It seems hard to imagine that the Cleveland Indians 30-18, have a .625 winning percentage (best in the American League mind you) and are leading the AL Central division by six games over the Detroit Tigers. For a team that got a majority of their lineup by being sellers at trade deadline time the tide may have turned for this team. With an excellent shot at a division title, we have got to wonder will they continue to sell off or is this year they add a piece or two and make a strong run at it?
There is another wild card here as Indians GM Chris Antonetti is in his first year on the job. Of course his mentor Indians President Mark Shapiro is still on the job and has stared that his GM has the freedom to add to the roster for the stretch run and dare I say it Cleveland fans the post season.
The Detroit Tigers are a very streaky team, and the Minnesota Twins have fallen 14 games out of first. I seriously doubt either team can pull it together enough to make a strong run at the division title. That could mean the Indians will need to be a buyer come trade deadline time, since they would need fresh faces for the summer run.
Of course a lot of t his could come down to what the other teams do. The Tigers have already pulled one trade and will likely be very active at the trade deadline. The Chicago White Sox have also been and up and down team but if they make a strong move it may force the Indians hand. Whatever the case this is a situation we will need to pay attention to.
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