Grading each trade deadline move by the Cleveland Indians
The 2021 Major League Baseball trade deadline may have been one of the more exciting deadlines in the history of the game. All but one team, the Colorado Rockies, struck at least one deal while the Cleveland Indians were no stranger to the market. In total, the Tribe agreed to four separate deals, sending away a total of six players while receiving four, however, only three will play for the organization.
As a whole, Cleveland fell short of expectations and received less for players than what was originally anticipated. However, not every deal was a bust. The first few were underwhelming, but the last two showed a bit more promise for the future of the organization.
If you’re looking for a grade on every single deadline deal, Fansided has you covered. Perhaps biggest winners and losers, that’s there too. However, what we’re doing here is going in-depth with each deal the Cleveland Indians made and giving each one it’s own grade.
While we’ve been predominately negative about the deals Cleveland made, they weren’t all terrible. The emotions of the bad trades override any positivity in the moment and the initial poor decisions take the headlines first. Now, with a bit of time to analyze more and decompress from the deadline, the Tribe made a few late moves that drastically improved the overall feel of the deadline.
The last couple trades didn’t have the magnitude of Cesar Hernandez or Eddie Rosario, but they might be the more important deals over the next couple years. Since there really wasn’t a big name moving in the last two deals Cleveland’s front office made, they didn’t receive the same level of coverage.
With that being said, here’s how each of the four individual trades that Cleveland made grade out following the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline.