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Could Trevor Bauer Be the Indians Top Starter Dealt This Offseason? Report Says It Very Well Could Be

While the MLB Winter Meetings are still about a week away from kicking off, it sounds more and more like if there’s a big move to be made for the Indians in the annual event, it’s going to happen during the four-day event.

The thought continues to be if a deal will be made, it would be the Tribe dealing of their top starters, but it’s not a given that when you’re saying ‘top starter,’ it’s automatic that it’s either Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrsaco.

Today, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that if there’s a top Indians starter that might be dealt, it could actually be fan favorite Trevor Bauer, who still has plenty of years left on his deal, and had a breakout year in 2018.

Here’s the tweet from Nightengale Tuesday talking about the chance at possibly dealing Bauer instead of Kluber or Carrasco.

Teams talking to the Cleveland #Indians say the Indians are much more inclined to trade Trevor Bauer than Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco. Bauer has 2 years of club control left, but the only one of the starters with cost uncertainty. He has two arbitration years left before FA.

Bauer went 12-6 in 2018 with a 2.21 ERA, was an All-Star, and recorded 221 strikeouts.

Again if the team does deal one of their top three starters, they would need quite a haul in return, most likely Major League ready players (outfield and bullpen would be nice), and even a couple top prospects.

The Indians acquired Bauer in December of 2012 in a three-way trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds.

He joined the rotation in 2014, and in his time with the Indians as a starter has gone 59-47 with a 3.94 ERA in 150 starts.

He made $6.5 million in 2018, and will for sure get another raise for the 2019 season. He is under team control until the 2021 season.

Fans grew to love the 27-year-old more and more for his outspokeness banter on twitter, his section in the bleachers in which he gave away t-shirts, and of course his breakout season didn’t hurt his popularity.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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