The Tribe may not be in complete sell mode after all this offseason.
The Indians have been a hot topic on the rumor mill this offseason for the players they seem willing to trade away, like outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Cleveland may not be looking just to sell, however, as the club is checking in on some big-name players, including Nick Swisher, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Most of the talk around the Indians this offseason revolves around which players they will trade...
Yet, according to major-league sources, the Indians aren’t limiting their search to improve, even while considering moves that seemingly will result in a step backward.
In fact, club officials are checking in on most of the available players in trades and free agency, even ones who seemingly will be out of their financial reach.Case in point: Free-agent outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher.
The 32-year-old Swisher is drawing interest from a number of clubs, including the Red Sox and Orioles, and is believed to be seeking a contract in the range of Jayson Werth's seven-year, $126-million deal with the Nationals.
Rosenthal posits that it is not likely the Indians will swoop in and sign Swisher with the number of more competitive teams in dire need of outfield help, but crazier things have happened.