1 trade the Cleveland Indians have to make
The one move that the Cleveland Indians have to make at the trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher with multiple seasons of control left on their contract. Whether the team is a buyer or a seller, this season has shown that there is a void between the next wave of starting pitching excellence in the minors, meaning the team needs to add an arm a different way.
When we say multiple seasons of control, just two would suffice. If Cleveland isn’t in contention in two weeks, then adding a rental starting pitcher doesn’t make sense at all. However, if the Tribe can find a player that will be back next year, it would make the deal worth it.
The issue is that most of the pitchers on the market will be rental options. If a player has team control beyond this season there’s a lower likelihood of them being moved. However, there are a few that fit the bill.
Kyle Gibson with the Texas Rangers has been heavily rumored in deals this offseason. With a 6-1 record on top of an American League-best 2.29 ERA, he seems like a prime target. Add on that he is under contract next year at $7 million and this seems like the perfect player for the Cleveland Indians to go after. Being 33-years old, he could also have a rather reasonable asking price.
Any of them could be options for Cleveland, but it will come down to what it will cost both contractually and in terms of a trade.