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Real or not? The Indians need all the bullpen help in the world

Let the bidding war for Kyle Barraclough begin!
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The Tuesday night escapades began in Cleveland, where Trevor Bauer crushed the Reds with 12 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings. The Indians led 4-0, and Cody Allen came in for the final three outs.

Indeed, Francona appeared to motion for a lefty when he went to take out Allen. Willis took the blame after the game. Francona took responsibility as well. Heck, Cody Allen blamed himself. And really, as big as the Otero-Perez gaffe was, the bigger problem is that anybody Francona summons from the bullpen these days isn’t a good option.

The Indians have a 5.37 bullpen ERA, worst in the majors. Andrew Miller, when he returns from the DL for his knee problem sometime after the All-Star break, isn’t going to fix this all by himself. That is why the Indians will be in on every significant reliever available at the trade deadline, whether it’s Barraclough or Zach Britton or Joakim Soria or one of the Padres guys, or maybe they try to pry Raisel Iglesias from the Reds.

I’ll just say, I know he’s evaluating with his management team a number of things, Pelinka said. The good news is all the things they’re evaluating as his options have him 100 percent ready for training camp. Jack Johnson Authentic Jersey … We’re just excited to know he’s going to be 100 percent available for training camp.

One scenario for addressing the imbalance between the conferences — the Warriors, from the West, just won their third championship in four seasons with a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals — is the idea of seeding teams 1-through-16 in the playoffs. Silver says that has real appeal but would take time to implement.

The most significant obstacle to seeding 1-through-16, as appealing as that would be to me and I think a lot of fans, would be the dramatic increase in travel that would follow, Silver said. In our estimate, we could be looking at roughly 40-50 percent more travel. … It doesn’t mean we can’t, but it is not something we can do quickly. It would require really a wholesale re-examination of how we do the schedule, how our television Jori Lehtera Jersey deal works. … We are going to look at it. I think it has a real appeal to ownership and I know it does to fans. It’s just not such an easy thing to do.