Buyers or sellers?
While the MLB Trade Deadline is still two months away on July 31, the next month will be spent figuring out where the Cleveland Indians stand. Being on the brink of the playoffs, the month of June has the potential to make or break the season. With that comes making a decision on which side of the deadline the club will be.
In addition to figuring out the team’s stance, the front office will also be scouting and pinpointing targets for either side of the deal. If they are buying, who are they looking to get and what are they willing to give up? If it’s a selling year, who goes and what prospects are intriguing pieces to bring into the organization.
The biggest question at this point might be what’s the budget look like? If the team wants to be buyers, then they’ll obviously have a limit to what they can spend, both in money and prospects. If selling is the route, what players on the roster are desirable to other clubs across the league down the stretch?
We’ve got two months to talk about all of this, and there will be plenty to talk about, but now is when the thought process has to begin for the front office.