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MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Grady Sizemore, Fausto Carmona Deals to Rebuild Indians

Jim BerdyszCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Grady Sizemore, Fausto Carmona Deals to Rebuild Indians

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    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.

10. Trade with Los Angeles Angels

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    Fabio Martinez Mesa

    To Cleveland:

    • Fabio Martinez Mesa (RHP- Single-A)
    • Jordan Walden (RHP- MLB)
    • Mark Trumbo (OF- Triple-A)

    To L.A. Angels:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    No, don't worry, Angels fans, the Tribe does not get prized-prosepect outfielder Mike Trout in this trade. The Indians, though, still get a considerable amount of return back for both Sizemore and Carmona, and among them is starting pitcher Fabio Martinez Mesa.

    Currently ranked by Baseball America as the eighth best prospect in the Angles organization, Martinez Mesa went 7-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts this past season at Single-A. The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native managed to strikeout 141 in just 103.1 innings pitched.

    Also joining Martinez Mesa in Cleveland would be Angels reliever Jordan Walden and Triple-A outfielder Mark Trumbo. Walden, 23, went 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his first 15.1 innings pitched in the big leagues last season. Trumbo did nothing but rake at the Triple-A level in 2010, hitting .301 with 36 HRs and 122 RBI in 139 games played, giving the Tribe a great possible replacement for Sizemore in the outfield.

    This trade would not only help the Indians try to establish themselves in 2011, but as they move forward in developing their young players in the near future as well.

9. Trade with Washington Nationals

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    Jordan ZimmermannStephen Dunn/Getty Images

    To Cleveland:

    • Jordan Zimmermann (RHP- MLB)
    • A.J. Cole (RHP- Single-A)
    • Eury Perez (OF- Single-A)

    To Washington:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    Once rumored to have interest in bringing both Sizemore and Carmona to our nation's capital, the Washington Nationals wouldn't have to part with either Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper in this trade.

    Dubbed by Baseball America as the best prospect in the Nats organization in 2009, Jordan Zimmermann would be the key piece coming to Cleveland in the deal. He finally made some big strides in 2010, putting up solid numbers at every level of the minor league system before ending the season in Washington. With the big league club, Zimmermann went 1-2 with a 4.94 ERA in seven starts that covered 21 innings. The 24-year-old would definitely fill in the void left by Carmona in the Indians rotation for many years to come.

    Following Zimmermann to the Tribe would be 19-year-old, 2010 fourth-round draft pick A.J. Cole and Single-A outfielder Eury Perez. Cole, beginning his professional career this upcoming year, is currently rated by Baseball America as the fourth best prospect in the Nationals organization. For the Indians, Perez could very well become the next Kenny Lofton, as he hit .299 with three HRs and 42 RBI while stealing 64 bases in 131 games last season.

    This proposed trade gives Cleveland not only someone they could plug right into their rotation on day one, but also gives them time to develop both Single-A stars for a bright future as well. 

8. Trade with New York Mets

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    Jenrry MejiaMarc Serota/Getty Images

    To Cleveland:

    • Jenrry Mejia (RHP- MLB)
    • Cesar Puello (OF- Single-A)
    • Player to be named later

    To New York:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    With the often-injured Carlos Beltran in right field and a questionable starting rotation, the Mets could be looking for a trade with Cleveland that features both Sizemore and Carmona at some point during the 2011 season. The key piece in any deal with the Indians though would most likely feature right-handed starter Jenrry Mejia.

    Currently ranked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Mets organization, Mejia went 2-0 with a 1.28 ERA in nine starts, covering each minor league level last season. The Dominican Republic native also made his Major League debut in 2010, going 0-4 record with a 4.62 ERA in his first 39 innings pitched. 

    Joining Mejia in Cleveland would be outfielder Cesar Puello, who would give the Tribe some needed speed on the bases. In 109 games at Single-A last season, Puello hit .292 with one HR and 34 RBI, while also stealing 45 bases as well.

    Even though the Indians wouldn't be receiving many players who could help them win now, both Mejia and Puello would become instant fixtures and fan favorites very soon.

7. Trade with Texas Rangers

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    Martin Perez

    To Cleveland:

    • Martin Perez (LHP- Double-A)
    • Tanner Scheppers (RHP- Triple-A)
    • Jake Skole (OF- Single-A)

    To Texas:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    After losing former ace Cliff Lee to free agency this winter and adding an injury-prone pitcher like Brandon Webb to their staff, the Texas Rangers could be in the market for both a starting pitcher and outfielder like Indians stars Carmona and Sizemore in 2011. The likely big piece coming to the Tribe in any trade with Texas: left-handed starter Martin Perez.

    At just 19 years old, Perez has already been named by Baseball America as the best young prospect in the Rangers organization. While he did struggle a little bit last season, going 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA in 23 Double-A starts that covered 99.2 innings pitched, there is still so much upside to like from the very young southpaw.

    Also packing their bags for Cleveland would be Triple-A reliever Tanner Scheppers and Single-A outfielder Jake Skole. Between both Double-A and Triple-A last year, Scheppers managed to go 1-3 with a 4.84 ERA in 80 innings, striking out 90 hitters and walking just 30. Skole,19, hit a respectable .254 with two HRs and 27 RBI in 57 games last season.

    A move like this could positively effect both organizations for many years to come. When it comes to the Indians, though, they would add yet another top notch starting pitcher in Perez to their already big slew of young minor league pitching talent. No matter the case, there is simply always room to improve a team's pitching staff.

6. Trade with Atlanta Braves

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    Julio Teheran

    To Cleveland:

    • Julio Teheran (RHP- Double-A)
    • Craig Kimbrel (RHP- MLB)
    • Jordan Schafer (OF- Triple-A)

    To Atlanta:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    The Atlanta Braves could definitely feel the pressure to make a deadline trade this July, especially if their division rival Philadelphia Phillies are still able to be caught in the NL East. Coming to Cleveland would be two highly touted Braves pitching prospects in Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel, as well as young outfielder Jordan Schafer.

    Teheran, 20, went a combined 9-8 with a 2.59 ERA in 24 starts in Single and Double-A. A 2010 Futures Game selection, Teheran is also ranked by Baseball America as the top overall prospect in the Braves organization. Kimbrel, a former third-round pick in 2008, shined in his first taste of the Major Leagues in 2010. The Alabama native went 4-0 with a ridiculous 0.44 ERA in 21 games, walking 16 and striking out 40 in just 20.2 innings pitched in 2010.

    Once a highly touted outfield prospect in the Braves organization, Jordan Schafer would be another intriguing player on his way to Cleveland in the proposed trade. The 24-year-old hit .312 with 15 HRs and 63 RBI while stealing 23 bases in the minors a few seasons ago.

    The Indians in this trade would once again not only receive help for this season, but for the promising 2012 season as well. 

5. Trade with St. Louis Cardinals

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    Jason MotteDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    To Cleveland:

    • Jason Motte (RHP- MLB)
    • Shelby Miller (RHP- Single-A)
    • Allen Craig (OF- Triple-A)

    To St. Louis:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    With Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright officially out for the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery a few days ago, St. Louis may need to make a trade for a reliable starting pitcher like Carmona during the 2011 season. The Tribe would once again be looking for young pitching help out of the St. Louis organization.

    Coming to Cleveland would not only be Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller, but St. Louis reliever Jason Motte and Triple-A outfielder Allen Craig.

    Miller, the Cards' first-round pick in 2009, went 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA in 104.1 innings pitched, walking 30 and striking out 140 last season. Motte, 28, went 4-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 56 games with the Cardinals in 2010, walking 18 and striking out 54 out of the back-end of the St. Louis bullpen. Craig, at Triple-A last season, hit .320 with 14 HR and 89 RBI and should be MLB ready overall.

    It could be difficult for St. Louis to give up a young big league pitcher like Motte, but adding both Sizemore and Carmona would help the Cardinals even more down the stretch. Cleveland would ultimately gain the most in the end in the deal though, coming away with two players that could help them now, while waiting another couple seasons for Miller to develop as well. 

4. Trade with Philadelphia Phillies

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    Dominic BrownHunter Martin/Getty Images

    To Cleveland:

    • Dominic Brown (OF- MLB)
    • Trevor May (RHP- Single-A)
    • Player to be named later

    To Philadelphia:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    This could be tough to pull off, but with Philadelphia landing not only Carmona, but Sizemore as well, would they give prized outfield prospect Dominic Brown to Cleveland? Absolutely.

    In 93 games between Double and Triple-A last season, Brown hit .327 with 20 HR and 68 RBI while also stealing 17 bases. The Phillies' young outfielder also made his Major League debut in 2010, where he hit .210 with two HR's and 13 RBI with the club in just 62 big league at-bats.

    Also joining Brown in Cleveland would be Single-A starting pitcher Trevor May. The 21-year-old posted a 7-3 record with a 2.91 ERA in 11 starts, walking 20 and striking out 92 in just 65 innings pitched in 2010.

    With the Big Four of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels already making up the Phillies 2011 rotation, Carmona would be icing on the cake in the fifth starter spot for Philadelphia. For Cleveland, though, this is the best proposed trade so far that could help the Indians compete in the AL Central very soon. Brown would fill the void left by Sizemore very nicely, and May could easily develop into a front of the line starter when it's all said and done.

3. Trade with Tampa Bay Rays

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    Desmond JenningsNick Laham/Getty Images

    To Cleveland:

    • Desmond Jennings (OF- MLB)
    • Chris Archer (RHP- Double-A)
    • Player to be named later

    To Tampa Bay:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    The Rays aren't quite sure what they will be getting out of aging veterans Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, let alone their young starting rotation. Because of this, Tampa Bay could make a run at both Carmona and Sizemore during the 2011 season. A blockbuster trade like this, though, would most likely be centered around Rays outfield prospect Desmond Jennings and young Double-A starter, Chris Archer.

    Jennings, hoping to fill the void left by Carl Crawford in Tampa Bay, would instead become the next in line to replace Sizemore in center field on the Indians. Currently ranked by Baseball America as the third best prospect in the Rays organization, Jennings hit .278 with three HRs and 36 RBI, while also stealing 37 bases in 109 games at Triple-A in 2010.

    The trade would also bring a somewhat familiar face to Cleveland in Archer, who was traded by the Tribe to the Chicago Cubs as part of the Mark DeRosa trade just two seasons ago. The young 22-year old has developed into a great prospect over the past few years, going 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 13 Double-A starts in 2010, walking 39 and striking out 67 in 70 innings pitched.

    Cleveland would ultimately become very excited with the two young prospects on their team, as both Jennings and Archer would essentially become the new young faces of the Tribe in the near future. This trade is the best proposed deal for Sizemore and Carmona so far.

2. Trade with New York Yankees

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    Joba ChamberlainAndrew Burton/Getty Images

    To Cleveland:

    • Joba Chamberlain (RHP- MLB)
    • Dellin Betances (RHP- Double-A)
    • Brandon Laird (OF- Triple-A)

    To New York:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    Alright, Yankee fans, here is the package that could help you not only land a top outfielder like Sizemore, but more importantly, shore up the starting rotation with Carmona as well. It wouldn't come at a small price, as the most likely trade scenario would center around Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

    Chamberlain has become virtually lost over the past couple seasons in Yankee pinstripes, going 3-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 73 games last season. A trade to Cleveland would be a well-welcomed new start for the always high energy, highly talented pitcher. The Indians would also receive New York's third best prospect in starting pitcher Dellin Betances and young outfielder Brandon Laird as well.

    Betances, 22, went 8-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 14 Single-A starts that stretched over 71 innings of work, walking 19 while striking out 88. Laird, originally drafted by Cleveland in 2005, hit .291 with 23 HRs and 90 RBI in just 107 games for the Yankees at Triple-A last season.

    While both youngsters Betances and Laird give the Indians some potentially great talent in the near future, a new start for Chamberlain in Cleveland could do wonders for not only him, but the Indians' long term future as well.

1. Trade with Boston Red Sox

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    Jacoby EllsburyJim Rogash/Getty Images

    To Cleveland:

    • Jacoby Ellsbury (OF- MLB)
    • Anthony Ranaudo (RHP- Single-A)
    • Michael Bowden (RHP- Triple-A)

    To Boston:

    • Grady Sizemore (OF)
    • Fausto Carmona (SP)

    As for the best possible Sizmore and Carmona trade, look no further than the Boston. The Red Sox may finally want to part ways with some of their young minor league talent in a deal that would include outfielder and fan favorite Jacoby Ellsbury as well.

    Ellsbury, 27, missed most of the 2010 season due to injury last year after hitting .301 with eight HR's and 60 RBI in 2009, a season where he also managed to steal 70 bases. He would fit into the future very well for the Indians, taking over in center field for Sizemore for the next decade. Also coming to the Indians in the blockbuster trade would be Triple-A reliever Michael Bowden and former first-round pick Anthony Ranaudo.

    Ranaudo, 6'7'', 225 pounds, was drafted in the first round (39th overall) by the Red Sox in the 2010 MLB Draft. The 21-year-old former LSU standout will begin his first professional season in the minor leagues this upcoming season. Bowden is also another great young pitching prospect, going 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA in 105.2 innings pitched at Triple-A last year, walking 37 and striking out 77.

    This trade to me would be the best possible scenario for the Tribe and the quest to rebuild the Indians even further in 2011. Adding a guy like Ellsbury and shoring up the starting rotation with a top draft pick would be key for Cleveland.

    Each one of these trades though brings not only young minor leaguers that could help Cleveland in the near future, but also gives the Indians a player or two that could make an impact in the Major Leagues very soon.

    Now, where will Sizemore and Carmona really be playing come August 1, 2011?

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