The 2013 MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone. The Cleveland Indians made just one move at the deadline, acquiring Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for infielder Juan Herrera, via ESPN.com.
The Indians needed a left-handed reliever to shore up what has been a mostly shaky bullpen. Prior pitchers to fill that role included David Huff, Scott Barnes, Nick Hagadone and Rich Hill.
The four pitchers listed above combined for some horrendous numbers including a 6.47 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.
While Rzepczynski can help to fill the void of a lefty specialist, the move to acquire him hardly addresses the issues the Tribe faced at the deadline and for that reason, they struck out.
Here are five reasons why the 2013 trade deadline is a big swing and a miss for the Indians.
All stats come courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through play on August 1, 2013.