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Indians trade rumors: David Murphy, Ryan Raburn may become available

The team may look to move a couple of veterans this month.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

While the Indians are unlikely to blow up their entire roster in advance of the July 31 trade deadline, a couple of veterans may be available. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of, the most likely Indians to be traded are outfielders David Murphy and Ryan Raburn.

Rosenthal notes that the Indians continue to receive trade inquiries on first baseman Carlos Santana, though are likely to keep him due to how club-friendly his contract is. Outfielder Brandon Moss has also been linked to the Angels in recent trade rumors, though he appears unlikely to be dealt due to the Indians' unwillingness to part with major pieces.

Murphy and Raburn have been reduced to limited roles due to the Indians having Moss, Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley as outfield starters, and may soon be traded to a club that could provide more playing time. The Angels and Cubs are known to be looking for left-handed hitting outfield bats, so Murphy may be especially attractive to them.

Murphy has seen significant time at designated hitter this season, hitting .323/.364/.479 with five home runs in a year that has served as a resurgence for the 33-year old. He is under team control for next season due to a $7 million option.

Raburn, 34, is also controllable for next season on a $3 million club option. He has hit .289/.379/.518 with four homers in 132 at-bats this season, and has the ability to play both corner outfield positions along with having some experience in the infield.