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Now you think I am crazy. Why would you trade two building blocks if you are rebuilding?
Lonnie Chisenhall is the 23-year-old "third baseman of the future" and Francisco Lindor is the 18-year-old "shortstop of the future." How does this make sense?
Well, the Indians have waited and been patient with prospects in the past.
Adam Miller, Michael Aubrey, Jeremy Sowers, Trevor Crowe, David Huff, and Beau Mills are all top picks and top prospects for the Indians who haven't reached expectations. While the Tribe had success with some prospects in the 1990's, it hasn't been the same in the last decade.
Why trust management at this point with prospects? Do they even know what they're doing? Why not trade young guys, coveted players and cheap alternatives to another organization for proven talent?
Trade Chisenhall and Francisco Lindor to the Cincinnati Reds for Chris Heisey, a right-handed bat with pop, Homer Bailey, an improving young arm, and Tony Cingrani, a powerful left-handed arm that is dominating in the hitter-friendly California League.
The Reds need help on the left side of the infield, even with Billy Hamilton, their top prospect, considered a middle infielder.
The Indians get immediate help in the outfield, as Heisey can play all over the outfield and produce with some power, and the addition of Bailey gives the Tribe a potential power arm in the midst of their glut of ground-ball pitchers. Cingrani is a college arm from Rice who could be a top of the rotation starter if he continues showing the kind of dominance that he has to this point in his minor league career.
The Indians have Jack Hannahan at third and Jose Lopez to spell him in 2012, so Chisenhall doesn't have much of a role. While Lindor is considered a fantastic prospect, he isn't going to play shortstop or second base with Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis around, so unless the Indians moved him to center, they don't have a spot for him.
This, of course, is factoring on the Indians keeping Cabrera when he hits free agency after the 2014 season.
Improve the team now and potentially in the future. The organization is weak in the pitcher category, so the addition of two live arms is necessary. The fact that Tony Wolters and Ronny Rodriguez are also solid shortstop prospects for the Indians makes this a sensible idea.