CLEVELAND -- The Indians were aggressive at the Trade Deadline last year. They sent a package of four prospects to Colorado in exchange for pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.
While this year's July 31 Deadline is still nearly six weeks away, Indians manager Manny Acta would like the team to make a move again. The Indians entered play Monday in second place in the American League Central, 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox.
"Everybody needs something," Acta said. "But it's not like going to the store and grabbing a can of tomato sauce. You have your necessities, but sometimes they're not there for you. It takes two to tango. I think we do need some help."
Among the possible things on the Indians' shopping list is a right-handed bat and an outfielder. The Indians haven't gotten the kind of production they hoped from veteran Johnny Damon in left field, and they have no regular right-handed-hitting starter (though they have switch-hitters in Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana).
Second baseman Jason Kipnis is well aware of the team's needs. But he doesn't believe the Indians need to make a Deadline deal to compete for a division title.
"I like what we have in this locker room," Kipnis said. "I think we can win with what we have in this locker room. We've done it so far. I'm not too worried if no moves are made. I feel very confident with the guys we have in here.
"If moves are made and the guy comes in and helps us, all the better. But if not, there's no excuses. We should go out and win."