3 players Cleveland Indians could trade and still remain competitive

Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Bryan Shaw
Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Indians RP Bryan Shaw, Blake Parker

We’re going to cheat the headline a bit. We’re naming just three players, but we’re talking about more than that. Anyway, the bullpen has a few arms that might interest teams around the league in need of a boost.

Both Bryan Shaw and Blake Parker are set to become free agents at the end of the year and with both being proven veterans they could draw a prospect or two on the market. With both being right-handed pitchers, Shaw and Parker have the ability to either eat innings or come in and get out of a jam.

For the Tribe, there are enough arms in the bullpen that the team could get by if they traded either Shaw or Parker, probably even if they moved both. Between Nick Wittgren, Nick Sandlin, Phil Maton and Trevor Stephan among others, there’s enough to make up the slack that Shaw and Parker would leave behind.

Shaw’s role would be the hardest to fill, but Parker didn’t even start the season in Cleveland. If just one is moved, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. If both are moved it becomes a bit more difficult, but still very possible to fill their roles for the rest of the season and still be competitive.