It is known that the Indians could look to trade catcher Kelly Shoppach this offseason. The reasoning is to improve one of their holes while keeping Victor Martinez behind the plate. Then, they could either give Ryan Garko another shot at first base, or they could sign a free agent like Jason Giambi. They’re looking for a veteran starting pitcher, a late inning reliever, and an infield bat. The Reds, Red Sox, Tigers, and Marlins are possibilities for Shoppach. How about Bronson Arroyo and cash from the Reds for Shoppach? I favor the Reds a bit in this trade, but it still makes sense. The Reds would replace Arroyo with Homer Baily. The Red Sox could offer a young pitcher like Michael Bowden, but that’s if the Indians would accpet a young pitcher in return. I have no idea what the Tigers could offer. They don’t have anything the Indians want, and their in the same division. The Marlins make the most sense to me. They could fill two of the Indians holes easily. Kelly Shoppach for Kevin Gregg and Scott Olsen. The Indians bring in a verteran starter to add a bit more depth to their rotation. Gregg is a solid, cheap closer. The costs of all combined would probably only equal about an extra 5 million for the Tribe. So that would leave them with 10 million to sign a big infield bat through free agency. This trade makes sense for the Fish, too. They cut 10 million in salary between this trade and the Mike Jacobs deal, as well as open up a spot for prospects Chris Coghlan and Andrew Miller. Kevin Gregg wasn’t a necessary part of this team because of all the other bullpen talent on their team. The best part about it is that they can fill their weakest link last year: catcher. I like this trade for both teams.
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I am going to make a trade market post, where I put down all the meaningful players on the trade block. I will put this in order of how good the players are the same way I did it in the Free Agent Market series. There will be a link on the players I have done in my player market series. Any player already traded will be underlined. This will be a sidebar link.
- Bengie Molina
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia
- Gerald Laird
- Kelly Shoppach (If the Indians keep Victor Martinez at catcher)
- Ramon Hernandez
- Prince Fielder
- Ryan Howard
- Mike Jacobs
- Garret Atkins
- Dan Uggla
- Brian Roberts
- Kelly Johnson (Only if Braves rebuild)
- JJ Hardy
- Jack Wilson
- Matt Holliday
- Rick Ankiel
- Randy Winn
- Josh Willingham
- Juan Pierre
- David DeJesus
- Rick Ankiel
- Randy Winn
- Juan Pierre
- Brian Giles (Only if the club option gets picked up)
- Rick Ankiel
- Randy Winn
- Roy Halladay (Only in the Blue Jays decide to rebuild)
- Jake Peavy (Only if blown away)
- Zack Greinke (Only if blown away)
- Matt Cain (Only if blown away)
- Nick Blackburn (Only for a good, young hitter)
- Edwin Jackson (Only him or Sonnanstine)
- Jonathan Sanchez (Only for a good, young, hitter)
- Andy Sonnanstine (Only him or Jackson)
- Scott Olsen
- Huston Street
- George Sherrill
- Ron Mahay
- Kevin Gregg
- BJ Ryan
You can see there are not many so far. I will update this as I think of more.
The Clevland Indians are the hottest team in the MLB. They don’t have that many holes. They need to get a closer, shortstop/third baseman, second baseman, and starter in the offseason. They have a decent amount of money to spend, and have all the core players they had when they were one game away from the world series except CC Sabathia. But Cliff Lee has been just as good if not better than CC this year. They need to add a high OBP player to put at the top of their lineup so they can move Grady Sizemore down to the #3 hole. Orlando Hudson is a perfect fit here. He can bat leadoff and is a second baseman. The Tribe has enough money to afford O-Dawg and I think they will sign him. If they get him, they still need to add a closer. Brandon Lyon makes a lot of sense. They will be big players for Brian Fuentes, but I think he signs with the more successfull and west coast team Angels. Brandon Lyon is affordable and will help their bullpen a lot. For the shortstop or third baseman signing, I think Nomar Garciaparra makes sense. They can switch off Garciaparra and Jhonny Peralta at shorstop and third base. They also need to add a starting pitcher for depth. Cliff Lee and Fausto Carmona form arguably the best 1-2 punch in the AL, but after that there isn’t much. They have Aaron Laffey, Jeremy Sowers, and Anthony Reyes as there 3-4-5. They could aquire this in a trade. It is likely that they move DLed catcher Victor Martinez to first base with Kelly Shoppach as the catcher. They could do that or they could sign a guy like Jason Giambi to play first base and keep Victor Martinez at catcher. That would open up Shoppach as a trade chip. They could trade Shoppach back to his former team, the Red Sox. I’m sure they would have interest in him. Maybe Shoppach for Michael Bowden, if things don’t work out for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. This is just another option. They could spend the money they would’ve spent on Giambi and use it on a starter. One of the three young guys have to step up for the Tribe to compete, at least as long as it takes for Jake Westbrook to return from injury. The Indians have a lot of wild cards like will Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez return well from injury? Will one of the young players in the rotation step up to be the #3? Will Adam Miller fianlly stay healthy? If he does, can he and Matt LaPorta be key contibuters? Can Rafeal Bentancourt return to form? All of these questions must be answered. The amount of right answers will tell whether the Indians make it to the ALCS again or have a repeat performance of 2008.
I have noticed that many team could either decide to rebuild or retool this offseason. There were 2 teams like this last year. The White Sox and A’s were both very good teams in ’06, but bad in ’07. The A’s decided to rebuild, the White Sox decided to retool. Both have worked out for the teams, as the White Sox are in a penante race, (I picked them to win their division here) and the A’s have arguably the best farm system in the MLB. This year, the Indians, Tigers, Braves, Rockies and Blue Jays are teams sitting on the fence. The Indians were 1 game away from the world series last year, the Tigers with the Indians all the way in that division, the Rockies made it to the world series. The Braves and Blue Jays each were contnders, also. I don’t know what these teams WILL do but this is what I think they SHOULD do.
The Indians- Retool. This is a bad team with a lot of holes as says our Offseason Needs sidebar link. But other than CC Sabthia, they still have all the core guys that got them so close last year. They need a shortstop or third basemen, which will be hard to find. They need a second basemen, which should be easier. They need a bullpen makeover, and a starter. This division is noth good, though. They have enough money to get a player like Orlando Hudson. They can move Victor Martinez to first and leave Kelly Shoppach as the catcher. They also could settle with using a guy like Asdrbal Cabrera at shortstop and move Jhonny Peralta to third base. There are a few relievers avalable tat suit the Indians. And they could get a number four starter. It will be tough, but I think retooling makes more sense that rebuilding.
Tigers- Retool. They also have a lot of holes, and play in the weak AL Central. They could get a decent starter, though, off the cheap. Could add a bullpen arm, and there are a lot of left fielders. The will have to settle woth Inge as a catcher, and I don’t think they have anyone for shortstop. I think there is a better chance of the Indians competing next year.
Rockies- Retool. This team has only 3 holes, and could fill them via free agency. Clint Barmes could eb their second basemen, that leaves pitching. They need a lot of it, but I think that they can compete in the VERY weak NL West.
Blue Jay- Rebuild. They have no hitting at all, and play in arguably baseball tougest division. They have to face it that they can’t score, and don’t have the financial resorces of the Red Sox and Yankees. Or the farm system of the Tampa Bay Rays. They need to rebuild to get a farm like the Rays so they can compete.
Braves- Rebuild. To compete, they’ll need 2 big arms and a big bat. I thought they could retool, but when Tim Hudson went down with Tommy John surgery, I changed my mind. If they don’t have him for a lot of ’09, they can’t compete. They don’t have much to trade, but don’t sign any major free agents and spend a lot in the draft. Just take one off year, then come back and when guys like Jordon Scafher and Gorks Hernandez are ready and start retooling.
There you have it. This is what I think these teams should do, but soem won’t. Like the Braves. I don’t think Bobby Cox will let the team rebuild, but they should.