Indians GM: "We're Exploring Different Alternatives"

Will Cleveland be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

Tiki and Tierney
July 23, 2019 - 6:55 pm

On June 2, the Cleveland Indians (58-41) lost 2-0 to the White Sox to fall to 29-30 on the season. They have since gone 29-11 and trail the Twins (61-38) by just three games in the AL Central.

So, are the Indians buyers as the trade deadline approaches?

“We don’t like to define ourselves as any one thing,” Indians GM Mike Chernoff said on Tiki & Tierney. “What I would say is this: the trade deadline is an opportunity to try to improve our team – both in the short- and long-term – and so I think we are viewing it as exactly that. We are exploring a lot of different alternatives.”

The Indians rank fourth in the majors in team ERA (3.83) and BAA (.237) but are 20th in batting average (.248) and runs (456). They have won eight of 11 overall.

“We’ve got an interesting roster,” Chernoff said. “We have really picked things up over the past month-and-a-half or so and are playing a whole lot better. At the same time, we have a bunch of maturing contracts, so we’re at an interesting point organizationally. We’re sort of exploring as many opportunities as we can and thinking about how do we compete this year and sustainably into the future.”

The Indians won the AL Central in 2016 and 2017 and reached the World Series in 2016, ultimately losing to the Cubs in seven games. Cleveland is seeking its fourth straight playoff appearance.

“As our team has gotten younger, we’ve played better,” Chernoff said. “I think providing opportunities for some of our young players has been incredibly important. You’ve seen guys like Oscar Mercado just take off with that opportunity. Jordan Luplow, Zach Plesac – some of the young guys that were in our system or that we acquired recently, as they’ve gotten those opportunities, our team has gotten way better.”

Click below to listen to Chernoff’s interview in its entirety.