NEW YORK -- The Indians finished behind the White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis sweepstakes. Cleveland is hoping that one missed trade opportunity does not net a similar result in the American League Central standings when it is all said and done this season.
On Monday, Indians manager Manny Acta expressed confidence that the ballclub would continue to aggressively pursue upgrades on the trade front leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"Our front office doesn't stop trying to make our team better," Acta said. "But it takes two to tango. It's not as easy as people think it is, and it's got to be something that makes sense for us."
Cleveland's most glaring needs at the moment are a right-handed bat -- preferably for left field -- along with rotation and middle-relief help.
The Indians were linked to Youkilis in trade reports over the past couple of weeks, but it was the White Sox who pried the third baseman away from the Red Sox on Sunday. Chicago sent right-hander Zach Stewart and utility man Brent Lillibridge to Boston to complete the trade.
Youkilis hit .233 with a .315 on-base percentage through 42 games with the Red Sox this season. Over his past 76 games, dating back to last year, the veteran infielder has hit .211 (58-for-275) with eight homers and 29 RBIs. Youkilis has a solid track record, however, and that is why he would appeal to contending clubs like Chicago and Cleveland.
"You know that he's going to make them better," Acta said. "He's been such a good player, and he's been here and done that. But you just cant waste time worrying about that. ... We understand what we have, and we just have to deal with it.
"Hopefully we can get a push either at the Deadline or somewhere along the line."