With the coming of the trading season, one thing is for sure: Billy Beane will be active.
Among his more valuable assets are outfielder Coco Crisp and pitcher Rich Harden. With neither signed past 2011, it’s a safe bet that Beane will try to get some prospects back for these players before July 31.
Why not just send them both to Cleveland?
After the injuries to Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore and the underproduction from Fausto Carmona and Mitch Talbot, the Tribe have major needs in the outfield and the rotation. With the team contending for the playoffs, they could use major upgrades in those two positions.
Sure, it’d be nice if the Indians would go out and get Carlos Beltran and Hiroki Kuroda (the best batter and pitcher on the market), but this is Cleveland; we’ll probably go the cheap route.
Harden and Crisp fit the general pattern of the Tribe trade quite well. Harden can never stay healthy, which has driven his price tag down. Crisp, though a very good player, isn’t even the most talked about trade chip on his own team (that honor would belong to Josh Willingham).
Yet, it still makes sense for the Indians to go out and acquire these two players. Read More…
From Bleacher Report, July 21, 2011