Tribe acquires Anderson, holds on to big league players

Tribe acquires Anderson, holds on to big league players

KANSAS CITY -- The Indians are moving forward with what they already had in place. The non-waiver Trade Deadline came and went on Tuesday afternoon, and none of Cleveland's players were told to collect their things and head out of the visitors' clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium.

Caught in a gray area between contending and simply playing out the season, Cleveland chose to stand pat. There was one minor move -- acquiring Minor League first baseman Lars Anderson from the Red Sox -- but the Tribe's Major League roster remained intact.

"We have two months left," Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo said. "We still have a great chance to make the playoffs. I still have very good confidence in this team."

Heading into Tuesday's game against the Royals, the Indians were in third place and five games back of the American League Central-leading White Sox. Cleveland could still try to swing a trade or two in August, and the club will explore its options throughout the waiver period, but the team's chances apear to rest on the roster in hand.

In a conference call on Tuesday, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti described his search for roster upgrades as "exhaustive," but the Tribe did not find a proposal that convinced it to pull the trigger. In the wake of the lack of activity, Antonetti said the team is relying on improvement from his current players to save this season.

"The most important thing," Antonetti said, "is for the guys that are h