While the big-spending Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are considered to be potential landing spots for 2012 Cy Young award winner David Price, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports says that MLB fans should not count out the Cleveland Indians.
In a recent column surrounding potential deals involving top-flight starting pitchers, Morosi feels that a package involving catcher/first baseman/third baseman Carlos Santana could be enough to get a deal in place, allowing the Indians to nab the ace starting pitcher needed to keep up with the Joneses (and the Ilitches).
“The Indians are one excellent starter away from mounting a serious challenge to the Tigers in the AL Central, but they don’t want to pay the going rate in free agency, so the trade market is a more plausible route,” writes Morosi. “The Indians’ package could center on Carlos Santana, who brings the power/patience combination the Rays would love and is under club control through 2017 on a team-friendly contract. Derek Shelton, the Rays’ respected hitting coach, held the same position in Cleveland while Santana was a minor leaguer there.”
Morosi, in his speculation, adds that the emergence of Yan Gomes (and his subsequent move to full-time catcher) allows the Indians to have considerable flexibility in the trade market. It would be expected that outfielder Nick Swisher would move to first base in the event Santana was moved.
Price, 28, has won a Cy Young and has a 71-39 record and 3.19 ERA over six years in the big leagues. Last season, he went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA, a disappointment within a career that has seen seasons of 200 innings, more than 200 strikeouts and as many as 20 wins. He will not be a free agent for two more seasons.
As WFNY’s Jacob Rosen mentioned one month ago, the starter will be in for a sizable bump in his salary as he likely avoids arbitration over his final two seasons under contract.