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Trade deadline: Indians look to improve offense

07.06.11 at 1:41 pm ET

Sitting in first place in the American League Central, the Indians will be in a new position this trading deadline. Instead of being sellers like in previous years, this year they will be buyers as they will look to maintain their position atop the AL Central.

Speaking with Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said: ‘€œWe’€™re open in any way we can to improve the team, whatever that might be. Especially with [Shin-SooChoo suffering the injury that he suffered, we’€™ll probably focus most of our efforts on improving our offense and getting a little more consistency there.’€

Antonetti also noted how difficult it is to project how a player from an outside organization will work out after a deal is made.

‘€œIt’€™s so hard to put percentages on external acquisitions because there are so many variables in play,’€ Antonetti said. ‘€œThe benefit that we have with our internal options is we control those unilaterally, which guys we bring up, provided they’€™re healthy. Externally, so many things have to come together.’€

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