Of all the scenarios that Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro envisioned in spring training, falling 20 games out of first place in the American League Central by mid-July wasn't prominent on the list.
Yet here it is, about a week before the non-waiver deadline, and Shapiro leads Kansas City's Dayton Moore and Pittsburgh's Dave Littlefield 2-0 in white-flag deals. He sent Eduardo Perez to Seattle for minor league infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and helped Atlanta plug its closer hole by sending Bob Wickman to the Braves for a minor league catcher.
The Red Sox have Manny Ramirez. The Indians have former Braves prospect Max Ramirez, and an unwelcome wait-until-next-year mentality.