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Norris and Pena to Cleveland

The Indians made headline this offseason by signing high profile position players Bourn and Swisher, but they have not addressed their rotation enough to complete in the AL central. Would you trade Norris and Carlos Pena plus $900K to offset some salary to Cleveland for 2 pitching prospects, Mitch Brown and Danny Salazar and Rule 5 Draftee Chris McGuiness. I do this trade prior to the start of the season as I do not feel Norris will do as well in the AL as a fly ball pitcher in MMP. His value could be higher now than in midseason. Post Carter and Friedman acquisitions, C Pena is expendable and replacing him with McGuiness provides us with a platoon of Rule 5 draftees as our DH (McGuiness against RHP and Friedman against LHP). Pena could man 1B for Cleveland allowing them to move Reynolds to DH. Pena is a much better defender than Reynolds. For the Astros, this would leave Carter in LF and Wallace at 1B for 2013. Mitch Brown is young (18) but is Cleveland's 2nd best pitching prospect behind Bauer. Salazar is a year removed from Tommy John but had an impressive 2012 and can see him in our 2014 rotation with a ceiling of a 2/3 starter. McGuiness is currently ranked as the Indians 14th best prospect. If you feel we are not receiving enough for Norrs, then we could also trade Brandon Barnes for Drew Stubbs to help balance the exchange of talent. So what do you think, Luhnow?

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