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A lot of teams are asking about Fausto Carmona

Dec 15, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

Fausto Carmona

Now that the Cliff Lee shoe has dropped, everyone is looking at cheaper, less-already-signed-by-other-teams-this-winter  pitchers.  Jon Paul Morosi reports that one of the more sought-after of that breed is the Indians’ Fausto Carmona:

One major-league source with close knowledge of Carmona’s market said the Indians aren’t eager to move him but are in a “listen and explore” mode because of the heavy interest following the Cliff Lee signing.

Carmona had that monster 2007 and then spent two years in the woods.  It was a nice quiet bounce back season last year, however, in that he reduced his walks and allowed fewer homers than he had in previous seasons.

Still, I have a hard time seeing Cleveland giving up Carmona given that he has a pretty team-friendly contract (he’s owed $6.1 million next year and has team options for $7 million, $9 million and $12 million in 2012-14).  It’s probably too much to expect that he’ll return to 2007 form, but even if he just builds on what he did last season in a modest fashion, he’s pretty valuable and is worth having around for at least the next three years, and maybe even that third option year.

But yeah: I totally see why he would be sought-after by someone looking for starting pitching.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    I’d do it for 2 quality pitching prospects and 2 quality hitting prospects. They have no one left on that team, and at the same time there won’t be a free agent ace until 2012.

  2. Brian - Dec 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Plan B, anyone?

    • Lukehart80 - Dec 15, 2010 at 4:03 PM

      Can’t the Yankees leave Indians’ pitchers alone?

  3. bigtrav425 - Dec 15, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Listen and explore means he is gone which means the Tribe once again is going to get raped with no lube because the people running this team and organization are complete tards and have no business owning,being a general manager or running a professional sports team

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