For the most part the powers that be in the Cleveland Indians’ front office are happy about their team. They are only a few games out of first place, they’re scrappers and clearly they have a chance to make the post-season. It’s a really good thing they are playing fairly well because the Indians have found they have little to offer in the way of trades in the buyer’s market that exists at the MLB trade deadline.
Relief is about the only place where the Indians figure to need more help but that isn’t really strange considering most contenders are looking for the same thing. On the market this year there really were too big sellers going into the trade season and both teams were in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs didn’t have too many relievers available and the Chicago White Sox are tough to trade with since they are division rivals in the American League Central.
All of that adds up to mean that the Indians will very likely stay quiet during the deadline as there will be few deals they want to get in a bidding war with other teams to complete. It is possible that they could work out a deal with another team for a reliever but it likely won’t be a big name guy from the way things look right now.
That isn’t a terrible fate for them since they are playing pretty well but the gamble lies in trusting the current bullpen to carry the heavy load for the remainder of the season. Still, they are probably better off overall than their first place rivals, the Detroit Tigers, in the area of bullpens. If they get good starts from the majority of their starters, they could make a run at the Tigers. Since they aren’t going after a starter however it puts more pressure on the current starting staff to help the ‘pen. We’ll see how it shakes out down the stretch.