Buster Olney of espn.com is reporting that the Indians will move C/1B Victor Martinez before Friday’s trade deadline.
Olney quotes an American League official as saying now that the Indians have traded pitcher Cliff Lee to the Phillies, they will increase their efforts to deal Martinez.
“I don’t think they’d move one without thinking about moving the other,” the American League official said.
Martinez is hitting .285 with 15 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Indians, who have a club option on Martinez for the 2010 season.
I mean, wow, how exciting has this trade deadline been already? And to think we still have a couple of days to play with.
Thing is, league G.M.’s had an inkling a number of good players would be made available this summer, and planned accordingly when budgeting their resources last winter.
In any event, things should get real interesting over the next 48 hours.