Who’s on the trade block should the Cleveland Indians become sellers?
In the span of less than two weeks the Cleveland Indians went from 42-33, nine-games above .500 and two games out of first place in the American League Central, to 42-42, on a nine-game losing streak and clawing to have some sort of success in any aspect of the game.
While the return of Zach Plesac gave the club some positive news along with a much needed win, it might not be enough to turn around the issues that go beyond just one starting spot in the rotation. That means that all the talk of players the Tribe could pursue at the trade deadline might become a mute point. It seemed like a stretch before that Cleveland could even become buyers, but now it seems like the tables are turning.
The losing streak has made the postseason look like an uphill battle for Cleveland now. It’s not impossible, but with the trade deadline only a couple weeks away, it’s going to take a lot more than .500 to commit to buying. For a team with a young core and most of the future still in the minors, this might turn into a season in which they sell.
Predicting what the team could be looking for in return is a bit difficult, especially with the MLB Draft happening in a few days. The team has had mixed return recently. The Mike Clevinger trade brought a great haul, but the Francisco Lindor deal fell short of expectations a bit. So when it comes to any deal the team makes at the deadline, who knows.
With that being said, the Cleveland Indians could still explore the option of becoming sellers if the July struggles continue. If that’s the case, then these four players could be on the chopping block. They aren’t big pieces of the club’s future and could be somewhat easily replaced for the rest of the year.