Fox Sport’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are exploring the possibilities of trading starting pitcher Fausto Carmona in order to clear space on the books to acquire free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.
Earlier this morning, we linked to a piece regarding Hudson possibly joining the Indians – an acquisition that would be the biggest move that the Tribe would have made through the entire off-season. The main issues are two-fold: it would be one season too late and the team is now in full-fledged penny-pinching mode.
A trade of Carmona, who is slated to make $4.9 million this season and $6.1 the next, would possibly clear enough space to acquire the talented second baseman. The team holds a club option for Carmona for 2013, but as fans have seen over the last year, “club option” is Indians front office speak for “let’s trade this guy, pronto.”
The unfortunate part, for those looking to part ways with Carmona, is that his value peaked two seasons ago and it has been down hill ever since. In 2009, Carmona was 5-12 with an ERA of 6.32 and a ridiculous 1.76 WHIP. He’s currently the team’s number two starter (hands down the team’s weakest area), and trading him now would represent a complete failure on the part of the Tribe brass to regain (at least a fraction of) the form that baseball saw in 2007.
It is a sad state of affairs when a league has no salary cap yet a team feels the need that they have to trade away a 26-year old starting pitcher to do so. In the NBA, a move like this would be considered “clearing cap space” for a future addition to the team. For Cleveland baseball, it is just standard operation. Other potential suitors for Hudson include the Washington Nationals and the division rival Minnesota Twins.