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Winter Meetings Indians Rumors: Recapping Day Two

Tuesday was another whirlwind day at the Winter Meetings for the Cleveland Indians. Here’s a look at the Tribe news and rumors that came out of Nashville on Day Two.

  • Victorino to Boston. Barely 24 hours after news of the Indians’ “serious interest” in Shane Victorino first broke, the free agent outfielder signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox. Cleveland reportedly offered him four years and $44 million—a higher monetary guarantee but a lower annual salary.

  • High asking price for Cabrera. Paul Hoynes reported Monday night that the Indians had rejected an offer for Asdrubal Cabrera that would have brought the Tribe “one big-league pitcher and two high-level prospects” when the other team refused to throw in a third minor leaguer. Clearly it will take a lot to get Cleveland to part with Cabrera—perhaps the asking price might be too high.
  • Weak market for Choo. Speaking of potential trade returns, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Indians have been disappointed by the market for Shin-Soo Choo; the Denard Span trade seems to have set an unfortunate precedent for returns on dealing outfielders.
  • Talks with the Diamondbacks. Arizona is known to be interested in Asdrubal Cabrera, and Rosenthal reported that Cleveland is interested in pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs; the Indians have also discussed Trevor Bauer. Meanwhile, multiple sources connected the Tribe to Justin Upton.
  • Who’s on first? In news that didn’t really surprise anyone, Hoynes reported that the Indians met with Kevin Youkilis‘ agent. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman also linked the Tribe to Mark Reynolds.
  • Pestano to Queens? ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that the Mets are targeting Vinnie Pestano. Luckily for his fans in Cleveland, I have a hard time envisioning New York giving up enough to make trading Pestano worthwhile, especially in advance of the likely departure of Chris Perez. From Hoynes: “the Indians have made it clear he’s not going anywhere.”

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