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The Nats are interested in Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

Jan 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

Fausto Carmona

Phil Wood of MASN reports that a “big league scout” says that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona.

I guess I can see that. Both of those guys have tremendous upside. But it also strikes me that the Indians would be silly to entertain offers for them now.  At the moment Sizemore is an unknown quantity given that he’s coming off microfracture surgery, and most teams would be foolish to offer more than a pittance for him. If he shows he’s healthy and effective again, however, he’s a relative bargain of an impact player for whom the Indians could get some serious value.

Carmona is someone that the Indians should probably not consider trading at all given that he’s locked up for the next four seasons with a $6.1 million deal this year and three affordable team options through 2014.  Someone has to pitch for the Indians, and if Carmona even comes within sight of his 2007 form, he’s a bargain.  At the very least the Indians should wait to trade Carmona to a desperate contender mid-season, demanding a ton in return.

It’s a fun rumor, but unless the Indians have lost their minds, it’s almost certainly a one-sided one, borne more of the Nats’ desires than the prospect of an actual deal.

  1. Lukehart80 - Jan 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    For Strasburg and Harper (just a couple prospects really), right?

  2. BC - Jan 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    If I’m the Indians and I can get a decent package for Sizemore, I trade him in a second. The guy can’t stay healthy, and he’s not exactly a kid any more. Carmona, no way, hang on to him, he’s a bargain.

  3. largebill - Jan 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    As an Indians fan this idea makes me want to puke. At least let us get off to our customary slow start before we start dumping salary.

  4. heiniemanush - Jan 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    The Fausto of 2007 was a mirage, the 2010 version is probably what you’re going to get for the next few years. He’s more of a pitch to contact, innings-eater than a top of the rotation guy and if the Indians can get the Sens to overpay for him they should pull the trigger. Nobody’s going to give them much for Sizemore until he shows he’s healthy and that’s a huge question mark. And if he does come all the way back, why would you want to trade a five tool guy in his prime?

  5. bigtrav425 - Jan 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Id trade Grady in a minute.He isnt a corner stone player at all.Cant stay healthy and is nothing more then a 5 hitter with speed when it comes to batting….Fausto id keep for now because like ya said someone has to pitch for the tribe and he is a bargian

  6. Lukehart80 - Jan 25, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    The health questions are legit, but Sizemore was one of the 5 or 6 best players in baseball from 2005-2008. He’s 28 years old. The notion that he can’t be a cornerstone player is wrong.

  7. woodenulykteneau - Jan 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    The only thing uglier than Phil Wood’s face are his reporting skills.

  8. kmgannon - Jan 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    ” unless the Indians have lost their minds…”

    This would not be unheard of. Never underestimate the will of the Indians to dump salaries.

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