Cleveland Indians Trade Deadline Points of Focus

The Cleveland Indians have been one of baseball’s best teams in 2016. The Indians have a dominant starting rotation and solid infield, but have room to improve in other areas. Here are some options the Indians have at the deadline to better their chances at winning their first World Series since 1948.

Pursue Jonathan Lucroy

The Indians have reportedly inquired about Jonathan Lucroy, and they are currently in talks with the Brewers about stringing together a deal. Yan Gomes recently landed on the DL, but was not very impressive at the plate prior to his injury. He slashed a poor .165/.198/.313 prior to his injury. Lucroy is slashing .305/ .362/.492, which would be a major upgrade for the Indians. Lucroy is slated to earn $5.25 MM in 2017 before becoming a free agent in 2018.

Get a Late Inning Left Handed Reliever

The Indians have a good bullpen, but there is certainly room for improvement there. A late inning lefty would be ideal for the Tribe to pursue. One potential option is Jake McGee. McGee is having an awful first year with the Rockies (5.60 ERA) after having a successful six year stint with the Rays (2.77 ERA). The Indians could try to buy low here and hope that a change of scenery will get McGee back on track. After this season, McGee will be arbitration eligible.

Add Outfield Depth

With a Michael Brantley return uncertain for the time being, the Indians should try to pursue some outfield help. There are lots of available outfielders including Jay Bruce, Josh Reddick, and Melvin Upton Jr. The Indians could also pursue bigger names such as Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Braun, and Charlie Blackmon. All six of these players would provide the Indians some outfield help, the Indians just need to decide how much they are willing to give up. How much the Indians are willing to give up will be a big factor in who they can get in return.

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