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The Big Deals (Contest)

Nick killed the long-form version so I'm opting for brevity.

For an inexplicable reason I'm leaning toward the Indians making a bigger splash than we expect. It's obvious that the Indians have vast problems in run producing, but I wouldn't shy away from saying there is also a lot of value to gain in terms of additional run prevention.

That being said, I do expect Antonetti to make a move for some sort of offensive piece. Nick has put forth a very strong case for Melky Cabrera and I'm inclined to think he's spot on, which in reality means it probably won't happen. Honestly, I haven't looked at any rumors at all so I'm not certain who we've been linked with, but I would guess any move the front office is making is off the media's radar.

We've touched on Hiroki Kuroda, but I'm looking at another Dodger that's in the last year of their contract: Matt Kemp. (Update: As TheDanimal notes in the comments, Kemp is still under club contract for another year. I've thus added Hagadone into the deal).

The price he would command would be steep — or would it? The Indians would surely pick up the remainder of Kemp's $6.95 million salary, giving the Dodgers some much needed cash, and, we'll, Ned Colletti is a moron. I think Jeanmar Gomez and Chun-Hsiu Chen gets it done (again, provided we pick up Kemp's salary, and I'll say throw in an extra couple million).

I'd prefer if the front office made a move for another bullpen arm, either Koji Uehara of the Orioles or Grant Balfour of the Athletics, as I've no faith in Steel, Hermann and Durbin are destined for demotion and release respectively and Pestano is experiencing difficulties. But I don't think that'll happen.

My thinking on this goes back to when the Indians were apparently serious about attempting to trade for Alex Rodriguez a few years ago. I'm certain to be wildly off base but I can see the Indians even making a play to extend Kemp if they traded for him given their lack of future contractual obligations.

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