NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians are working deep into the night on day three into day four trying to make something happen to make their roster better.
All day long the banter surrounded a possible move with two-time shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, and there’s been a variety of reports of different teams that would be involved in a deal with the Tribe shortstop.
The number one team that seems to be connected to the Indians is that of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the pitching prospects the Indians sorely need.
Also being talked about being involved in a huge deal include the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, and now late Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners name has popped up as well.
Many reports have the Rangers taking a hard push for Arizona OF Justin Upton, and the D-Backs would get Cabrera.
As for the Indians, they would get Diamondbacks right handed pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, left-hander Patrick Corbin and Ranger infielder Mike Olt.
Olt is listed as a third basemen, but did play some at first in double A for the Rangers, and the Indians may want him to change positions to play first.
Last season he had a cup of coffee with the Rangers, hitting .152 in 16 games with Texas.
As for the Mariners, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports states that the club managed by former Indians skipper Eric Wedge has their eyes on pitcher Derek Holland, who is now with the Rangers.
Chris Antonetti told 92.3 The Fan on Wednesday that a multi-year deal is tough to pull off with all the moving parts, but if it does get done, it’s easier to get done with all parties in Nashville at the Winter Meetings.
In the end, Rosenthal says the four-team blockbuster “appears unlikely to happen.”