Recently Cleveland Indians‘ GM Chris Antonetti suggested that the MLB trade market is tough for his team to get anything done. The fact that there are so many buyers this year and few good sellers isn’t the only reason the Indians are staying away from most high profile deals however. Another reason, possibly the main reason, is the fact that the Indians have a very strong organization and recent prospects are helping them gain more strength for the future. No trade for this year or even next is worth a great prospect. Antonetti is right to stay away from them.
The recent list of top MLB prospects has several Indians youngsters in the top 100. We are talking about guys like Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer and Dace Kime to name a few. This year’s draft pick, Clint Frazier is already up there as well. There is no question that the future for the Indians franchise is bright if these players and more like them pan out to be as good as they look right now.
Even though the Indians have one lefty in the bullpen and the ‘pen is overstretched, none of that is more important than the strength of the great Indians prospects. There are not one or even two guys on the market that should be worth giving up any one of these guys even if it led to a World Series championship. It is too often that GM’s sell out more than they should for so little return. I give Antonetti a huge that-a-boy for sticking to his guns and refusing to even bother getting into most of the trade talks at this point. If they can bring in a left-handed reliever that would be great but if they cannot do so for a cheap price they should stick with what they have.