Cleveland Indians

MLB Trade Rumors: Ubaldo Jimenez and Fukudome Join Indians, Is Ludwick Next?

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 30: Ubaldo Jimenez #38 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field after pitching during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on July 30, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IJuly 31, 2011

The Cleveland Indians have proven to be buyers this trade deadline, acquiring Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs to bolster their outfield.

However, the Indians didn't stop there. With a 53-51 record a day before the deadline, they are one and a half games behind the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central lead.

The Indians will go all out and claim as many players as they can, hoping their pickups can propel them into the postseason.

According to MLB.com, a deal has just been completed for Ubaldo Jimenez, the ace of the Colorado Rockies. He should be joining the team very soon, as the trade is official now.

Jimenez had a very good year last year, posting a 19-8 record and 2.88 ERA. He's not having as good of a year this campaign—so far, he's got a 6-9 record and a 4.20 ERA, although he has been improving the ERA.

Nonetheless, Jimenez is a great pitcher and pickup for the Indians. He and Justin Masterson will help lead a playoff push for the Tribe.

He should be able to improve his numbers in a lowly AL Central, and be a great pitcher for Cleveland.

Ryan Ludwick could be returning to Cleveland, as he played with them in 2003-2005. Ludwick is a great left fielder who is on the Indians wish list, according to Indians beat-writer Jordan Bastian.

Ludwick is a good offensive threat, posting 11 home-runs and 62 RBI despite a low .238 average. Indians fans would welcome Ludwick back, as he's a good bat and could help them pass the Tigers.

He'd also provide some stability, since their lineup has been laboring without injured players Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore.

The Indians are falling behind Detroit, so some stability to help them stay with the Tigers, and maybe even pass them, would be great.

With Fukudome and Jimenez on the team now, and Ludwick possibly joining them, the Tribe could have the boost it needs to win the AL Central.

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