The Cleveland Indians are not in full-on trade mode yet, but general manager Chris Antonetti has expressed that the club will at least "listen" to offers on Shin-Soo Choo, Justin Masterson, Chris Perez and Asdrubal Cabrera, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
The Cleveland Indians, willing to discuss their biggest players in trades, could be one of the centers of trade activity here at the GM meetings.
No less than four very good Indians players are already drawing calls -- starter Justin Masterson, closer Chris Perez, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. And Cleveland will listen.
"I'm not looking to move those guys,'' Indiand GM Chris Antonetti said. "But we have to be open-minded.''
While we knew from Monday's news that many Cleveland players would come up in trade talks, it was unclear until now whether Antonetti would give anything the time of day.
Heyman posits that several teams could be a fit for each player, citing the Red Sox and Tigers as possible landing spots for more than one of Cleveland's players. Boston and the Tribe are on the hunt for similar pieces this winter -- namely starting pitching, an outfielder and a first baseman -- so the two may not end up being the best of trade partners.
Choo is the only player of the four who will be a free agent following the 2013 season, which could help or hurt his trade value depending on whether the acquiring team feels he will be worthy of a qualifying offer next year.