These teams could trade for Tribe's top arms – MLB.com

The Indians’ Opening Day payroll for their 25-man roster increased roughly 40 percent between 2016 and ’18, but attendance fell this past season and, after reaching Game 7 of the World Series in 2016, the club has played only four home playoff games the past two years.

This is how revenue realities begin to impact the championship window of a club that has used affordable cornerstone players as the backbone for three straight American League Central titles. Those players simply aren’t as affordable as they used to be (in-house raises and arbitration cases account for virtually all of the money the Indians have coming off the books in free agency), and the budget for external acquisitions is not going up.

The Indians’ Opening Day payroll for their 25-man roster increased roughly 40 percent between 2016 and ’18, but attendance fell this past season and, after reaching Game 7 of the World Series in 2016, the club has played only four home playoff games the past two years.

This is how revenue realities begin to impact the championship window of a club that has used affordable cornerstone players as the backbone for three straight American League Central titles. Those players simply aren’t as affordable as they used to be (in-house raises and arbitration cases account for virtually all of the money the Indians have coming off the books in free agency), and the budget for external acquisitions is not going up.

So the front office has to find creative ways to fill its needs, primarily in the outfield and bullpen. That’s why you’re hearing rumors about the Indians being willing to listen to trade offers for pretty much any player that has a significant salary and is not named Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez.

While that list includes All-Star

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