With 3 weeks to go until the MLB trade deadline, the Indians look like certain buyers. The rotation is likely the best in baseball and the lineup has been surprisingly productive. Buster Olney has them ranked as the second best team in baseball, trailing only the Giants. While the team is playing great, there is always room for improvement. Another bat and bullpen help seem to be the most likely needs the team will address during the season. Hopefully the team can add some more help without giving up either of their top two prospects in Clint Frazier or Bradley Zimmer, creating a bright future in the OF. Let’s take a look at some of the names out there that make sense for the Indians and the chances they come to the Land.
COL OF Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez would be the ultimate home run for the Indians at the trade deadline. He’s a former MVP finalist, Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger winner, and All-Star and is having one of the best seasons of his career. He’s got a great bat hitting .318 with 18 HR’s this year to go along with some plus speed and defense in the corner outfield. The problem is going to be the cost of getting him. At 30 years old, and on the books for 20 million next year, that could be a doable contract because he would make the Indians the clear front runners in the AL. What they would have to get up to get him may cause the balk. I don’t see the Rockies trading him without giving up at least Frazier or Zimmer, if not both. Think back to the Ubaldo trade a few years ago and the Indians giving up two top pitching prospects to land him as well as a couple others. The Rockies don’t have to trade him if they don’t want to and they are going to have to get an offer so good they can’t turn it down to move him.