The Cleveland Guardians are looking to add at the deadline rather than sell according to reports. This means that they are going have to find a trade partner in order to address their needs as described by President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti as "a starting pitcher" and "complimentary bat". But who could those teams be? Here are some options that Cleveland should consider having trade discussions with before next week's deadline.
Let's get this out of the way first. The Seattle Mariners are the most unpredictable team when it comes to the trade deadline. Seattle's President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto always seems to find a way to get involved when the trade market becomes the most active. At times Dipoto appears to be making trades for the sake of making trades.
With the deadline rapidly approaching and the Guardians finding themselves in a spot where they should be at least moderately active, they should at least contact the Mariners to see if there is any mutual interest between the two ballclubs.
Even if it just laying the framework for a deal that requires one or more additional teams to complete, there is no harm in contacting a team willing to wheel and deal at a moment's notice.