2. Tony Gonsolin and No. 11 Prospect DJ Peters to Cleveland for Lindor
The Dodgers can help the Indians bolster their pitching and outfield with this move.
While Tony Gonsolin’s flaws were as clear as day in the playoffs, he was Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year during the regular season. The 26-year-old owns a 2.60 ERA in 20 games (14 starts) and maintained a 2.31 mark with a 0.84 WHIP in nine games (eight starts). But the crazy part is that the Dodgers don’t need him.
They have Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias and Dustin May to lead the way for the foreseeable future and have the luxury of dealing from this excess. Plus, LA has Josiah Gray (No. 1 in farm system), Bobby Miller (No. 7), Clayton Beeter (No. 8) and Mitch White (No. 9) as pitchers that could be knocking on the MLB door soon.
Throwing in DJ Peters should coax the Indians as well considering they’ve been unable to get reliable offensive production from their outfield for what feels like years. Peters, 24, split time between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019 and slashed .249/.358/.453 with 71 runs scored, 23 home runs and 81 RBI.
The former fourth-round pick in 2016 should’ve gotten MLB action this year assuming there was a minor league season and he continued on that trajectory. Nonetheless, the Indians will have to deal with acquiring prospects that have missed a full year of playing time.
This deal will give Cleveland two promising controllable pieces that could help them in a big way over the next five or six years.