1. Carlos Carrasco Joins Blockbuster Lindor Package
Adding Carlos Carrasco to a Francisco Lindor deal? The Yankees may have something here.
A potential Indians solution to the fact that they backed themselves into a corner regarding Lindor’s value? Add an ace to the trade, too, and watch the offers roll in.
If the Indians want an overwhelming blockbuster instead of a final-season snooze, they could namedrop Carlos Carrasco, who is signed through the next two years with a team option for 2023, only set to make $11.75 million for 2021 and 2022.
This is the kind of effectiveness and security that can bring the big names forward from the Yankees, too. Clint Frazier would very much be in play, as would starters like Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt. In fact, you’d probably hear just about every name thrown around outside of Jasson Dominguez (we’re keeping our Martian, unless the Angels want to offload Mike Trout’s contract or something…do they?).
We’ll propose two or three years of Carrasco and the final pre-free agency season of Lindor for Frazier, Garcia, Peraza, and Yajure. This would certainly be considered a hefty price to pay, and it looks a lot more like what was proposed for Lindor midway through 2020 (this is why you wait!).
No, Aaron Judge is not walking through this blockbuster’s door. But if the Yankees really are as skittish about Gleyber Torres as a random sample of Twitter commentators, this could be the maneuver in order to justify a Lindor addition.