Cleveland Indians: 5 outfielders to target at MLB trade deadline

Starling Marte #6 of the Miami Marlins (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
Byron Buxton #25 of the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Indians Trade Target #3: Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

It took a little while for Byron Buxton to settle in at the big league level and he’s dealt with his fair share of injuries, but when healthy this season he’s been one of the best outfielders in the game statistically. With just one year remaining of team control paired with the Twins’ struggles this season, Buxton could be on the market.

That report leaves a lot of if’s, but the potential for a Buxton trade is still on the table. The deterring part is the last word. “Massive.” The odds of the Cleveland Indians pulling off a massive deal for anyone is almost zilch, but for a player that is as hurt as often as Buxton the odds might be completely zero.

However, if the Twins are willing to negotiate a bit then Buxton would be worth the call. His slash line of .369/.409/.767 is incredible, even if it is over only 27 games. He also has 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 19 RBI.

The talent is there and the money is reasonable. The asking price is what will be the barrier. Even with his injuries, Buxton is still a player that could help out the Tribe. However, convincing the front office to shovel out the needed assets to acquire him would be a very tall task.