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Indians Rumors: James Shields, Chris Perez, Shin-Soo Choo

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Jul 23, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez (54) celebrates after a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Jul 23, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez (54) celebrates after a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

While the Cleveland Indians are reportedly willing to listen to offers for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and closer Chris Perez, they are "very unlikely to deal either player unless they get blown away," according the Jayson Stark of ESPN:

Teams that have spoken with the Indians say they're willing to listen on Chris Perez and Shin-Soo Choo but they're very unlikely to deal either player unless they get blown away. The Indians are telling teams they'll wait until the last minute to decide if they're buying, selling or some combination of both.

The Indians have gone 5-8 since the All-Star break, falling to .500 on the season, four games back of the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox.

Stark says that even though the Indians would consider trading players such as Perez and Choo, they are one of the teams that have talked to the Tampa Bay Rays regarding right-hander James Shields.

Cleveland’s interest in Shields lines up with Buster Olney of ESPN’s report stating the Indians focus at the deadline is on players "they can control past this year," not rentals.

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What should the Indians do this deadline?

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