January 19, 2021

The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the Cleveland Indians (Baseball Essential)


For the Cleveland Indians, the decade of the 2010s will forever be remembered as the 10-year run where they blew a 3-1 series lead in the Fall Classic. It’s harsh, but it’s the truth. In the second half of the decade the Indians possessed a deep roster. Headlined by homegrown studs such as Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana, and Jason Kipnis, among others, they had a deep, well-versed offense.

Meanwhile, they sported one of the best pitching staffs in Major League Baseball headlined by Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer, among others. Becoming one of the best teams in the American League came with crafty maneuvering by the front office — although not every player swap was a boom.

Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Cleveland Indians have made since 2010.

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