The waiver wire is generally a place where a contending team can go to fill holes and round out their roster during the stretch run. If that doesn't describe the Indians' situation, then I don't know what does.
The Tribe sits just 4.5 games back of Tampa Bay, who currently holds the final wild-card spot in the American League. If there was ever a time to try and catch the Rays, or even the Detroit Tigers, who currently lead the AL Central by an ever-expanding eight games—don't hold your breath on the latter—this is the time.
Unfortunately for fans, and possibly for the team as well, the front office has yet to make a move in Cleveland that will actually bolster the roster in any significant way.
To add to the pity party, it doesn't look like there are any monumental changes on the horizon either—seriously, search through MLBTradeRumors.com's Indians feed. It's depressing.
The only substantial move the Indians have made involving the waiver wire was having DFA'd—designated for assignment—Mark Reynolds.
Reynolds started the 2013 season on a massive hot streak.
Through his first 28 games, Reynolds posted an impressive .300/.376/.650 slash line with 10 home runs, five doubles, 27 RBI and 20 runs scored. The 30-year-old is a notorious strikeout machine, but he even did a good job of limiting his strikeout totals, compiling just 27 compared to 13 walks.
However, the next 71 games proved to be a completely different story for the third baseman. Over 267 plate appearances, Reynolds slashed a paltry .179/.277/.255, with five home runs, 21 RBI, 20 runs scored and a 96:30 K/BB ratio.
To put those numbers in perspective, Reynolds produced 66.7 percent of his home runs, 56.3 percent of his RBI and 50 percent of his runs scored in just 28 percent of his appearances in 2013.
While this can be a good thing—see Jason Heyward's last 15 games—Reynolds' hot streak came on the wrong end of his tenure with the Indians.
As previously mentioned, the team DFA'd Reynolds, but as of yesterday, they decided to cut all ties with him, per NBCSports.com. According to Aaron Gleeman, the Indians were forced to release Reynolds, as he drew no interest from teams scouring the wire.
Reynolds will now sit on the open market as a free agent where any team can claim him and his dismal .215/.307/.373 slash line.
Should the Indians falter, players like Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez could find their way to new teams. However, should they remain in contention, they could look to add pieces to the bullpen and/or starting rotation.
All stats come courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through play on Aug. 12, 2013.
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