Cleveland Indians: 3 trade targets who could shock Tribe fan base

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3 trade targets who could shock the Cleveland Indians fan base

After a rough start to the month of July, the Cleveland Indians have now won five of their last six games and have created much needed momentum heading into the next wave of tough games. With the next seven games being against the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays, the Tribe should have their trade deadline position come into clear view over the next week.

With that being said, should Cleveland become buyers there’s a list of players that should be on the club’s radar. The Tribe have a few clear cut needs on the roster that will need to be addressed if the team wants to compete down the stretch. Additionally, the front office should already have a few names in mind to go after.

Despite finding the win column again recently, the Tribe are still eight games back of the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central. That doesn’t exactly spell out buyers at the deadline. However, Cleveland is just 3.5 back of the Wild Card race meaning one or two additions could still be worth it, especially if the incoming players will be more than a rental.

The Cleveland Indians are currently chasing the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s in the Wild Card, so this month has been, and will continue to be, key. Taking two of three from Oakland was a big step, but the series against Tampa will be even more important.

Should Cleveland come out of the Tampa series still in contention, then these three players should be at the top of the team’s radar. While they might be more ambitious trade targets than what the club has typically explored, they could make a huge difference down the stretch.

The price might be a bit higher, both in trade assets and payroll, but these three players would be well worth the investment.