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6 Prospects Cleveland Indians could Trade to Upgrade Roster

With the trade deadline one week away and the Indians holding a slight advantage in the AL Central, look for them to be active in the trade market over the next week. While fans will clamor for Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez, and Bryan Shaw to be traded, it is not going to happen.

Contenders don’t sell their MLB players for prospects despite the struggles they might be having this year. With that in mind, the front office will most likely be looking to add either another bat or starter to the mix. Here is a list of six names that could most likely be on the way out if a trade were to be made.

1. 3B/OF Yandy Diaz (No. 8 prospect)

Yandy Diaz would be a safer choice for a team that is not looking to completely rebuild and want a more MLB ready prospect. Diaz made the Opening Day roster for Cleveland but could not stick in Cleveland after hitting .203 in 18 games this season.

With Jose Ramirez playing at an all-star level at 3B and an outfield of Michael Brantley, Bradley Zimmer, and Lonnie Chisenhall/Abraham Almonte there is no room for Diaz to get a consistent number of at-bats. He has torn up minor league pitchers hitting over .300 his last three seasons there and could be a nice building block on a team out of contention.

The fact that he looked great defensively at 3B and can play the OF gives him multiple ways to make a major league roster. At 25 years old he is ready to be an everyday player for some major league team.

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While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10

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