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MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Cleveland Indians on the Block in 2014

MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Cleveland Indians on the Block in 2014

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It has been a number of years since the Cleveland Indians have been as content with their roster as they’re in the present. After signing four players to multi-year deals before reaching mid-April, the Tribe have locked up the majority of their young talent for the foreseeable future. There remain only a handful of names who would make sense for the Indians to deal through a trade during the 2014 season.

5. Michael Bourn

Saying the Indians' center fielder is on his way out is more than an understatement, though, it could possibly make sense. Batting .263 in 2013, Bourn had his worst season offensively since he started off with the Houston Astros. Under team control through 2016, Bourn is commanding $13.5 million in each of the next two seasons, and also earning $14 million in 2016. With replacement-level players like Nyjer Morgan getting off to a quick start, it could make the front office consider the move.

4. Ryan Raburn

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4. Ryan Raburn

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After being signed to a two-year deal in the middle of his 2013 coming-out party, Ryan Raburn spot platooning right field is relatively safe. At the same time, if David Murphy continues to hit at a high rate and Raburn falls back into his previous struggles similar to his play in Detroit, general manager Chris Antonetti could deem the 32-year-old expendable.

3. Lonnie Chisenhall

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3. Lonnie Chisenhall

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The job at third base was Chisenhall’s one-way ticket toward sovereignty on the Cleveland Indians' 25-man roster. Losing the competition to Carlos Santana leaves the 25-year-old’s future with the club uncertain. On his side is being on the right side of 27 and possessing a smooth swing which boosts his ceiling. Another club in need of a player at the short corner could inquire about his services and the Indians would likely listen.

2. Carlos Carrasco

With Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin breathing down his neck from Columbus, the Venezuelan-born pitcher could be dealt justifiably. Carrasco’s 2013 ERA of 6.75 and sluggish start in 2014 don’t aid him in maintaining his spot at the back end of the Indians' rotation. The 27-year-old has major league pitches in his luggage, but has major problems with control. If another team comes calling, intrigued by his tools, there could potentially be a deal out there for the Indians' brass.

1. Asdrubal Cabrera

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1. Asdrubal Cabrera

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Asdrubal Cabrera has been linked to trade rumors in multiple circumstances during past seasons and at winter meetings. The hesitation by the Indians' front office has cost them mightily as his value has diminished considerably since the completion of the 2012 season. Cabrera’s future with the team is coming to a close with an expiring contract after 2014 and Francisco Lindor getting closer to making his home at Progressive Field.