Despite the lack of action from the Cleveland Indians front office this offseason, we’ve heard some juicy rumors about the Tribe. The Seattle Mariners showed interest in Luis Valbuena. Amidst rumors of an extension, the Indians avoided arbitration with Shin-Soo Choo in the steal of the offseason. And the Tribe was somehow both very interested in and completely apathetic towards Bartolo Colon.
But all that is peanuts compared to this: The Indians reportedly have had “conversations” with the Washington Nationals about Fausto Carmona and Grady Sizemore.
We learned last month that Carmona was one of the most sought-after names on the trade market. A few weeks ago, I speculated that Washington could be a fit for Carmona. That the Nationals are interested in him is no surprise—they were a known suitor for both Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke, and GM Jim Bowden has publicly lamented his inability to add a top-flight starter this winter.
The Nats’ interest in Sizemore is much more surprising. Once the face of the Cleveland franchise, injuries have sidetracked his once-promising career. He hit just .211/.271/.289 in 33 games last year before a knee injury knocked him out for the season.
The thought of Cleveland trading him now, when his value is at its lowest point, to a team that already has Jayson Werth, Nyjer Morgan, Roger Bernadina, and the heir to Jose Bautista’s throne in the outfield, doesn’t make much sense. Forgetting about the outrage fans would feel if he were dealt, given that Sizemore was the best outfielder in the game from 2006-8, is cost-controlled through 2012, and will supposedly ready to go on Opening Day, it’s hard to see a scenario in which the Nationals would offer enough for him to make trading him worth the Indians’ while.
Be sure to keep an eye on this situation—this could get interesting.