The Cleveland Indians continue to talk with anyone and everyone regarding their starting pitchers, to the point where we can assume they have talked to every single team, but now it is just a matter of hearing from official sources what they have actually discussed. The latest comes from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
According to Drellich, the Houston Astros are listening on offers from several teams for their star outfielders, including George Springer and Carlos Gomez, who they acquired at the trade deadline last season. The Indians are rumored to be in the mix, and the two teams have discussed starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
Drellich stops short of saying what the Indians or Astros are exactly offering, but the two teams have discussed Carrasco, at the very least, and either Gomez or Springer would be great additions to the Indians.
Springer is a 26-year-old outfielder who had a 3.7 fWAR season last year, slashing .276/.367/.459 with 16 home runs. He primarily played right field over the last two seasons, but he does have some time in center field as well.
The Indians were rumored to be interested in Carlos Gomez at the deadline last season before the Astros swooped in and acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers. Gomez is older at 30 years old and is only under contract through the 2016 season. After which he will be an unrestricted free agent. He is, however, a more established star and center fielder if the Indians want to go all-in for 2016. I cannot imagine them trading any of their pitchers for one All-Star year from an outfielder, though.