With the Cleveland Indians in yet another state of rebuilding, many familiar faces and key players may be on their way out of Cleveland this upcoming 2011 season. Among them are Tribe outfielder Grady Sizemore and starting pitcher Fausto Carmona.
Both players have had their fair share of ups and downs during their time with the Indians over the past few seasons, but nothing has played a bigger impact than what Sizemore has done over the past two seasons—seemingly nothing at all. Playing in just 139 games in two years, Sizemore has hit just .230 with 18 HRs and 77 RBI, stealing just 17 bases over his last two seasons.
While it's somewhat of a stretch to think he will regain his old form right away, Sizemore could surprise a lot of teams this year into what he can do with a healthy 2011 season. If he is in fact healthy during the first half of the season, the Tribe could definitely try to capitalize and move him in the right trade before the trade deadline.
Carmona, on the other hand, broke out in a big way in 2010, going 13-14 with a 3.77 ERA in 33 starts covering 210.1 innings pitched, also making his first trip to the All-Star Game. It was easily Carmona's best season since his 2007 rookie campaign. With another good season in 2011, he could also become very attractive to teams looking for starting pitching help down the stretch.
If and when the Indians are out of the playoff race by the trade deadline once again this July, Cleveland could not only look to unload Sizemore in a trade, but include Carmona in the same blockbuster trade as well.
Now, what could the Indians possibly land in a big trade like that? No, probably not Albert Pujols or Tim Lincecum, but most likely formidable young MLB-ready players, as well as top tier prospects, as the Tribe would look to add even more young talent in hopes of finally contending in the near future.
Here are the top 10 Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona trades that the Indians could make to help them rebuild and get back to their winning ways very soon.