The Cleveland Indians came so close to winning the World Series two years ago today, but instead settled for one of the greatest moments in baseball history in Rajai Davis' eighth-inning home run in the loss.
Now, it looks like some of the guys who played key roles for the Tribe during that run may not be on the team next season.
Cleveland is faced with financial constraints, and reportedly may shop some big pieces in the offseason, including two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.
Faced with market constraints, the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter, according to sources. Kluber, Carrasco, Encarnacion, Gomes, etc. Lindor, Ramirez will definitely be held.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 2, 2018
This report comes the same day as the news that Cleveland won't be extending qualifying offers to multiple veterans, including lifelong Indian Michael Brantley, and big-name relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen.
The Indians are not extending qualifying offers to Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller, Cody Allen or anyone else.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) November 2, 2018
While it's for sure that the Indians won't be trading ALL those names, as they're looking to contend again next year, some of these moves would make a lot of sense. Kluber is 32 and has not pitched the same in the playoffs over the last two years as he did in 2016. While I'd bet on the Tribe hanging onto Carrasco and Gomes, they have a lot of power in that lineup to the point where Encarnacion may be expendable, especially if they can get a nice return.
Whether or not these moves actually happen, it's clear that some changes are coming in Cleveland -- changes that will hopefully put the team in a position to contend for years to come.