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Ken Rosenthal wrote today that the Indians could be shaping up to be sellers in this trade market as opposed to buyers. This isn’t news necessarily, except that he lists potential suitors and targets.

According to Rosenthal, the Giants would be a team with interest in Chris Perez, and Shin-Soo Choo would draw interest from several teams.

“The San Francisco Giants, seeking late-inning help, are interested in Perez, according to major-league sources. The Indians could entertain moving Perez for two reasons – they are deep in relievers, and Perez likely will earn about $7 million next season in his second year of arbitration.

Choo would be more difficult to replace than Perez – he ranks fourth in the majors with a .928 OPS out of the leadoff spot. But he is eligible for free agency after next season, and the Indians’ chances of signing him to an extension are slim. Choo is represented by Scott Boras, who generally prefers his clients to establish their values on the open market.

If the Indians trade players such as Perez and Choo – players under control beyond this season – they would not want prospects in return, but players who would strengthen their current club, sources said.”

Let’s get this out of the way- becoming sellers this season would be a PR nightmare for the Indians, who are supposed to be in contention with a ‘two year window’ supposedly closing after next season.

[Related: The Case for Trading Perez]

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