Indians Rumors: Potential low-key options for Cleveland at the Trade Deadline (Slideshow)

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Jul 11, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Adam Lind (24) follows through on a double in the fifth inning as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) watches at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

-An option at either first base or designated hitter, Lind would be a great addition to the Indians lineup. He can hit for average (.292 in 2015) and power (15 home runs). He’s a legitimate 100-RBI threat and owns a .320 average this season with runners in scoring position. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and is likely to get paid something way outside the Tribe’s price range. (In other words, he’s a rental). The downside, however, is that Lind is another left-handed bat and, while his .231 average against left-handed pitching isn’t putrid, it makes him another platoon-type candidate. Either way, Lind would be an excellent addition to the offense, but only if he comes at the right price. According to Karl Buscheck with Bleacher Report, Lind is the best power bat on the market, so he’s likely to demand a significant return. How much is a half-season rental worth?

This time of year has become so difficult to predict, as there are a number of teams that could really go either way on the list of buyers or sellers — and that includes the Indians. Should the Tribe get hot at the other side of the break, there’s no telling what the front office can pull off.

Will they make a run at a low-key acquisition or will they stand pat and ride this roster as it’s currently constructed?

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