Cleveland Indians: 5 trade deadline proposals Tribe must consider

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4. Derek Dietrich for prospects

In one of the Indians’ biggest mistakes of the offseason, they didn’t sign free agent Derek Dietrich, a player they expressed interest in at last season’s trade deadline.

The Cleveland product is making $2 million this season, but the Reds can actually offer him arbitration this offseason.

Not sure how greatly that affects his trade value, but considering he’ll be 30 next season, he’s probably not a part of the Reds’ long-term plans.

Dietrich has a 1.6 WAR. He’s batting just .221, but he packs power, having hit 18 home runs while driving in 40 RBIs at the All-Star break.

By adding Dietrich, Terry Francona could build a super platoon in right field of Dietrich and Jordan Luplow.

All of Dietrich’s home runs have come against right-handers. He has a .944 OPS against righties, compared to .477 against left-handers.

Luplow, acquired from the Pirates during the offseason, is Babe Ruth against left-handed pitching. Entering the All-Star break, he was batting .313 with a 1.121 OPS against southpaws.  Eight of his nine homers have come against lefties.