Indians acquire: OF Yasiel Puig
Dodgers acquire: RHP Carlos Carrasco
Why it makes sense for Cleveland:
The Indians have a gaping hole in not only their lineup, but their outfield, and have openly been exploring trade options to acquire an outfielder in exchange for one of their surplus of pitching. Puig–with his issues and all–fits the bill. The bottom line is that the Indians need some spark to a franchise that hasn’t made the World Series since 1997, and manager Terry Francona may be able to tone down Puig’s attitude, especially since there’s not much partying to do in Cleveland. Skill-wise, Puig is an exceptional talent, and a five-tool player that has the skill to be one of the best players to ever play the game. Now, he comes with a ton of risk but if Cleveland can acquire him for Carrasco, it’s a deal they will be willing to make.
Why it makes sense for Los Angeles:
Puig needs to get out of LA, and Dodgers’ President Andrew Friedman knows that. How? Well, one reason is because Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw reportedly said getting rid of Puig should be the Dodgers’ number one priority this offseason. Puig has all the talent in the world, but the Dodgers also have a surplus of outfielders, and didn’t even have enough room to start Puig in the NLDS this season. After losing out on Greinke, to get rid of Puig and add Carlos Carrasco–who posted a 3.65 ERA in 2015 and 2.55 ERA in 2014–would be an ideal acquisition for the Dodgers in a deal for Puig, to be able to pair Carrasco with Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, and newly-signed Hisashi Iwakuma.