July 14, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (18) hits a two run RBI single in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The Cleveland Indians are "aggressively" in pursuit an outfielder or starting pitcher prior to the trade deadline, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Acta just told me the Indians front office has been really aggressive in trying to get an outfield bat or starting pitcher by the deadline— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 17, 2012
Just three games back in the AL Central, the Tribe are in the hunt to bolster their struggling starting rotation. Of the six starting pitchers the Indians have used this season, only rookie Zach McAllister has an ERA under 4.00. The Indians are one of ten teams that have been tied to Cubs' right-hander Ryan Dempster, but haven't made much noise anywhere else on the pitching market.
The Tribe have also been in search of corner outfield help for some time. The team acquired Johnny Damon as a temporary stopgap in mid-April, but the 38-year-old is hitting just .227/.293/.355 on the season. The Indians are currently rumored to be in on Carlos Quentin, Shane Victorino and Vernon Wells.
What do the Indians need more: a bat or pitching help?