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April 18, 2021

Indians

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Cron 31 Majors 1B DH Medium 1.0 5.1 2.9 2.2 1.5 2.2 2.9
Gurriel Jr. 27 Majors OF 2B Low 4.0 47.8 21.5 26.3 21 26.3 31.5

Rockies

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Bauers 25 Majors 1B OF Medium 4.0 1.7 1.4 0.3 0 0.3 0.6
Groshans Minors SS 40.1 32.1 40.1 48.1
Jones Minors 3B 28.1 22.5 28.1 33.7

Blue Jays

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Marquez 26 Majors SP Low 4.0 106.4 50.4 56 56 67.2 78.4
7 Comments
  1. Jacob Wise

    I don’t know if this is a better deal than recent trades posted, but tried mixing up some of the names suggested in Cleveland trades recently.

    Cleveland get a legit 1B and adds a solid outfielder.

    Toronto gets a top of rotation piece they seem to be bugging Cleveland for.

    Colorado gets a couple top prospects as they rebuild, plus a reclamation project as a throw in.

  2. Big Bat

    Pretty creative deal notyou. I’m not a huge Guirriel Jr. fan and I’m not sure who he replaces without moving Luplow or A. Rosario in a separate deal. Can Guirriel Jr play RF because I can’t see him moving Rosario off of LF? Eddie is only signed for this season so looking ahead this could work. Especially since we’d be sending Jones to Colorado in this deal.

    Obviously I’m in favor of getting Cron, but I’m finding it difficult to see how getting Cron and Guirriel Jr would work while Naylor is on the roster. Josh will have to either play RF or 1B.

    Another factor in this is the play of Luplow. He’s always mashed LHP, but he is currently hitting RHP well too. His minor league numbers did not have a severe split issue either so there is the potential that all he needs is the opportunity.

    It’s a good deal value wise, but I’d almost rather acquire Marquez at this stage because there are a bunch of potentially good hitters like Jones, Miller, Freeman, and Johnson that are in need of an opportunity and I think this is the best season/time to give it to them. That and a rotation with Bieber, Marquez, and Plesac at the top would be absolutely ridiculous.

    • Jacob Wise

      Yeah, admittedly not sure about Gurriel in RF, but if he can play there, I can see Luplow everyday in CF with A Rosario as super utility. Was unsure if Teoscar would’ve been a better fit, but his contract is bigger. Where Naylor gets everyday at bats would be an issue though.

      I’m starting to think Rosario/DJ platoon in center with Luplow everyday on the right is the better way forward (assuming no trades) with Naylor at first and ditching Bauers. Curious to see who gets called up to take Gamel’s spot when Hentges is sent back down, between Zimmer and Johnson?

      On the topic of infield bats though, I do wonder if Cesar Hernandez gets flipped at the deadline with his friendly contract. I’d have to imagine Miller is in the MLB by then, and Freeman looked really mature this spring. Cesar might land a good minor piece in return.

  3. John Furlong

    Guirrel Jr. and Cron would both be interesting players, but I don’t see this as the best use of our assets as it would render Naylor useless and Amed Rosario used at best in a platoon. Acquiring one of them makes some sense, but both not so much in my opinion. We all know that they will play through all of their options first, before going the trade route.

    • Big Bat

      I agree John. They’ll carefully make sure that there are no internal answers in positions of question before making a trade. Thing is, I don’t know if half of a season is enough time to determine anything with all of these young players. They may just look to “ride it out” this season and address a need that isn’t answered next offseason.

  4. John Furlong

    Big Bat, I think we can find out some answers on a few players like Bauers and Zimmer. Deciding on Bradley, Johnson, Luplow, and others may take more time. Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff sure have some interesting decisions to make in the future with those players and upcoming rule 5 issues.

    • Big Bat

      They are certainly headed for a roster crunch and it will be here before we know it.

      Someone more prudent than I would want to see if players like Bauers, Zimmer, and Mercado actually have any value to offer, but I’ve seen enough. I’d prefer to move on. A player like Bradley for instance is intriguing, but we already know his weaknesses so he’d be on a short leash for me as well. Johnson has had some issues with LHP and if he doesn’t improve then he’ll be a platoon player, but he is so dynamic that you have to see. I know it’s a big “if”, but if he can hit LHP at an acceptable level then we’re potentially talking about a 5 tool player.

      Players like Bauers and Zimmer can be afforded time by teams that are rebuilding and/or have weak farm systems. Cleveland doesn’t fit either description which is good for those of us who cheer for them.

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