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Broulis Beat Report: Indians and Trade Rumors

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CANTON,Ohio- I’ve been told my many people that my phone is glued to me. Well, when your’re constantly waiting for news on your sports teams, that’s what happens. Or your’re like me and you want to be the first to know when breaking sports news happens.

Lately at night, I’ve been waking up checking my phone and getting on Twitter to see if anything is about to break when it comes to the Cleveland Indians and any trades their involved with.

Here are some trades I’ve been hearing.

TRADE PACKAGE ONE: Yankees would send Andrew Miller and/or Aroldis Chapman and possibly Carlos Beltran to Cleveland. The Indians would send a group of young prospects to New York. It’s not sure, at this time, if Cleveland is willing to let go of their top prospects Clint Frazier or Bradley Zimmer.

IN MY OPINION: I like the idea of getting Miller due to his contract. He’s owed $9 million in 2017 and 2018. Plus he’s a lefty. I only like Chapman for how fast he can throw, never been of fan of his off the field issues. He just seems like he’d be a punk if he weren’t a MLB player. I do like the idea of getting Beltran.

TRADE PACKAGE TWO: The Brewers would send catcher Jonathan Lucroy and possibly Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith to the Indians. Cleveland, again would have to send prospects to Milwaukee. Mike Clevinger’s name has also popped up.

IN MY OPINION: I like the Milwaukee package deal more. I’m not sure what Cleveland would do having this many catchers, but with that amount, maybe they could make another deal. A good friend of mine suggested they keep Gimenez, send Perez down to Columbus, use Lucroy as the top catcher and shut down Gomez.

That’s not a bad idea in my opinion. The Indians are averaging 5 runs a game. I’d say if they got more production from the catcher position, they might be able to average 6 or 7 runs a game. No one that I know of thought Yan Gomez was going to have a bad year like this and now the unfortunate injury.

Then again, no  one thought Cleveland would have an offense that would average 5 runs a game either. Especially with Michael Brantley missing most of the year.


Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis

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