It has already been written, but it bears repeating; Indians president Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff find themselves on the good side of the trade much more often than the other way around.
We used that space last week to congratulate commercial pitcher Mike Clevinger and outfielder Greg Allen at the Padres for pitcher Can Quantrill, wide receiver Austin Hedges, infielder Owen Miller, outfielder Josh Naylor plus prospect Gabriel Arias. and pitcher prospect Joey Cantillo.
The Indians facing former Tribe pitcher Corey Kluber in their game with the Yankees on September 17 in the Bronx are a reminder of how they robbed the Rangers in December 2019.
The tribe traded Kluber in Texas for outfielder Delino DeShields and relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase.
Kluber was injured on his first start for Rangers. They didn’t re-sign him after the 2020 season and he signed as a free agent with the Yankees. He threw a hit in the spring and was injured on his next start. He pitched six white innings against the Tribe on September 17, but the trade with the Rangers was still won by the Indians.
DeShields didn’t work, but Clase certainly did. He pitched 62 2/3 innings in 64 games and made 23 saves. He hasn’t been perfect, as his 3-5 record shows, but he’s only 23. He does not qualify for arbitration until 2024 and is not a free agent until 2027.
Acquiring players with years of club control remaining is paramount to the trades Antonetti and Chernoff make.
Franmil Reyes and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen were acquired in a three-team trade in which the Indians sent pitcher Trevor Bauer to the Reds. Bauer won the Cy Young Award in 2020, but the Reds couldn’t afford to keep it. He signed a three-year, $ 104 million contract with the Dodgers, and now his future is uncertain after being accused of sexual assault by a San Diego woman.
Reyes has 29 homers and 77 RBIs in 101 games for the Indians this season. He is eligible for arbitration this winter. It did not achieve free agency status until 2025.
Allen is a work in progress, but he’s a left-handed starter and is only 24, so the Indians aren’t about to give up on him just because he’s 1-7 with a 7 ERA. , 11. He might need another year at Columbus before he’s ready. He was part of the rotation to start the season but clearly wasn’t ready for Major League strikes.