2. Hold off on prospects
The Cleveland Indians were tied to some pretty splashy names such as Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen on the morning of trade deadline day, yet the Tribe’s biggest move was the acquisition of Leonys Martin.
The Tribe just didn’t want to trade top prospect Triston McKenzie, according to Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto. This makes sense considering the Tribe already traded its No. 1 prospect, Fransisco Mejia, two weeks ago in the deal that brought Brad Hand over from the Padres.
The Tribe gave up its No. 8 prospect, Willi Castro, for Martin. Castro is a middle infielder in an organization backloaded with talent at shortstop and second base.
Whether you’re disappointed by the Indians lack of activity leading up to the deadline, take solace in knowing the team did get better with the addition of Martin.
He’s been a quality center fielder and with Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin possibly lost for the season, the Tribe needed some Major League talent.
Ideally, the Tribe would’ve made a move for a defensive oriented center fielder while also adding a right fielder who could hit a little.