The MLB offseason is in full swing, and rumors are the bread and butter before all the big signings and trades go down. Now, we can add another big one to the ongoing list.
The AL Central champion-Cleveland Indians are reportedly more willing to trade Trevor Bauer over their other star pitchers. Does that mean Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco are safe, or is the Tribe simply trying to explore all of their options?
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.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 27, 2018
The Indians were originally reported to be more inclined to trade Kluber or Carrasco in talks with other teams at the start of the offseason, but it seems that wasn't the focal point of the team's plans.
Bauer is younger than the other two pitchers, and has plenty of room to grow. Kluber is currently the Indians' second-highest paid player, so moving him to another team made more sense when analyzing trade talks and the team's offseason priorities.
I'm guessing the Indians don't want to face/pay a fourth year of arbitration with Trevor Bauer in 2020 (It could be very expensive). But it also wouldn't surprise to see Bauer out-perform Kluber and Carrasco the next two seasons. https://t.co/2in4veFnVv— Travis Sawchik (@Travis_Sawchik) November 27, 2018
Bauer is set to cost a lot of money for the Indians over the next couple of seasons via arbitration, so money-wise, moving him would be the best move for the organization. On the other hand, Bauer is just about to enter his prime, and may end up being very well worth the cash.
Will Bauer end up on a different team next season? It all depends on what the Indians could get in return.