Indians trade rumor roundup 7/28
Posted by disappointmentzone on 28 July 2006
With Mr. Choo now a Cleveland Indians, the front office’s attention seems to be turned towards filling two potential gaps in the roster: 1B and 2B. To that end, from today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer:
If the Indians can’t upgrade the club at first or the outfield, they might look at second base. The Indians will make an offer to keep free-agent-in-waiting Ronnie Belliard, but if he doesn’t stay, Alfonso Soriano, Mark Loretta, Luis Castillo, Adam Kennedy and Todd Walker are some of the potential free-agent second basemen.
This somewhat misleading. There is no way the Indians are going to sign Alfonso Soriano should he become a free agent at the end of the season (99% chance of this happening). Adam Kennedy will likely re-sign with the Angels, Loretta with the Red Sox, Castillo is an option but may very well demand more on the market than the Indians would be willing to pay. Todd Walker is a mean joke. If the Indians don’t re-sign Belliard it will be interesting to see how the organization handles Trevor Crowe, who is currently shooting through the minor leagues. In the Akron Beacon Journal today is an article suggesting that the Indians may begin training Crowe to play 2B for two reasons: 1) Because he’s doing so well in the minors but there isn’t room for him on the Indians (he plays OF) and 2) Because there is no one in the organization who is close to ready at 2B to take over for Belliard.
In the Plain Dealer Mark Shapiro discusses Andy Marte, who he has just scouted for the last three games. If the Indians were in contention he wouldn’t be coming to Cleveland so soon.
“Marte looked better in spring training,” said Shapiro. “He needs work.”