The annual Winter Meetings wrapped up Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, and while there have been a few trades and free agent signings of note around the league, things in particular for the Cleveland Indians have been active but, in the end, quiet.
Trade rumors swirled throughout the week, largely centered on the Indians big starting rotation pieces of Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. Reports of as many as a dozen different teams have reached out to inquire about the availability of the arms, but the message from the Cleveland front office was clear – we are listening, but we are in no hurry to just give away any pitcher without a solid and quality return of Major League ready pieces.
There is little argument that the roster as it presently stands is not the one that the Indians want to bring with them to Goodyear, Arizona, in just over two months time. The only thing that would be more foolish than that, however, would be to try to make a move just for the sake of making a move. That plays a big part in the difference between the staff paid to construct the roster and those who play the role of pseudo general manager behind Twitter avatars, in Facebook comments, and through their voices coming out of your radio during the rare moment Indians talk actually graces the airwaves.