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Report: Indians Showing Interest in Brewers Relievers Jeffress or Smith

The trade deadline for Major League Baseball is August 1st this year, and there’s going to be tons of rumors about the Indians going after various players between now and then.

One of today’s rumors comes from Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, who says the Indians and Milwaukee could be trade partners, with the Indians showing interest in relief pitchers Jeremy Jeffress or Will Smith.

Jeffress is 28 years old, and has played for not only the Brewers, but also with Kansas City and Toronto. He’s been with the Brewers the last three seasons, and this season is 2-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 41 games. Last season he was 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in 72 games, throwing 68 innings.

Smith is 27, and is in his 5th MLB season, third with the Brewers after two with the Royals. He’s 1-2 with a 2.12 ERA this season, allowing four earned runs in 17 innings.

It’s no secret that the Indians could use an arm or two in the pen, the question is what would the Brew crew want in return for one of their two relievers.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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