Cleveland Indians: 3 players the Tribe should trade, but no team wants

Bradley Zimmer #4 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Jordan Luplow
Jordan Luplow #8 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Jordan Luplow, OF, Cleveland Indians

Somehow, the outfield for the Cleveland Indians has turned into a log jam. Granted, it’s not a bunch of great players fighting for time, but rather a group of average players just trying to get playing time. Once healthy, Eddie Rosario and Harold Ramirez will man the corner outfield spots. Hopefully, Oscar Mercado takes over in center, leaving just a depth spot left to fill from the rest of the players available.

Beyond those three starters the Tribe have to make a decision between Zimmer, Daniel Johnson and Jordan Luplow. There’s a decent chance at least one of them gets moved at the deadline.

While he used to be a well regarded prospect, Luplow has struggled in the majors, whether it be with Cleveland or the Pittsburgh Pirates. He showed potential during the 2019 season with 15 doubles and 15 home runs as well as an average above .275. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been sustainable.

Luplow’s career numbers still fall at just .222/.327/.452, but this season has been his worst yet. He flashed some power early in the year with seven home runs, but his average at .173 won’t make up for it. That paired with the injuries make it a tough sell.

Having just started a rehab assignment, Luplow might be back by the deadline, but that doesn’t mean there will be teams interested. Of these three, he might have the best shot at drawing interest, but the odds are still slim.