Cleveland Indians: 3 prospects Tribe can afford to move in deadline deals

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3 prospects the Cleveland Indians can afford to move in deadline deals

As the Major League Baseball trade deadline draws closer we’re beginning to get a grasp for where seem teams will land. The Chicago Cubs have already made a deal to be sellers with the Atlanta Braves on the buying end. However, the Cleveland Indians are still dancing with the line of what to do.

The nine-game skid at the beginning on the month really derailed the Tribe’s trajectory that went from a strong contender to on the brink of being too far out at the All-Star break. Luckily, the team regained their footing and could now once again be on the buying side of the trade deadline.

While we’ve already talked plenty about all the names that could potentially help Cleveland down the stretch, we’ve yet to truly dive into the price it could cost to get some of those players in a Tribe uniform. For teams that are selling, they want to build for the future. That means parting with prospects for the teams buying.

The Cleveland Indians have been at this point in recent memory, but the issue is that they always had MLB talent they could afford to lose at the time. Whether it be Trevor Bauer or Mike Clevinger, the team really hasn’t had to dip into the prospect pool when bringing in help at the deadline. At least not in the last couple years.

The positive side to that is the Tribe’s farm system is rich in talent because it hasn’t been depleted by past deals. The negative is that also means Cleveland is out of options at the major league level.

Should the Tribe look to add players at the deadline they will have to include some enticing prospects to get the deals done. The good news is they should have a plethora of players to choose from, beginning with these three.