Interesting to see in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jason Bay to the Indians deal could be back on, but unfortunately for the Tribe, it looks like it's going to take Franklyn Gutierrez in the deal to make this happen. Per Pirates beat reported Dejan Kovacevic: The Pirates and Cleveland Indians revived talks at the Opryland Hotel late last night and developed a framework for a five-player trade, Bay and catcher Ronny Paulino going to Cleveland for outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, catcher Kelly Shoppach and either starter Cliff Lee or a minor-league pitching prospect.
As much as I love Franky G, if the Indians are willing to do this deal, it means they must have faith in Ben Francisco because he would become the right fielder with Bay in left. Franky's defense cannot be replaced by anyone. His rocket arm and ridiculous range cannot be overlooked. But with the Tigers now having an all-star at every position, a counter move is an absolute must.
Pitares, Indians, discussing a five-player deal - Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette