club options for 2010.
The Indians seem somewhat more apt to trade Victor Martinez than Cliff Lee, although teams are pursuing both stars who have contracts with very reasonable club options for 2010 (V-Mart for $7 mil, Lee for $9 mil).
While there's been more internal dialogue about Lee lately, the Indians aren't sure they can replace a top-of-the-rotation starter. As for Martinez's replacement, that's eventually going to be Carlos Santana, the best catching prospect in baseball. One hitch: The Indians believe Santana won't be read defensively until 2011, and current backup Kelly Shoppach has struggled offensively.
The Red Sox are the most oft-mentioned pursuer of Martinez. They also match up well with Cleveland, which seeks young starters. While Boston may be disinclined to trade top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz, they also have Junichi Tazawa, Casey Kelly, Michael Bowden and closer-of-the-future Daniel Bard. While Boston acquired Adam LaRoche on Wednesday, it hasn't ruled out V-Mart.
The Phillies, Dodgers, Brewers, Rangers and any other team that may fail to land superstar pitcher Roy Halladay should have interest in Lee, who unlike Halladay doesn't have a no-trade clause.