The Indians are 13th in MLB with 364 runs, but with Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list until September, Cleveland’s offense could use a mid-summer boost. GM Chris Antonetti told MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince that he expects to focus on adding to the Indians' offensive attack.
“We’re open in any way we can to improve the team, whatever that might be,” Antonetti said. “Especially with Choo suffering the injury that he suffered, we’ll probably focus most of our efforts on improving our offense and getting a little more consistency there.”
As Castrovince explains, it’s hard to imagine the Indians giving up anything substantial for an outfielder like Melky Cabrera, Jeff Francoeur or Ryan Ludwick, even though they could use an outfielder with some pop. Antonetti says relying on internal options for an offensive boost could be a simpler alternative to trades that's equally effective.