Here are some quick notes and news bits in regard to all the evening events that have taken place on day two of the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Things really heated up this evening, and all signs point toward the Indians making a big splash sooner rather than later.
— There are now a variety of reasons to believe that a deal could be imminent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks have constructed a four-team deal that would net them Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. While the deal is currently dormant, this seems to serve as evidence that the Indians could indeed move Cabrera if the right deal presents itself. Also, if further evidence was needed, just trust your eyes. Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona were both spotted in the Diamondbacks war room this afternoon during the MLB Network’s coverage of the Winter Meetings. I’m no psychic, but I’m guessing they weren’t in there to discuss the weather.
— The popular notion is that the Indians would receive young pitching from the Diamondbacks if a trade were made. This makes sense, especially considering that Arizona has two young, front-of-the-rotation type prospects in left-hander Tyler Skaggs and right-hander Trevor Bauer. However, perhaps the Cabrera talks center around another player entirely. According to Jon Morosi of Fox, the Indians are one of three teams with serious interest in outfielderJustin Upton. Upton is one year removed from an MVP-caliber season, and he certainly would provide an immediate upgrade in the outfield. It would likely take more than Cabrera to acquire him, but it’s still astonishing to think that the Indians are actually pursuing him. At this point, it seems very likely that Cabrera will be dealt and the Diamondbacks seem to be the leading candidate. However, there is now a lot of intrigue in regard to who the Indians would receive in return. Skaggs, Bauer and Upton all help fill big holes on the current Indians roster.
— In other news, Indians target Shane Victorino signed with the Boston Red Sox for three-years, $39 million. Without a doubt, the Red Sox overpaid to land Victorino. The interesting thing is that we had heard during the day that Victorino had a four-year deal on the table. Well, according to Ken Rosenthal, that four-year deal was coming from the Indians. Rosenthal reported that the Indians offered Victorino a four-year deal worth $44 million. All things considered, the Indians are probably better off that Victorino did not accept the deal. However, the four-year deal is indicative of two things: 1). The Indians have some flexibility and are not afraid to go the extra mile to land a free agent and 2). This offer seems to serve as evidence of the new approach that we have heard of since the hiring of Francona. Buckle up because things could get very interesting from here on out.