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Cleveland Indians' Rumors: Playing Fact or Fiction with the Latest Trade Chatter

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Cleveland Indians' Rumors: Playing Fact or Fiction with the Latest Trade Chatter
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As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the Cleveland Indians find themselves just 3.5 games in back of the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers.

Although Cleveland has held its own through the first 70 games, don't be fooled into thinking that the Indians can easily overtake the Tigers without first shaking things up a bit.

As buyers at the trading deadline, the Indians could use a solid starting pitcher. With Matt Garza having already been traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers on Monday, the best option on the market appears to be gone.

The Indians need to find a viable starter to bolster the front end of their rotation, but if that proves too difficult, they could opt to solidify their shaky bullpen. 

Several names have been linked to the Tribe as the deadline draws closer, and while Garza is no longer available, others are as the Indians could look to make a splash in order to catch the red-hot Tigers.

With that out of the way, we play a little fact-or-fiction with some of the bigger names linked to the Indians in an attempt to weed out some of the less-likely trade candidates.

 

All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com—excluding xFIP and FIP from Fangraphs.com—and current through July 23, 2013.

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