Report: Cubs, Indians discussing Carlos Carrasco trade

The Chicago Cubs continue to look for a starting pitcher and the team is in discussions with the Cleveland Indians about right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

Carrasco was nearly acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays, but a deal fell apart near the “finish line” and instead the Blue Jays acquired David Price from the Detroit Tigers, which if you ask me isn’t a bad fallback option.

Carrasco, 28, is having a decent year, going 11-8 in 21 starts to go along with a 4.03 ERA and 140/27 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

What is really intriguing about Carrasco is how team-friendly his contract is. He is scheduled to make no more than $9.5 million per season through 2020 and has two club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons that are worth $9 million and $9.5 million, respectively.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com speculates that if the Cubs and Indians do agree to a Carrasco trade, that a deal centered around Javier Baez and Billy McKinney makes sense.

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