Jul 2, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona watches from the dugout during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts on the Tribe and Cavs, Buy or Sell?

(Editor’s Note: Some thoughts on the Cavs and Indians from our Voice of the Fan. Give us your thoughts in the comment section below.)

The trade deadline is approaching in MLB and it’s time to figure out buy or sell for the Cleveland Indians?  Let’s see what I think they need!  Everyone I’ve seen has said they are in immediate need of at least one starting pitcher, not necessarily a number one but a three would help. Someone  like Cole Hamels from the Phillies for instance. The next question is who do you have to trade for him?  Is  Lindor in play, because that would be what everyone wants! No , then who, Asdrubal Cabrera? His value has dropped along with his defense and batting average.

Next they still need a bat, a power bat if possible! Oh what would you give to have Nelson Cruz in there now?  Could of, should have!  Who would you like that might be available? Not too many on the trade block? Again, who could you trade for  this big bat. Back to the same problem.

My suspicion is they will either stay put or be sellers and put Asdrubal Cabrera  and possibly Justin Masterson on the block. Better to get something than to let them walk for nothing!

The Cavs problem is the players they want either don’t want to come here or are restricted free agents who’s team could match the offer sheet and either way it’s a loose, loose situation!  They are finding that out with Gordon Hayward now. It looks to me like they need to resign Spencer Hawes and try their hardest to get Trevor Ariza! Not my first or third choices, but let’s get realistic, it’s what they can get. The only other route is a trade which would probably involved Dion Waiters or Tristan Thompson or both? What is their value and what could you get in return to make them a better team?

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  • Jarod Cook

    The Indians need to be in sell mode. They’re 8 games behind in the Div. which they didn’t have a chance to win in the first place. And as of today they’re 4.5 games back in the wild card race. There’s hope here but not worth giving up assets for, to try and chase for the playoffs.just to get knocked out in the wildcard again. They need to some how move both Cabrera and Masterson. Both are under performing and aren’t going to be around next year anyways, so why not get something in return. Personally I’m for getting future assets, get some prospects that can be developed. Cause if there’s one thing Cleveland has a history of is developing top level talent.

    As for the Cavs they’re stuck in a holding pattern right now, until Lebron makes his decision. I agree with you that they need to bring Hawes back he looked good last season, and I’ll think he’ll fit in well with the new system HC Blatt will run. As for the Hayward deal I’d like to see him in Cleveland, but not at that price. He would fit well into the system and be part of a core of young players. If Lebron does come back can’t wait to see what trades will be made. I’m assuming they’re be a push for Love, that will send both Waiters and Thompson since they’ll be expendable at that point.

    • Letterman007

      I must agree, the Tribe is not good enough to go very far as constructed now! I’d rather get something rather than watch Masterson and Cabrera walk!! But please, front office, get something worth what you are giving up!! the Cavs are hamstrung by LeBron and really can’t do much until they know what’s going on there? I’m afraid if the king comes back and they try to get Love, it will cost them Waiters,Wiggins, and Thompson plus a first rounder or more! I wonder if that could be too expensive? In case you don’t know I’m Ric who wrote the article.

      • Jarod Cook

        What ever they can get for Masterson and Cabrera is going to be far better then what they’re providing the team right now. You never now what your going to get with Masterson. Is he going to be the ace of the squad, or the goat of the team. So far in his career he’s got a ERA over 4.1 and this year his ERA is at an all time low of 5.16 right now Not to mention his 2nd in the American League right now in BB with 53, and with his command no where to be found that number could easily surpass 100 by the end of the season.

        Then Cabrera who you pointed out has been in a constant decline over the past 3 seasons, ever since his break out all star year. The tribe needs to stop thinking that his all star form is coming back. Because all signs are pointing to the opposite. Cleveland needs to take and flush these turds out of their system, and give some of they’re prospects a chance to prove them selves the rest of the season. They then can use the $19 mil they’ll save to hopefully sign some quality FA’s this off season.

        The Cavs need to stop waiting and hoping for Lebron to return, It’s already costing them. Reports are Hawes is going to sign with Clippers, and most likely cost them a shoot at getting Hayward(Who they were going to overpay for). Losing Hawes is going to be a big blow for the team IMO. He can space the floor offensively and would fit in well with Blatt’s new system, while being an average defender and rebounder. As for the Love deal, anything more then Waiters, Thompson, and some future 1st rounders is giving up to much, personally I think it’s giving up to much already at that point. No way do they add Wiggins in the deal, they’ll need him to play 2 guard after they get read of Waiters. If anything they add in Jack or Andy to help shed some salary cap space, to help resign Love long term.

        • Letterman007

          You’ve got some good points. They really need to keep Wiggins if possible. LeBron is holding up the Cavs again and costing them players, as we wait for his “Decision” again and people they need are signed by other teams! If your not coming back, tell the team ASAP!
          The Tribe needs to jettison Masterson and Cabrera, to bad they can’t loose Swisher and his contract too! Not sure how much they would receive in return, but the front office and fans here seem to put a larger value on these players than do other teams.