Cleveland Indians: Who Will Go Next?

Michael PopeAnalyst IJuly 9, 2008

CC Sabathia was the first domino to fall in Cleveland. Who might be moved next? Here are a few candidates:

Jamey Carroll

He's obviously not a big name, but this guy could land a decent prospect. His leadership is well documented and he plays solid defense and knows how to play the game.

Paul Byrd

Byrd has had a rough season, but if he puts in a few decent starts, some team might take him on for the back end of their rotation. If he has any value left, the Indians will attempt to get something back for him.

Rafael Betancourt

He too has put in a rough season. However, he was one of the most dominant relievers last year and has been a good set-up man for years. He has been more hittable this year and given up a lot of long balls, but his walk and strikeout numbers are solid. He might net a solid lower level prospect and a middle-reliever.

Casey Blake

Blake struggled at the beginning of the season, but has turned it around and been a solid third baseman. He's one of the better clutch hitters in the American League. He's a free agent at the end of the year and the Indians have no plans to bring him back. They have kept Andy Marte on the bench all year with an idea of giving him some at-bats to see if he might be their future at the position. Now is the time to find out.

The Indians need to re-stock their farm system if they aren't going to win this year. There may not be much they can get in return for their current major leaguers, but re-tooling now and keeping their core players will allow them to compete as soon as next year.

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