The Cleveland Indians giving right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco a two-year contract extension makes things a bit clearer as we move forward and head into the Winter Meetings next week.
The Indians exercised Carrasco's $10.25 million option for the 2020 season, while concurrently signing him to a two-year extension that runs through the 2022 season and includes a vesting option for the 2023 season.
Carrasco was in town this week to finalize the process. Would anticipate an official announcement soon. https://t.co/MayfF814em— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) December 6, 2018
Cleveland has been a topic of starting pitching trade conversations for weeks now, especially among teams hoping to steal from one of the elites. With Carrasco being locked up, that would have to mean that Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer are the two names they are willing to move if the price is right.
And moving Bauer seems to be a priority.
It's hard to imagine the Indians trading both Kluber and Bauer, but with their intent on making a move to augment other parts of their roster while creating some future financial flexibility, it appears one of them is most definitely on the move.
And you can't rule out both.