Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – As many expected they would, in the end the Indians minus one minor move with the Red Sox stayed pat with the current 2012 roster, making no huge waves at the trade deadline which passed at 4pm EST on Tuesday.
Teams that were heavy looking for players like the Rangers, Dodgers, Red Sox and Reds were able to find players, but those players didn’t come from Cleveland.
The Indians only move was acquiring 1B/OF Lars Anderson from the Boston Red Sox for AA pitcher Steven Wright. Anderson will report to AAA Columbus.
The Indians players that appeared to be out there for moves included Shin-Soo Choo, Chris Perez and Justin Masterson. A late report on Tuesday said the only team vying for Choo was Texas, but a deal never got close to being done.
The Red Sox had made calls on Masterson, but again, a source told me that no deal got close to ever getting done for him.
As for Perez, the Giants wanted him, but the Indians have control of him through 2014 before he hits free agency, so it would have taken a kings ransom to get him.
Indians GM Chris Antonetti told the media on Tuesday that plenty was done to try and get a player in to help the team, but no fit could be found.
“It’s really hard to say whats close or not, we explored a lot of deals try and improve our position,” Antonetti said. “We were exhaustive in our search, we looked at position players, we looked at starting pitching, we looked at relief pitching.”
So heading to KC for tonight’s game for the Royals, the Indians Major League roster is going to look very much like it did when they lost three straight over the weekend to the Twins.
“I think its no different then we talked last week, our success is largely predicated on how the guys that are here perform,” Antonetti said.
It remains to be seen if that includes first-year Indians like 1B Casey Kotchman, pitcher Derek Lowe, and OF Johnny Damon get as much time playing as they did before the deadline.
When asked if the Indians would take a look at the players at Triple-A that could help, the Tribe GM didn’t shy away from it.
“I think we will start looking at those alternatives relatively soon,” Antonetti said. “It’s an opportunity now that the trade deadline has passed that we’ll talk with Manny (Acta) and the front office and begin to access what those best options are.”
The waiver trade deadline is the next chance for the Indians to add or subtract to the current team, and Antonetti says they will have talks with teams between now and then.
“We expect to be active in discussions and still in improving the team,” Antonetti said. “It is a much more complex process to complete a deal.”