Does it make sense for the Indians to deal for an outfielder this offseason?
The Indians offseason has really yet to get started while other teams are already making moves.
The 2019 Winter Meetings is likely where things will get heated up for the team in terms of trade talks, and while they are going to need infield help, they likely will also be looking for an outfielder.
ESPN has thrown out a few names in the outfield that could fit the Tribe if they are going to be willing to deal a player (or two) from their roster. Mind you this is all just speculation, but it's great to throw out some names that the team could have interest in if they become available.
Mitch Haniger Seattle Mariners – It was a tough 2019 for Haniger, as he played in just 63 games, and in those games he hit .220 with 15 homers and 32 RBI with four steals.
It was just two seasons ago that he played in 144 games in right field, a spot the Indians are likely going to need to fill with Yasiel Puig leaving via free agency. Haniger would be an upgrade from anything they have on the roster to play the spot at the moment.
It was in 2018 that he was an All-Star, hitting .285 with 26 homers.
Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers – The Indians and Dodgers have been chatting about a deal for almost a whole year, as it was at the 2018 Winter Meetings they spoke about moving either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer to the west coast.
Pederson hit 36 homers with 74 RBI hitting .249 in 2019, numbers the Indians would love to have on their roster.
He’s a career .233 hitter, but he’s got tremendous power, and could fit nicely in a Tribe uniform. What it might cost the Indians to get Pederson is another story.
Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates – With the Pirates bringing in new manager Derek Shelton (one-time Indians hitting coach), it will be interesting to see if he’s interested in making any sweeping changes to the roster, which might just include moving Marte for the right price.
The 31-year-old is due to earn $11.5 million this season and $12.5 with a club option for 2021. Last season he hit .295 with 23 homers and 82 runs batted in, solid numbers across the board.
Marte plays mostly in center field, a position that likely will go to Oscar Mercado to start the year, that is unless they can snag Marte off the trade market.