Five ways the Cleveland Indians trade for San Diego Padres relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber impacts the organization now and in the future.
It’s no surprise President Chris Antonetti made a move. His bullpen was the No. 1 reason the Tribe was expected to die a quick death in the Division Series.
But with this trade, the Indians should be mentioned again among the prime contenders to represent the American League in the World Series.
Everyone’s got holes (maybe not Houston). The Yankees are looking for starting pitchers while the Red Sox are searching for relievers.
You could argue the Tribe one-upped the Red Sox by getting, arguably, the most prized relief arm on the market.
Now, the Indians have inched slightly closer to the Astors, because some holes have been filled ( although other remain).
Here four ways the Tribe’s trad for Hand impacts the Cleveland for this season, in addition to future years.