Cleveland Indians: 3 players to rule out from trade deadline talk

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3 players to rule out for the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline

Trade deadline talk is running rampant through Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians have been no exception. We’ve gone over players who could be added and players who could be on their way out. We’ve even discussed if the Tribe will be buyers or if they will opt to be a seller. What we haven’t talked about are the players that the front office has most likely already crossed off their list.

There’s no question that the current front office is a bit restricted in what they can do. Any players brought in via trade have to fit into the financial restraints of the club and also have to be affordable in terms of outgoing prospects. That really narrows the list of players that are available to the club.

On top of that, there has to be a worthwhile need on the roster for the position. For example, there’s obviously no need for a third baseman because Jose Ramirez has the position locked down, Franmil Reyes is the designated hitter and Nolan Jones is the guy for the future at the spot. With all of that covered, why make a move for a player there?

When it comes to the needs of the Cleveland Indians, starting pitching takes the cake but there are few big name pitchers on the market this year, if any. The Tribe could also look to improve other areas of the roster, like infield depth, catcher depth and possibly another outfielder. For all of those needs, there are plenty of options out there but not all will fit in with what Cleveland is looking to do and can do.

With that being said, these three players can be crossed off the trade deadline list for the Cleveland Indians one way or another. Either the player will cost too much on the payroll, isn’t the right roster fit or would be too expensive of a trade in terms of outgoing prospects. Whatever the reason, they most likely won’t end up playing for the Tribe this year.