With Memorial Day Weekend fast approaching, teams are going to start deciding whether to be buyers and/or sellers this year. It's still early, but teams that are off to rocky starts could look to bail, while teams out in front will look to seal up any leaks.
Cleveland Indians - SELLER
We never claimed to be excellent prognosticators, but we right on the money this year concerning the Cleveland Indians. After 39 games, the Indians sit in the cellar of the AL Central, 11 games under .500 and 7.5 games behind first place Detroit. Here are three players we think the Indians will or might move.
Cliff Lee - Last year's AL Cy Young winner got hammered in his first two starts, but has posted a 1.43 ERA in his six starts since. Lee's in the last year of a 3-yr deal, though the club holds an $8 million option (what a bargain) for next season. At just 27 years old, Lee could bring back a number of valuable players should the Indians decide to deal him.
Mark DeRosa - Though 33 and in the last year of a deal, teams will be lining up to try to acquire DeRosa's services. He can play three of the four infield positions, as well as the corner outfield spots in a pinch. DeRosa had 21 home runs, 30 doubles, and 87 RBI for the Cubs last season. He's not hitting much this year, but he's still second on the team in RBI.
SI's Jon Heyman reported today that the Indians are fielding offers for DeRosa.
Kerry Wood - The Indians gave their new free agent closer a 3-yr deal this past off-season, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't be willing to move him in later in the season. Teams are constantly in need of bullpen help and teams could either use him to close (Texas) or set up (Yankees).