While just about everyone in baseball is walking about the massive Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center during the three-day baseball marathon, there could be pressure to try and get something done, something that could lead to a bad deal, and something that teams have to try and avoid.
“We actually joke about that a lot, we try to make sure that we don’t alter our decision making process just because we are sitting at a hotel room in Nashville,” Antonetti said.
“It’s not always easy to do but we remind ourselves to try and maintain that same approach.”
The last time the Indians brass were in Nashville at the Winter Meetings, they left empty-handed, only to later on in the winter to make deals to get Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, two players at the time they felt would be a big part of their future.
Now three years later, the focus is on the Indians pitching staff, and if the team is willing to make a deal to move an arm that could in turn land them an outfielder or key player offensive player on their roster.
“We’re not looking to trade any of those guys – at all,” Antonetti said of the current starting five. “That’s not something we are motivated to do, but again for any player there’s a right value to where it would make sense, and our criteria would be does it make us better for 2016 and beyond.
“All of those guys are very meaningful parts of our 2016 team, so any trade would have to meet a pretty high criteria.”
For the first time in what seems forever the Indians have depth at the starting pitching spot, and they are going to do what’s best for the franchise before they just go and give up someone that is expected to be a big part of the team’s future.
“We do feel good about the group of guys we have, not only about the guys returning but about the guys we have at the upper levels of our minor leagues,” Antonetti said.
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