posted by HitsRus
I don’t buy that at all, unless your goal is just to contend for the AL central and be happy with that... just to extend “the window” for a couple of extra years. If you actually intend to win the World Series, why would you trade all star pitching ( let alone Cy Young pitching) for young prospects .... so say you do that and now you find yourself in July and you have to make deal to strengthen the playoff run.... now your dealing away prospects to get back what you traded away. It makes no sense to trade an Ace now when he has a relatively team friendly contract.
Tribe is way behind the 8-ball in competing with the rest of the AL in every aspect but SP. even without Kluber, they can be right there in that department. Why not get better overall, have a better chance to win now and in future, while dealing him with his best years behind him?
LGT summed it up pretty well. I disagree with the players they threw out as a return, but the premise is my thinkjng exactly.