team may entertain moving Trevor Bauer to (of all teams) the club they are looking up at in the Central – the Twins.
While it is unusual for teams to normally trade within the division, it’s happened plenty over the years, and could be a way for the Indians to stockpile some young players while trying to focus on making a run at the wild card.
The Twins could use another starter in their rotation, and while Bauer has had his issues this season (4-6) and is still trying to get back in the win column for the first time since April 30th, his ERA is still a solid 3.71.
Rosenthal writes that the Indians are not ruling out trading within the division if they do become sellers, and that the Bauer’s close relationship with former front office staff member Derek Falvey, now the Twins chief baseball officer, could make a trade make sense.
It remains to be seen how the Indians are going to treat the trade deadline, but as of now there’s more rumblings about them being sellers than buyers as they sit 10.5 back of the Twins in the AL Central.