Tribe talkin' Teahen

The Indians are looking for a third baseman, and they might have found one in their own division.


According to multiple reports, the Tribe is talking to the Royals about third baseman Mark Teahen. The Royals, who are searching for a center fielder to move David DeJesus to left, might be interested in Franklin Gutierrez, Ben Francisco or Minor Leaguer Trevor Crowe.


This wouldn't be the first time Kansas City has shown interest in Gutierrez and Francisco. The Royals were believed to be interested in both players when the two American League Central Division clubs discussed a trade for Octavio Dotel in 2007. That trade was never consummated.


The 27-year-old Teahen hasn't played third base regularly since 2006. He was moved to the outfield to make room for Alex Gordon.


Teahen was the 39th overall selection in 2002 Draft by the A's. He was traded to the Royals in 2004.


Over four Major League seasons, the left-handed-hitting Teahen has batted .268 with 47 homers and 243 RBIs in 532 games. In '08, he hit .255 with 15 homers, 31 doubles, four triples, a .313 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage in 149 games.


Mark Teahen? Really? We have a hole at third base. Teahen would be the equivalent of bubblegum trying to fill that hole. The guy played 13 games at the hot corner last year. I would hate to see us trade our young outfield talent so early in the offseason for Mark Teahen. If he can be exchanged for just straight up Gutierrez or Francisco, I wouldn’t mind adding him. But I certainly wouldn’t think of him as the answer at third, but more of a sound option at either infield or outfield corner.

If we move Francisco I’ll hurt somebody, but I could part with Gut for him, but like djacks said, straight up.

Gutierrez is younger, the better defender and with the most upside. He’d be an over-payment for Teahen.

Francisco is solid offensively (although strictly a fastball hitter) but somewhat challenged defensively. Oh well, even swap I guess.

Crowe is unproven and has no place to play. He’s not as good offensively as Francisco and not as good defensively as Gutierrez. Michael Brantley is a better Trevor Crowe than Trevor Crowe is. I’d prefer this swap.

Hopefully, Teahen isn’t being seen as a long term solution at 3B. He’d be fine in the super-utility role that Blake should have been in all along. He’s definitely more useful to the club than Crowe would be at this point.

I’m still holding out hopes for a deal that allows us to shift Peralta to 3B.

I noticed that the Brewers really are going to make a serious play for C.C. but would need salary relief to balance things out. J.J. Hardy?

No offense but if you think Gut has a bigger upside at the plate you weren’t watching wave at breaking balls all year like I was.

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