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Cleveland Indians: Early look at the bullpen trade market

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Baltimore Orioles

Even without Zach Britton, the fading Orioles have a quality bullpen full of guys who could be playing their home games elsewhere in the back half of 2018.

Richard Bleier has logged 23 innings for Baltimore thus far, and has only given up three earned runs. He can also give multiple innings of work, having gone more than one inning in eight of his 18 appearances. Despite being a southpaw, Bleier boasts a .213 batting average against and a 0.83 WHIP against right-handed hitters.

Mychal Givens and Brad Brach are off to questionable starts in 2018, but both have track records that suggest they can turn it around. Brach in particular is getting smacked around the ballpark to the tune of a 1.72 WHIP and 4.60 ERA, both of which are significantly higher than his career marks in those categories. Givens had a 5.11 ERA at the end of April, but has since worked that down to 3.32.

None of these relievers would warrant anywhere near the king’s ransom of a certain other Orioles trade target, and could wind up being quality additions to the Indians bullpen for the late summer months.