If Cleveland's willing to trade Martinez, Boston's a likely suitor
Indians higher-ups say they aren't likely to trade hitting star
A trade for Martinez still has to be considered something of a long shot. Yet, within the past day or two the Indians dispatched a scout to check out the progress of Boston's best prospects, according to a league source. The Indians, a realistic early seller, may only be covering their bases. But of course, it could develop into something more, as Boston's interest in Martinez is well known.
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But while Indians people are realistic about their plight this year -- when just about everything that could go wrong already has -- they also say there is no reason to hinder their chances next year. Loosely translated, that means it would take quite a haul to pry either Martinez or star left-handed pitcher
Beyond the Indians' well-known love of Martinez, a clubhouse leader, the Red Sox are said to be very reticent about trading their fine young pitchers, who are serving as insurance this year while also forming the foundation of a promising future. One competing executive said the Red Sox might favor taking on a big-salaried hitter rather than surrendering any of their impressive youth for a bargain star. Boston is a rare team with money to burn.
But if Martinez goes anywhere, Boston still looks like the most logical landing spot, two AL executives said. The Red Sox have renewed concerns about Lowell, who recently had to go on the disabled list with hip pain following his winter surgery. With Youkilis' versatility, Boston could look at either third base or first if Lowell doesn't return.
In the meantime, there is time to consider a Martinez blockbuster.
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Not too many other teams could satisfy the Indians' request for Martinez, but another team with a bevy of top young pitching prospects and a need for immediate offense is the Giants. Giants scout
Boston's the best fit, though -- if it's willing to give up a top pitching prospect or two. All the elements are there for a potential trade.
Well, perhaps everything but the Indians' heart.
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