With the passing of the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, teams like the Cleveland Indians with holes to fill must jump through extra hoops to improve. Since most players would never pass through waivers, the pickings are typically pretty slim by this time of year.
Despite being swept by the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, I still think the Indians are contenders. The Tigers may own a 69-58 record, but their run differential is only +4 and their Pythagorean W-L is 64-63. Detroit's lucky to be 11 games over .500 and could easily come crashing back down to mediocrity.
The Indians are much closer to where they should be (62-62 record, 62-62 Pythagorean W-L), but they still need a boost. I really do feel like the Ubaldo Jimenez trade will work out in the end, but they still need another starter. David Huff isn't a terrible option as a fifth starter, but he shouldn't be counted on for much more.
A starting rotation of Jimenez, Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin and Fausto Carmona is a good base, but it could really use something more. I'd love to see the Indians get a third starter to fill the hole between Masterson and Tomlin. Luckily for us, there are 10 options out there right now we can look into.