The Cleveland Indians disappointed in 2019, giving up the AL central crown for the first time since 2016. The Indians are an enigma, trading Trevor Bauer at the Trade Deadline, only to acquire Franmil Reyes and Yasiel Puig. Are they contenders or pretenders in 2020?
If the goal is to contend, trading for one of the top hitters in baseball certainly wouldn’t hurt. Reyes has the DH spot locked down, but he and Martinez could alternate who plays in the field. With Puig hitting the free agent market, the Indians hole in the outfield has re-opened for the 2020 season.
The Indians have developed pitching masterfully over the past decade and some Cleveland prospects could entice the Red Sox in a trade. Another trade possibility could be a Martinez for Reyes swap. Reyes wouldn’t post near the production of Martinez, but for $20 million less, it is an intriguing option.
Overall, rumors are swirling around that the Indians are floating the possibility of trading Fransisco Lindor. Dealing him would put the Indians out of the trade market for Martinez, and most likely out of contention and into a rebuild.
Unless Reyes was transferred to another club, playing the outfield makes Martinez a risk to himself and the success of the Indians.