CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Rumors began Tuesday from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports about the Indians having players such as Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Perez on the trading block.
Today, another source says the Indians are talking to new manager Terry Francona’s former team, the Boston Red Sox, about dealing two of its name players – Choo and pitcher Justin Masterson.
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports says that the Red Sox and Indians are talking, and as of now it’s not clear as to how far the talks have gone. There was a report last summer near the trade deadline that Boston had interest in Masterson.
Morosi says that “the Indians are willing to listen to offers for virtually every player on their roster,” which makes sense with a new manager and needing pieces and parts to overcome a roster lacking in a number of areas.
Masterson’s first team in the Majors was Boston, and was traded to the Indians while Francona was the manager in Boston in part of the deal for former Indians catcher Victor Martinez in the summer of 2008.
Morosi says both new Red Sox skipper John Farrell, who was the pitching coach in Boston when Masterson was there, likes the Indians pitcher, but so does Francona.
At this point Choo seems destined to move elsewhere, as he’s in the final year of his deal with the Indians, and the Tribe doesn’t want him to hit free agency and get nothing for him.
If he doesn’t get moved this offseason, there’s almost no shot he will be with the team past the 2013 trade deadline. Plus after their unloading of the roster in 2012, the Red Sox have the payroll to pay Choo, and pay him well, unlike the Indians.