Cleveland Indians: 5 trade deadline packages to help starting rotation

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Cleveland Indians get lefty Tyler Anderson

After starting the season rather well, Tyler Anderson has struggled a bit lately which has actually dropped his price in a trade. However, given the huge need of a starting pitcher, Anderson could fall right into the range the Cleveland Indians are looking to pay.

Making just $2.5 million in total this season and being a free agent this upcoming offseason, Anderson’s price against the books might be the best on the market. For the same reason, it shouldn’t cost a ton to acquire him.

As we said, Anderson has had an up-and-down season. His last win came back on May 9, but that’s not entirely his fault. He has also allowed at least one run in each appearance, but has still managed to keep his ERA at 4.82. That’s not great, but it’s serviceable enough to make Cleveland’s rotation.

For what it would take, the Pirates only have one catcher on their Top 30 prospect list and he’s not a true catcher, having the ability to play outfield as well. Bryan Lavastida is the second catcher on the Tribe’s list and would give Pittsburgh another option. He’s not a big name prospect, but bolsters the Pirates’ farm system at the position, which is all they should expect in return for Anderson.