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Fausto Carmona was once praised as the heir apparent to CC Sabathia for the Cleveland Indians. Following poor seasons in 2008 and 2009, Indians fans were not singing the same tune.
Carmona did manage to have a turnaround season in 2010, with a 3.77 ERA in 210 innings, despite a 13-14 record, which can be largely attributed to the Indians' futility. Carmona, who is just 27 years old, showed signs that he may be close to his dominant form of 2007, when he and Sabathia took the Indians within one game of the World Series.
At this stage, the time may be right for both the Indians and Yankees to make a deal for Carmona. The right-hander is owed $7 million in 2011, $9 million in 2012, and $12 million in 2013, with performance options in place. For an Indians team with the playoffs nowhere in sight, it would make sense to deal Carmona and his large contract for several prospects to rebuild the organization.
For the Yankees, signing Carmona seems like a no-brainer. If Carmona is able to continue his turnaround, he would be a steal for the Bombers. It has already been proven that he has the ability to be very successful at the major league level. At 27, his upside is tremendous. As a pitcher who relies heavily on a power sinker, Carmona would fit perfectly within the confines of Yankee Stadium.