Indians manager Manny Acta said his team should not focus on that fact.
"We're not winning as consistently as we should," Acta said on Sunday. "So far, it has had nothing to do with [Francisco] Liriano or whoever else the White Sox or Detroit Tigers have gotten. We have to take care of our own business."
Chicago swung a deal on Saturday night to land Liriano, who had been slated to start for the Twins against the Indians on Sunday. The White Sox previously made deals to acquire third baseman Kevin Youkilis and reliever Brett Myers. Detroit reeled in infielder Omar Infante and starter Anibal Sanchez from the Marlins.
Cleveland has yet to make any major moves, but part of that is likely due to the club's recent subpar performance. The Tribe entered Sunday's game in third place and 5 1/2 games behind the White Sox for the division lead.
"I was expecting to play better than what we have," Acta said. "I wasn't planning on taking a step back when it came to our rotation and when it came to our offense. Up to now, we haven't met the expectations we had on both ends."
Asked if the Indians might consider trading away some of its players for prospects, Acta said it would likely have to be a deal that helped the Major League ballclub.
"I think if we do get prospects, it'll be upper-level prospects," Acta said. "That's probably the goal. Guys that can either come here right away or just be pretty close. Major League-ready guys that we can control."