The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Indians trade rumor roundup

Posted by disappointmentzone on 26 July 2006

Might Ben Broussard be headed out West? From today’s Orange County Register:

The Angels apparently have decided first base is the position they would like to improve by the July 31 trade deadline, with Ben Broussard, Sean Casey and Craig Wilson three of their top targets.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have shifted their focus to acquiring corner infield players, and name Ben Broussard as a player on top of the Angels’ list for 1B. This strengthens the report out of Orange County, although no executive in the Angels organization has spoken publicly about trading for Broussard. Should Broussard be traded this would leave a spot on the roster for a 1B. The likely candidate to fill the spot is AAA 1B Ryan Garko, who was called up for a short stint with the Indians earlier this season.

Add the Texas Rangers to the list of clubs interested in Jake Westbrook. From today’s Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

The most intriguing [pitching] candidates include the Indians’ Westbrook, the Giants’ Jason Schmidt, the White Sox’s Freddy Garcia and the Phillies’ Jon Lieber… The Indians control Westbrook through 2007 and expect to contend next year, so they will be hesitant to trade him.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer adds that Arizona remains interested in Westbrook:

Lots of scouts have been watching the Tribe during the first two series of this nine-game homestand against the Twins, Tigers and Mariners… Arizona, which scouted Jake Westbrook’s last two starts, remains interested.

There is no news about 3B Aaron Boone, but Shapiro has talked about re-signing Ronnie Belliard this offseason. Right now there is no 2B in the organization that can step in and fill Belliard’s spot, although recently-acquired Asdrubal Cabrera, who is only 20 years old but already in AAA, appears to be the future 2B for the Indians. Of course, if Joe Inglett keeps hitting triples and home runs he may improve his chances of making the Indians roster next season as more than a super utility player, although this may be wishful thinking more than anything else.

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