Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
A passionate Cleveland Indians’ fan base has been clamoring all season long about the “cheapness” of the front office and obviously desires a major splash at the July 31 Trade Deadline. As great as it’d be to acquire the likes of Yasiel Puig or another big-time bat in the middle of the lineup, the chances of such a move are markedly slim.
And it isn’t because the front office can’t evaluate talent or the current ownership group is cheap.
Given the current playoff landscape in baseball, there is unlikely to be a significant offensive difference-maker available for the Tribe to pursue. Any return of Ben Zobrist is unlikely to be worth the cost and the Indians’ front office isn’t likely to give up the prospects necessary to acquire Justin Upton or Juan Uribe.
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