Trade Target #4: RHP Carlos Carrasco
One of more infuriating rumors from this offseason has came from the Indians. Although the club currently plays in the worst division, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that Cleveland is willing to listen on trade offers for some of their best players not named Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez.
Thanks to “market constraints”, the Indians are looking to retool a bit. I guess there is some merit to such an action, but the situation reeks of cheap ownership. That said, the Astros should look into acquiring one of Cleveland’s pitchers. Corey Kluber is an obvious one, but the price for him in terms of prospect is likely quite high. Instead, Houston should take a long look at right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
2018 stats: 192 IP, 3.38 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 46.8% GB%, 29.5% K%, 5.5% BB%
Once I looked at his stats though, I am pretty sure Carrasco won’t come cheap for any team. The 31-year old has been one of the majors most underrated starters in recent years. He is also under club control for a reasonable price through 2021. If you’re a fan of a contending club, like the Astros, you should hope that your front office is willing to trade for Carrasco. The fact that the Indians are even thinking about trading him at this point infuriates the baseball fan in me even more.
Like Paxton, the prospect package for Carrasco won’t be light. At the same time, I am not sure if the Astros would part ways with Whitley or Tucker for him. Probably not, but trade negotiations can always take an unexpected turn. Yordan Alvarez or J.B. Bukauskas are the likely starting point in any negotiation. Houston’s starting rotation does require some stability beyond 2019, and acquiring Carrasco would be a fine place to start.