The Indians continue to gauge the trade markets for both left-hander Cliff Lee and catcher Victor Martinez, but doubt they will receive the value they desire for either player, major-league sources say.
Lee is a “longshot” to be traded and Martinez “more of a longshot,” one source says. The Red Sox, however, continue to scout and express interest in Martinez even after acquiring first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Martinez would be more easily replaced than Lee. The Indians have a top catching prospect, Carlos Santana at Class AA, but their starting pitching is quite thin even with Lee.
The Indians want a major-league ready starter — someone along the lines of the Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz or Braves’ Tommy Hanson — as the centerpiece of any trade for Lee.
Their goals for Martinez are similar, considering the weakness of their rotation. The Red Sox, though, have been protective of their young pitching. Their reluctance to trade Buchholz only figures to increase now that he is in their rotation and right-handers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield are on the disabled list.