Cleveland, It's Time To Make A Move

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by: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

The Cleveland Indians are one of those teams that are stacked with mostly under the radar stars. 

They had six All-Stars this year and most people couldn't name half of them.

The Tribe has led the Majors in almost every offensive category the last two months. They have three players who will likely hit 40 home runs and 100 RBIs this year. Yes, you read that correctly. They have clawed their way to 10 games above .500 and are currently leading their division by a mile.

The starting staff is one of the best in the MLB, and their bullpen is well..... better than it was a week ago with the acquisition of Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the San Diego Padres for Indians number one prospect Francisco Mejia (I'll get to that in a minute).

They are also going to be getting Andrew Miller back which should make a big difference.

There is just something different about this team than the past few years. 

They can't seem to get any kind of real momentum going and there are several different reasons for that. The bullpen has cost the Indians a lot of games this year. The hitting from everyone except the 1-3 hitters have been very inconsonant, and they have a huge void to fill in the outfield.

Cleveland needs to do more at the deadline then what they have so far to stand any chance at reaching the Fall Classic.

The Indians did trade top catching prospect Mejia to the San Diego Padres for All-Star reliever Hand and the sidearming righty Cimber. I personally loved this trade for Cleveland. 

Mejia is a very talented kid but with Yan Gomes (who believe it or not was an All-Star this year) and backup Roberto Perez, both of which are locked up with the Tribe for several years, there just wasn't room for him in Cleveland anymore. So why not get two talented players at a position you desperately need help at?

Cleveland has to do something in the next few days to sure up the outfield. 

Michael Brantley has been the only bright spot they've had this year. Lonnie Chisenhall is once again on the DL as well as Bradley Zimmer, who is out for the rest of the year.

A mix of Rajai Davis, Brandon Guyer, Tyler Naquin, and Melky Cabrera are not doing the trick and they need to address the issue. 

Andrew McCutchen could be an upgrade to right field. He's hitting .259 with 10 HR and 42 RBIs.

Adam Jones is another name that has been thrown around in the mix. He would also be a great fit in Cleveland and could be a huge addition to the Indians lineup.

The other issue is at second base. 

As an Indians fan, this breaks my heart, but Jason Kipnis is struggling once again hitting .221.

There are several upgrades available at this position. Scooter Gennett is the most obvious choice here and what team wouldn't want the All-Star?

They could also stay in the division and move Jose Ramirez to second base and pick up Mike Moustakas. This move I wouldn't be crazy about, but it's an option.

No matter what happens, Cleveland must think win now. 

They will need to make at least one or maybe two of these trades to compete with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees.

Let's hope that they do so we can once again see the Tribe in the Fall Classic!

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