Indians looking to trade Rafael Betancourt and Kerry Wood

According to ESPN.com Jayson Stark, the Cleveland Indians may be looking to deal relievers Kerry Wood, and Rafael Betancourt.

Betancourt is believed to be the only of the two who has any value on the open market. Wood who is in the midst of a two-year $20 million contract is believed to be virtually "untradeable".

Here is what one American League executive said about Wood.

"It was two and 20, so now it's down to, what -- 1½ and 15 million (laugh)? I just don't see anybody taking on that kind of cash. And much as I love Wood's stuff, I don't know that he has the command to make the pitches he has to make. With his stuff, it's unbelievable he doesn't get out of more jams. But he just doesn't get ahead enough."

Betancourt, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 2, is expected to return to the Indians before the all-star break. Provided Betancourt can return, and prove that he is in fact healthy, there should be several teams interested.

Unlike Wood, Betancourt, has a much more affordable contract. He is scheduled to make $3.5 million this year, with a club option for $5.4 million in 2010.

The Indians, who are clearly going nowhere this year would be very happy to part ways with either pitcher, it's now just a matter of finding a partner. Wood as we said he's not going anywhere so forget that, but provided Betancourt puts together some quality appearances from now until the July 31 deadline expect someone to pick him up.

 

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