The Cleveland Indians are a team that could throw a serious wrench in the dynamics of the MLB trade deadline. Sitting with a 51-51 record, they could still conceivably be buyers at the trade deadline with one of the American League Wild Card spots in reach.
They might not be named often as the top landing spot for headline-grabbing players on the trade market, but they continue to lurk as potential suitors for headline grabbing guys like David Price, even if such a deal is very unlikely.
The motivation for those deals, among other things, might be the fact that the Indians are not interested in a rental player. With the “rental” trades falling out of fashion in recent years, the Indians are one team that only wants to give up value in a trade if their return is a player under team control for multiple years.
According to Jim Bowden.
Indians not looking for rental trades rather trades for players with multi-year control
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 24, 2014
Those multiple years of control could even just be a chance to keep a player through the 2015 season so as to have a chance to sign the guy long term. It might potentially cost them more in prospects, but it is still a sound approach to take for an in-between team like the Indians.
If you are a team on the fringe of the playoff picture, giving up value to go “all in” can be too risky to be worth acquiring a rental. The is the dilemma for the Indians and another AL Central team, the Kansas City Royals, as the deadline approaches.
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