As we flip the calendar to July and are enjoying a historic winning streak, the Indians are under the baseball radar no more.
And that has caught the eye of a certain slugger from down state.
Today’s Knuckleball‘s Jon Heyman (this guy has jobs everywhere, doesn’t he?) dropped a pretty big nugget today, reporting that Reds’ slugger Jay Bruce would “very likely” waive his no-trade clause to join the Indians. This is kind of a new development, considering that the Indians were once one team that Bruce would nix any trade to.
As the saying goes, “Winning cures all ills.”
Bruce would certainly be an enticing thumper in the middle of the lineup that could potentially use a little more oomph (.279/17 homers), especially with Yan Gomes being the one guy unable to get on track.
The cynic in me wonders, though, Great American Ballpark is a hitters’ paradise. Former Red Todd Frazier works for the White Sox (if you skip past his Mendoza Line average) because the ball carries in US Cellular. The Jake is a fair park for both ends; replication of former Reds hitters might not come so easily.
And do the Indians want to mess with success? I’m afraid the Indians may fall into the “do-a-trade-to-do-a-trade” trap. If they believe Bruce is the missing piece for a clear World Series run, then bring him along.
I’m personally more interested in bullpen help, but what do I know.
On the flipside, it’s nice to see that a player from the outside wants to get in on this Cleveland thing. This “City of Champions” role has its perks.
So, as the mid-season hot stove starts bubbling, keep it here for more updates.