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Indians Prefer Infield Acquisition?

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Indians' preference to be to acquire an infielder, if they are to explore the trade market.  If so, they might pass on discussing potentially available outfielders such as Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, and Jason Bay.  However, Hoynes notes the Indians' past interest in Dunn.

Hoynes believes the Brian Roberts rumblings could resurface, perhaps a month or two from now.  Peter Gammons suggested in April that the Orioles' decent start might cause Peter Angelos to mandate retention of Roberts.

Some other possibly available infielders: Garrett Atkins, Nick Johnson (perhaps six weeks from now), Aubrey Huff, Mark Grudzielanek, Jose Castillo, Cristian Guzman, Felipe Lopez, Melvin Mora, Chad Tracy, and Mark Ellis (once he recovers from a strained hamstring).  It seems easier to acquire an impact outfielder.  Regardless, Hoynes believes the Indians would use their starting pitching surplus to engineer a trade.


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