The Cleveland Indians have won the American League Central division the past three years. Who are the five players the club needs to trade for in order to keep that streak alive?
*Stats as of May 17, 2019.
Under manager Terry Francona, the Cleveland Indians have been a dominant force in the AL Central. Francona has led the team to the postseason four times in six full seasons, including three consecutive division titles.
The Indians have a record of 287-198 during the three-year stretch. However, the team has one World Series appearance to show for it and two divisional round exits. Cleveland has been the beneficiary of hitting on prospects such as shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Trevor Bauer, a strong staff headlined by Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, developing players such as Jose Ramirez and a weak division.
While it seems as though the Indians are closer to becoming a rebuilding club now with a 23-20 record, flurry of injuries and an atrocious offense, there is a quick fix to keep the team in contention — trades. With the Minnesota Twins playing well at 29-15 with a run differential of plus-63, the Indians will have to do something they haven’t done recently: Fight off a contending team for the divisional crown.