As the Rule 5 draft approaches on December 6 (Players who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years are eligible, as are players who were signed at 18 and have played for five years. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player and if that player doesn't remain on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000) teams are tinkering with their 40-man rosters to protect high-upside talent from being selected by other clubs.
While there are some players, like Johan Santana and Dan Uggla, who have established themselves as legitimate steals from the Rule 5 draft, teams will continue to build their rosters through trades and free agent signings in the coming weeks.
While the Cleveland Indians are not players in the Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton markets, they may be able to capitalize on the second or third-tier free agents, while also keeping an eye on players that other teams have seemed to give up on.
The Indians should be held accountable for the trade or toss-away of All Star second baseman Brandon Phillips back in April of 2006; however, looking for talent like Phillips right now or as spring training winds down is a very good way to rebuild
Here are some players that the Tribe should target.