Thanks to the 2015 New York Mets, everybody in baseball has seen what a team built around elite young starting pitching can accomplish. The Indians have quietly amassed a starting rotation that has become one of the best in baseball, anchored by 2014 Cy Young winner Corey Kluber and followed by quality arms such as Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Cleveland, however, has had trouble fielding a competitive team behind their rotation. They desperately need outfielders more than anything – especially now that Michael Brantley, their one healthy/good option, will probably miss the beginning of the season due to shoulder surgery. The small-market Indians aren’t about to pay up for a top free agent, either. You see where this is going, don’t you? Cleveland has made it known that they will trade anybody on their staff (except Kluber, probably) for the right price, and it sounds as if the Rockies would love some starting pitching:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 17, 2015
Given CarGo’s age and contract, it’s probably reasonable to expect more of a Trevor Bauer type as the return in a hypothetical Colorado/Cleveland deal. Still, given the shape the Rockies pitching staff has been in the past few years, they’d be more than happy to accept that offer. Cleveland desperately needs a slugger to anchor their lineup, so it’s hard not to imagine them making a run at Gonzalez at this point.