Cleveland Indians President Chris Antonetti said yesterday that "his preference" would be not to trade one of the team’s starting pitchers, but he would listen to appropriate offers. One of those offers came along yesterday, according to rumors. The Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly approach the Indians asking about pitcher Danny Salazar, but nothing came of the deal when the Tribe asked for A.J. Pollock.
Diamondbacks are trying hard to add another starter via trade, and they met with Indians about Salazar. But everyone wants Pollock. ...
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) December 7, 2015
The Indians are understandably taking a cautious approach when it comes to trading someone like Salazar, and asking for Pollock was the right move. The 28-year-old center fielder would be the perfect fit for the Indians need at the position. He was worth a career-high 6.6 fWAR last year (.315/.367/.498, 20 HR), but STEAMER projections have him coming back down near his career-norm of 3.5 fWAR with a slash of .281/.336/.433 and 14 home runs. Pollock is eligible for salary arbitration through the 2018 season.