If the Cleveland Indians hope to stay in contention through the dog days of summer, they'll need some help from outside of the organization.
The tribe sprinted out of the gate to a first place standing in the weak American League Central, but have drastically fallen from grace in the past weeks.
Suddenly, the holes are starting to show.
Carlos Santana's inability to communicate with his pitching staff has been on full display, as well as the glaring need for a powerful right handed bat in the middle of the Indians' lefty-heavy lineup.
Most alarming, however, has been the performance of their pitching staff. The Indians' de-facto ace, Fausto Carmona, has lost four straight decisions and hasn't picked up a win since May 3rd. Even more shocking is the recent performance of Josh Tomlin, who has seen his ERA jump almost a full run after surrendering 12 earned runs in his previous two starts.
The staff is filled with young arms, most of whom have never experienced a pennant race before. The wear and tear is beginning to show, even in early June.
What the Cleveland Indians need is a veteran presence to anchor their pitching staff, and guide these young arms in the right direction. (Think Eddie Harris, Major Leagues).
Without any further ado, here's a list of the top nine targets that Cleveland Indians' General Manager Chris Antonetti should target in the weeks leading up to this year's Trade Deadline.