The July 31 Major League Baseball trade deadline is approaching quickly. And the deadline is approaching at the same rate as the Indians' playoff hopes are diminishing.
The club currently sits at 47-47 with a 7.5-game deficit between them and the division-leading Detroit Tigers. In the Wild Card standings the Tribe are just 3.5 games back but trail the Kansas City Royals and the hard-hitting Toronto Blue Jays in the race for one of the two top spots, currently held by the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners.
In short, the front office needs to make something happen. The Indians have struggled both with their starting pitching and with their offense, and they could use, at the very least, a mid-rotation option and one or two bench bats.
The Indians aren't in a position to give up major league players, so they'll likely have to dip into the farm system to fill some of their more glaring weaknesses. The team possesses a wealth of middle infield prospects, as well as some decent pitching prospects with mid-rotation potential.
So who are the team's most-tradable prospects? I'll show you that here by ranking the best, most-tradable players in the system.
Let's get started.
All stats are current through play on July 13, 2014 and come courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.