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The Cleveland Indians are looking to rebuild this offseason, as new manager Terry Francona will be dealing with a roster that could be completely overhauled this Winter. Many expect the Indians to look to trade outfielder Shin-Soo Choo as he enters the final year of his contract, but Choo may just be the start of a busy offseason featuring many trades by the Indians.
Also thought to be available is closer Chris Perez, who mouthed off on multiple occasions during the 2012 season, meaning he is a strong candidate who could be moved. The Indians may also move shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera if a team is willing to overpay, and could also move starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the highest bidder.
Cleveland is expected to wait and see how the chips fall in terms of free agent signings over the next few weeks, especially once the Winter GM meetings begin this week. For teams who fail to sign Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and other outfielders, Choo suddenly becomes a rather attractive option.
If you can’t reel in Zack Greinke or another quality starter, you could do worse than trade for Masterson. If you need a closer and Rafael Soriano and Brian Wilson sign elsewhere, Perez is more than capable of getting the job done. Cabrera has also proven himself to be an upper caliber shortstop who carries a big bat to the plate.
Cleveland may not stop there either. We know they are likely to move on from Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore, having grown tired of their injury prone nature each and every season. The Indians may look to recoop some of the prospects that they gave up to acquire Ubaldo Jimenez a couple of seasons ago and now trade him if they can get a decent package in return.
And finally, what about catcher Carlos Santana? He took a bit of a step backward last season, but the talent is definitely there. A team such as the New York yankees, who just lost Russell Martin to the Pittsburgh Pirates, or teams who miss out on Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski may look into placing a phone call to the Indians to see if they would consider moving their top catcher.
This is not a fire sale in Cleveland, but it has all the makings of a massive overhaul in personnel over the next few weeks.
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