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Cody Anderson struggles again as Cleveland Indians slump to fifth successive defeat

In Tuesday's news & notes, we move one day closer to the trade deadline ... and one step closer to having a very different roster in August?

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Royals 9, Indians 4

Late Francisco Lindor home run not enough; Cleveland Indians fall 9-4 to Royals | Let's Go Tribe (Matt R. Lyons)
Santana, Lindor homers aren't enough vs. KC |
Team meeting aside, Cleveland Indians lose again, this time 9-4 to Kansas City |

As Cody Anderson continues to regress hard, thoughts turn to the trade deadline.

(Incidentally, Nick Swisher went 0-3 again for the RubberDucks last night, and is now 0-12 in his four AA rehab games. Perhaps they should send him back down to Lake County, as he seemed like a great fit there earlier this month?)

Indians news & notes

Indians fielding offers before Trade Deadline |
Carrasco and Murphy are the two whose names have been heavily reported in the media but, with the season going south in a hurry, there must be at least half a dozen other potential trade candidates on the Tribe's roster.

Potential details of "ill-fated" Carrasco trade | Toronto Sun
Accordng to Bob Elliott: "The Jays did offer lefty Daniel Norris, No. 1 pick Jeff Hoffman and outfielder Dalton Pompey in talks with the Cleveland Indians for right-hander Carlos Carrasco." I don't know, it seems hard to imagine that the Blue Jays would have offered three of their top four prospects (as a ranked by Baseball America this Spring), and also that the Tribe would have declined it!?

Indians have reached out to Brewers about Carlos Gomez | Let's Go Tribe
Given the likely asking price, we#ll just have to hope that they have short arms, I guess.

Jason Kipnis says "accountable" comment no reflection on Terry Francona |
"Tito is our manager. He's not a babysitter. When I talk about holding people accountable that's strictly players holding other players accountable."

Following four-game sweep, team meeting, the question for the Cleveland Indians is: Now what? |
Zack Meisel tries to figure out where on earth the Tribe can go from here.

Trades & trade rumors

Blue Jays add offense, trade Reyes for Tulowitzki | FanGraphs
Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays, and Upgrading Strengths | FanGraphs
In a blockbuster trade, the Rockies and Blue Jays flipped shortstops, while the Blue Jays also received reliever LaTroy Hawkins and gave up three prospects, including 2014 1st rd pick (No.9 overall) Jeff Hoffman and fellow RH starter Miguel Castro, both of whom were ranked in their top five prospects by MLB Pipeline.

Mets Buy Low and High on Tyler Clippard | FanGraphs Baseball
Tyler Clippard's arm highly-experienced, useful in specific spots | ESPN Stats & Info
The Mets have rented Clippard for $2MM in exchange for 2013 3rd pick Casey Meisner, who was the Mets' 15th-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Value-wise, the A's might well have got the better end of this deal, but the Mets desperately needed a setup guy, so they were prepared to make the "sacrifice".

Angels pick up used but functional Shane Victorino | FanGraphs
The Angels were reportedly looking for a LH OF (David Murphy?), but traded for the bargain basement right-handed Victorino instead. Perhaps they are still looking for a LH OF, who knows?

Anyhow, with the Red Sox sending $3.8M as part of the deal, the Angels are on the hook for just $1.1M of his salary. As for the Red Sox, they acquired 26yo infielder Josh Rutledge, who has a -0.9 fWAR after 266 big league games. So basically they just sold the (rarely healthy) Victorino for $1.1MM in order to free up a spot in their overcrowded outfield.

White Sox waiting to see where they stand after their current series to decide on dealing Samardzija | MLB Trade Rumors
So go ... White Sox?

Royals interested in Martin Prado, Ben Zobrist | MLB Trade Rumors
It's unlikely that the Royals will be stopping at just acquiring Johnny Cueto. They are clearly in the market for a replacement for "near All-Star caliber" 2B Omar Infante.

Tidbits from around MLB

Cubs release Edwin Jackson, eat $15 million left on contract | HardballTalk
Another big-money free agent contract bites the dust. With the Cubs footing his bill through the end of next year, Jackson should be a fairly decent relieving option for someone. However, he is clearly flattered by his 2015 numbers (3.19 ERA/2.84 FIP) since the Cubs rarely trusted him with high leverage spots.

America has spoken: MLB steroid users should lose a third of their stats | FiveThirtyEight
Can you put a "number" on steroid use?