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Cleveland Indians: Potential trade targets before the deadline

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Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets

Brandon Nimmo became a little tougher to get with the recent injury news of Yoenis Cespedes. I think Nimmo can still be had, but it will probably take something a little better to get him.

The Mets need a little bit of everything. When 32-year-old Asdrubal Cabrera led your team in the major three offensive categories (AVG, HR, RBI) it’s going to be a loooong season and they just traded him to Philadelphia. Nimmo is 25 years old and stands 6-foot-3and 207 pounds.

This season he’s batted .254 with 13 home runs and 31 RBIs. Nimmo is another player who is getting his first real shot at being an everyday player. If Nimmo was on the Indians he would lead the outfield in HR, SLG and OPS. At this point his only real competition in the Indians outfield would be Michael Brantley. Needless to say, he would be a big upgrade over what is there now.

Defensively, Nimmo is an average outfielder. His dWAR is -0.6. He’s not the second coming of Kenny Lofton, but he isn’t going to hurt an outfield that has been poor defensively this season. Also, Nimmo falls under the category of being a long-term solution. He isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2020 and won’t become a free agent until 2023.