After reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season, the Cleveland Indians have cemented their claim to a spot in the discussion of the most disappointing teams in all of baseball. Over the 2014 offseason, the team shored up the worst unit on the team—the bullpen—and brought in the likes of David Murphy to help solidify the outfield.
All of that work, and the team currently sits eight games back of the first-place Detroit Tigers and six games under the .500 mark.
At some point in the very near future, the team might begin to look at what pieces it can move to rid itself of expiring contracts with desirable skill sets. Or, if it manages to turn things around before the deadline, it can look to deal from a wealth of middle-infield prospects in an attempt to bring back one or more pieces to help put the team over the top.
Either way, the team is probably going to make at least one trade prior to the deadline, and depending on its status in the playoff race, there could be a few more.
Over the next four slides, we'll look at the four most likely trade candidates as we continue to approach the July 31 trade deadline.
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