Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Trade-target update

Here's the latest on a few of the relief pitchers that have been at least mentioned in the same breath as the Indians as we head toward the trade deadline:

The Dodgers are said to be showing the most interest in Kansas City closer Octavio Dotel. But the Kansas City Star also reports L.A. was not crazy about the asking price, which is said to include either outfielder Matt Kemp or first baseman James Loney.

The Astros' Brad Lidge and the D-Ray's Al Reyes are set to return to the closer position with the respective clubs. Lidge came off the DL a couple of days ago. Reyes is due off tomorrow.

Texas Rangers set-up man and former closer Akinori Otsuka never went on the DL, but his return to the mound keeps getting pushed back, according to The Dallas Morning News. The Tribe has had it's share of pitching injuries that have laster longer than expect this year, so they would be wise to be leary of Otsuka, who is suffering from tightness in his pitching forearm.

We have a new Tribe Fan Poll today. Should the Indians have given Eric Wedge a contract extension. Click here for our thoughts. Go to the right of your screen and scroll down for the poll and/or leave your own comments by clicking the "comments" link under this posting.

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