I love trade season! I'm going to put out two bats that are available and potentially low cost.
Shin-Soo Choo .303/.409/.496/.905
Jamey Carroll .276/.352/.351/.703
Cleveland need bullpen help badly. They need rotational depth badly. They need salary relief badly. They are the worst team in the American League. Sox need middle infielder depth (Carroll plays SS/2B/3B, lifetime fielding .985), and a bat off the bench and occasional starter for pretty much everyone. Kotsay, Bailey both hurt. Drew, Baldelli need regualr rest. these guys could be had.
Carroll is a free agent after this year. Choo doesn't even have 2 full years of ML service time, but he is arbitration eligible and Shapiro has already started downplaying his potential contract in the Cleveland papers. These two guys are flying way under the radar. Carroll doesn't bring much pop but he doesn't strike out, gets on base and makes decent contact. Shoo is another potential young bat with decent pop, started out as a pitcher and has been used as a 1B in the minors and the WBC. What do you think?