Things could not have gone better for the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. The Tribe went into Detroit and took three of four games to pull within 5 1/2 games of the Tigers.
Before Saturday night’s broadcast, Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal said the Indians tried to acquire David Price in the offseason, and have kept in touch with the Tampa Bay Rays. However, Rosenthal cited an Indians source as giving the club a “less than 1 percent chance” of acquiring the ace.
Bring Price to Cleveland would signal the Indians are all in for this year, and next. That’s if Chris Antonetti believes his team should be buyers at the trade deadline. If not, the Indians would go into sell mode.
Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted that the San Francisco Giants were interested in acquiring the services of Asdrubal Cabrera and Mike Aviles if the Indians decide they’re sellers.
As I just said on @MLBONFOX pregame, Giants considering Asdrubal Cabrera and Mike Aviles as trade options — *if* the Indians sell.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 19, 2014
Cabrera, 28, can be a free agent after this season. He’s having a so-so offensive year, but his defensive range is among shortstops is the worst in baseball. His 14 errors are tied for first in the American League.
Aviles has been a great addition to the team ever since coming over from the Toronto Blue Jays before the 2013 season. He can play multiple positions, while swinging a decent bat.
As of right now, it’s hard to imagine the Tribe in sell mode considering the way the team played against the Tigers. The Indians are 5 1/2 out of first and 2 1/2 out of the final Wild Card spot. The next two series should be telling, as Minnesota and Kansas City await to play unfriendly hosts.
• Two Tribe players are having some great seasons in the plate, and are among the top five batters in the AL. Entering Monday, Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall were batting .326, which tied the teammates for fourth in the league.
• ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported the Cavs could sign Andrew Wiggins this week. Factory of Sadness Co-Editor Jared Mueller examined the statement the Cavs are making by finally signing their No. 1 pick.
“If they sign him this week it is obvious they didn’t like anything that was offered directly. It also gives them leverage in any Love move. “Your offer wasn’t good enough. We are keeping Wiggins” type of statement forces the T’Wolves to reevaluate what they want to do moving forward. “
• LeBron James went all-out Dad at his son’s AAU Basketball game.
• Champaign, money phones, inflatable swans; it doesn’t matter when money is involved. Corporate America loves Johnny Manizel, evidenced by another big brand (Snickers) inking the Browns’ rookie quarterback to an endorsement deal before Johnny Football could even take a snap.
• Browns’ receiver Andrew Hawkins used what’s left of his free time before the start of training camp to get married. Congrats Hawk!
• The Browns have no tickets remaining for Family Day at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium, which is scheduled Aug. 2. Training Camp commences July 26, and 13 practices will be made open to the public, according to ClevelandBrowns.com.