Who are the five players on the trade market that can put the Cleveland Indians over the top?
In 2016 the Indians went from a team that was once a bold call to win the World Series to a legitimate World Series contender. They currently have a 5.5 game lead in their division, and their 56 wins are tied for the most in the American League. As they head towards the trade deadline, they will have some questions to answer.
While the Indians had a great June, they are now 8-10 in July. They just placed Tommy Hunter and Yan Gomes on the disabled list for what is looking like multiple week injuries and lost Marlon Byrd earlier in the year for steroids.
That is without mention of Michael Brantley, the player who on paper should be their best position player playing 11 games this season. His timetable is murky, and he has had a plethora of shots and touch up surgeries along his road to recovery. It is would be tough to just expect him back when looking at what to buy before the deadline.
With these questions, it feels like the Indians have to be active. The stars are aligning on their rotation, and you never want to miss a chance like this. With Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, and Trevor Bauer this is a team that can beat, or battle into the late innings with.
If there was ever a time to make an over the top move that would put them above the likes of the Red Sox and the Rangers, it would be this year. The question now becomes how bad do they want it, and what are they willing to sacrifice to complete the roster.
With that said, here are the five players in the Indians should trade for