By T.J. Zuppe | 92.3 The Fan

With free agency an unlikely route for the Cleveland Indians to drastically improve this winter, trade discussions will be absolutely critical for Chris Antonetti.

The Tribe’s controllable and affordable pitching makes them an appetizing trade partner for a number of clubs, and according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, a number of teams have already reached out to Cleveland about a swap for a starter.

Carlos Carrasco was a name linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline, but outside of the Dodgers opening up to the idea of dealing outfielder Yasiel Puig, the clubs don’t pack the ammunition likely needed to acquire the righty from the Indians.

Perhaps Kevin Pillar or Ben Revere of Toronto could be interesting fits for Cleveland. Brett Gardner of the Yankees could also be of interest to the Indians.

However, all three of those names alone are not likely to fetch Carrasco or Danny Salazar. On the other hand, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin or Cody Anderson might also be of interest to clubs seeking starting pitching.

The starting depth Cleveland possesses gives them great leverage in any discussion. And with so many more rumors yet to be whispered prior to next month’s Winter Meetings, none are worth getting too excited about yet.



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