Hoynes: Cabrera, Perez Remain Trade Options If Tribe Sells At Deadline

The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes answers his mail bag this morning, which includes one about what the Tribe would both look to add if they were buyers and what they would trade if they are sellers at the trade deadline in 2013.

Hey, Hoynsie: Over or under .500? Also, if the Indians are buyers at the trading deadline, if you were GM Chris Antonetti, who would you target to get? If they are sellers, who would they trade and what for? — Noah Yingling, Sandusky

Hey, Noah: I think the Indians will be fortunate if they have a winning record this year. If they’re contending at the trading deadline, I’d go for a starting pitcher. If they’re out of it and looking to sell, I think they’ve already got a good idea what shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera or closer Chris Perez would bring.

The speculation was with the acquisition of Mike Aviles in the offseason that the Tribe may entertain offers for Asdrubal. Meanwhile, the Indians have added Matt Capps to the offseason additions of Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw that adds to a bullpen of Perez, Vinnie Pestano, Joe Smith, Cody Allen, and Nick Hagadone. Perez is the second highest paid player on the roster heading into opening day, trailing only Nick Swisher. Both Asdrubal and Perez are under control for two more seasons.

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  • architrance

    Hoynsie also forgot Myers, who has plenty of closing experience. Trading Rage just makes sense, especially if we get back young, near major league ready talent.

  • Kildawg

    Myers was signed to start. Agree that Perez should be moved for depth at AA/AAA levels, especially SP. Pestano can close, with Capps and Albers as insurance. Another guy we can fetch a primo prospect for is Joe Smith. Cabrera can get us a pretty good haul too, leaving us with Aviles and Diaz at SS until Lindor is ready.

  • Natedawg86

    I don’t think we should be selling everyone because I don’t think the contention window is boarded up right now

  • Wow

    Geez Hoynes way to bury them 2 months before the season

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If Grossi wrote a response like that he would have been roasted lol.

  • mgbode

    okay, he went with the obvious. also add in kazmir, capps, or myers if any of them show any worth.
    of course, pitchers and catchers haven’t even reported yet, so i’m going to hope that it isn’t necessary to “sell” at the deadline.

  • geomac1310

    I know when I look back at the 2013 season I will want to kick myself, but I keep getting the feeling that the Tribe will finish above .500 this year. I really do like the moves they have made this offseason. The starting pitching will have to prove itself but if it holds up and can be solid enough to let the bullpen be effective I think they can hang and compete within the division. But then again I’m always an eternal optimist.