3 Cleveland Indians Trade Deadline Rumors You Need To Know

The Cleveland Indians have been near the bottom of the AL Central all season, but there is still plenty of intrigue surrounding the team as we approach the trade deadline. Here are three rumors you need to know:

Will Carlos Santana be traded?

The Indians have been relatively quiet on any possible trade rumors, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that Santana could be on the market for "strategically-minded teams" due to his high walk rate:

“He could appeal to a team such as the Red Sox, who likely will move on from Mike Napoli, a potential free agent.”

Santana has hit just .218 with nine homers, 36 RBI’s, 51 walks, and a .356 on-base percentage through 65 games.

Indians interested in Yasiel Puig?

Cleveland desperately needs another bat in their lineup, and with Puig's antics wearing on the Dodgers, he may be available. Los Angeles has yet to officially put Puig on the market, but SB Nation's Matt Lyons makes the case why the Indians should pursue him:

[The Indians] were not afraid to take a flier on a "troublesome" Trevor Bauer in 2012, and they have handled him well. While his own fiery personality has cost him some games, it has been by no means a deal breaker. On that same note, manager Terry Francona is no stranger to managing huge personalities and making them work. He did it with the Boston Red Sox and Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and company, and he is doing it now with the aforementioned Bauer.

Cleveland not interested in trading Mike Aviles

Many expect the Indians to be sellers at the trade deadline because of their lackluster record, but one player they won't give up is Mike Aviles, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto:

Mike Aviles is in the final year of his contract and could be an attractive trade piece. But the Indians have no such intention this season. His 4-year-old daughter Adriana is batting leukemia and receiving treatments here. The Indians have supported Aviles in this family crisis. They know he needs to stay close to his family this season. The last thing they want him to worry about is a trade.

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