For the Cleveland Indians, the time has arrived for them to decide whether or not the Indians need to go, “all-in” for the 2016 season. While the Indians have had a lot of bright spots and no really big concerns going into the Trade Deadline. But there is no such thing as a perfect team. The Indians can always find ways to improve and it’s time to take a look at what the Indians could look to do in the next week.
So with that said, let’s jump into what positions the Indians should be targeting come the Trade Deadline.
Potential Targets- Rays: Evan Longoria, Athletics: Danny Valencia, Padres: Yangervis Solarte
Potential Target- Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy, Padres: Derek Norris, Athletics: Stephen Vogt, Twins: Kurt Suzuki
Potential Targets- Braves: Aroydis Vizcaino, Brewers: Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith, Athletics: Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle, Yankees: Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman.
My offer- CLE acquires Aroldis Chapman in exchange NYY acquires SP Mike Clevinger and 3B Yandy Diaz
My offer- CLE acquires C Jonathan Lucroy and RP Will Smith in exchange MIL acquires SP Justus Sheffield, C Francisco Mejia, SP Mike Clevinger
My offer- CLE acquires RPs Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress in exchange MIL acquires SP Juan Hillman, SP Shawn Morrimando, RP Kyle Crockett
My offer- CLE acquires 3B Danny Valencia in exchange OAK acquires 1B Nellie Rodriguez
My offer- CLE acquires RP Andrew Miller in exchange NYY acquires 1B Bobby Bradley, SP Shawn Morrimando, SP Juan Hillman
The MLB Trade Deadline is still a week a way and a lot of things can still change. If the Yankees continue to win and climb back in this, the Indians options for lefty relievers could get thinner and the latest trade of Mariners LRP Mike Montgomery to the Cubs could be signaling that either the Yankees are asking too much, or they’re still going to try to win. The Indians either the Yankees relievers are in or out shouldn’t be discouraged to make a deal. There are plenty of options out there for them. I’m fairly certain that the Indians will find a way to make some sort of move at the deadline, now whether it’s a blockbuster move or not, we’ll find out. That’s what you gotta love at the Trade Deadline, unlike the NBA Trade Deadline, blockbuster moves can either happen or not happen at any moment. I’m excited for what the next week brings us as an Indians fan because let’s think about it. If I told you Michael Brantley would be out for most of the season, Tyler Naquin emerges as a potential star and not only would you be in 1st Place, but on the minds of many National media analysts a World Series contender, would you believe me? Let’s be honest… no you wouldn’t. Enjoy this ride and get out to the ballpark when the Indians come back home!