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Cleveland Indians rumors: Yankees non-trade, Andrew Miller

In Cleveland Indians rumors, the Tribe tipped their hand about what Corey Kluber might cost via trade. Andrew Miller’s name was linked to the Phillies.

The Cleveland Indians could’ve made the trade the Mariners completed last week, according to Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes.

Seattle traded talented starter James Paxton to the Yankees for their No. 1 prospect, Justus Sheffield and minor leaguers Erik Swanson and Don-Thompson Williams.

Hoynes contended the Indians and Yankees could’ve made that trade, because Cleveland and New York talked about the Tribe’s equivalent: Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.

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The Indians need players who can help at the big-league level right now, contends Hoynes and with Sheffield as the center piece of the deal, the Indians would be getting a player still unsure of what his major league role would be.

“They didn’t do it because while they like Sheffield, they don’t like him as much as Seattle apparently does. Plus they needed more from the Yankees than just their No. 1 prospect and Swanson, who pitched at Triple-A last year and Williams, a center fielder who has yet to play above Class A since being drafted in 2014,” Hoynes wrote.

Hoynes is spot on here. Sheffield’s an exciting prospect, and Swanson, a late-round pick of the Braves who continues to rise in value are intriguing talents, but it’s clear Paxton isn’t on the same plane as Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Paxton, 30, has had durability issues. He started a career high 28 games in 2018, while going 11-6 with a 3.74 ERA.

Elsewhere around the hot stove, free-agent reliever Andrew Miller is drawing interest from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB.com’s John Paul Morosi. The Cardinals and Mets are other teams to express interest in the left-hander.

MLB Trade Rumors‘ Mark Polishuk noted the Phillies have tons of money to spend. The organization has been linked to uber free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

Next: Indians rumors: Dodger OFs possible trade targets

There’s been a ton of talk up to this point, but look for Indians’ rumors to really crank up once baseball’s Winter Meetings commence during the first week of December.

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