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MLB Trade Rumors: Indians May Have Some Deals In The Works

The Indians are in the mix for potential Trade Deadline deals, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

But the timing of such a deal, or deals, should they occur, is still up in the air.

The uncertainty of the timing is reflected in this statement by Indians' GM Chris Antonetti:

"Honestly, I don't know," Antonetti said on Tuesday. "Literally, the next phone call could be that deal that could be the right value and we'll line up and have something to announce later tonight. But, it's really hard to say when those things may come together."

What matters the most is that Antonetti has a number of proposals in play. Included in those proposals would be multiple-team transactions.

Bastian's column makes clear that:

"The Tribe's top prospects are not likely to be dealt in any trade that reels in a player who would only help down the stretch this season before becoming a free agent. If Cleveland is going to part with any core prospects, the acquired player would probably need to be under contractual control for another year or two."

Antonetti will be disappointed if nothing comes of the possibilities.

"We want to take advantage of every opportunity that we have to get to the postseason and advance in the postseason," Antonetti said. "That said, you have to be mindful of the cost of doing that. I think we are prepared, and have talked about it, to do what we can, what's reasonable, to improve the team."

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