"It's a great opportunity to improve the team," Shapiro said. "Any time all the teams and all the agents are in one location, it's a great opportunity to get business done."
"I've always looked at those deals as risk-reward and [asked], 'Is the price right?'" he said. "The deal has to fit perfectly for both teams for that to happen." The Tribe's greatest area of depth on the farm and at the Major League level is in starting pitching. Former No. 1 pick Jeremy Guthrie, who is out of options, and right-handers Fausto Carmona and Brian Slocum are all in the mix, and prized prospect Adam Miller is not far behind. With that depth in mind, and with five starters -- C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Jake Westbrook, Jeremy Sowers and Paul Byrd -- all under contract for 2007, it has been speculated that the Indians might be open to the possibility of trading one of the members of their big-league rotation. Not so fast, Shapiro said. He knows a single injury can wreak havoc on an otherwise sturdy starting setup. "The day you start thinking you've got depth at starting, you're moments away from needing a starter and having to trade for a guy," Shapiro said. "I'm always open to creativity [on the trade front], but [trading a starter] is not something we're looking to do." The only way the Indians would be open to trading a starter is if the return filled two major holes at the big-league level. Shapiro isn't certain all the Indians' needs will be addressed in the coming week, but he is confident he will make headway on that stated goal of improving the team. "We'll be busy," he said. "Whether we get stuff done depends on how you judge -- internally or from an external standpoint. We'll have quite a bit to do."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.