Pittsburgh Pirates: Five trade packages for Josh Bell

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 04: Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the Minnesota Twins on August 4, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 04: Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the Minnesota Twins on August 4, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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The Indians have a lot of decisions to make this offseason. One of them is to decide what to do at first base.

It has been reported that Francisco Lindor will be traded before opening day. This will be a big blow to an Indians team who can certainly make the playoffs again in 2021. The other big blow that they might take this offseason is losing their first baseman, Carlos Santana. If they lose him on the open market, they might look to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a younger version of Santana. Bell and Santana are extremely similar. Poor defense throughout their careers, amazing .900+ OPS All-Star 2019’s, and then bad 2020’s.

This is the type of trade that one team will win, and one team will lose, as the Indians will send two lower-ranking prospects with high ceilings. Daniel Espino is a 19-year-old Panamanian starting pitcher who can hit triple digits and consistently is in the upper 90’s with his fastball, but of course, control is the major problem that he will have to figure out.

Bobby Bradley is an MLB ready power-hitting first baseman. He has consistently been an outstanding hitter in the minors with an .846 OPS over his 6 seasons in the minors. However, he will have to get better on defense and adjust to the MLB as he had 49 major league plate appearances for the Indians in 2019 and only hit .178 with a .600 OPS and a homer. He was a member of the Indians 2020 player pool but was never called up, despite the Indians’ offensive woes.