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Mets Trade Rumors: New York Has Discussed Corey Kluber with Indians | Bleacher Report

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 24:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox on September 24, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-0 as Kluber recorded his 20th win of the season.  (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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The New York Mets and Cleveland Indians have engaged in discussions about Tribe right-handed ace Corey Kluber, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com:

A two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, Kluber went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 222 strikeouts last season. The 32-year-old has punched out an average of 246 batters per year since 2014.

Feinsand provided his take on what a potential Kluber-Mets move may represent:

              

The Mets finished 77-85 last season and looked a long way from competing for a World Series title, let alone a National League playoff berth.

However, as Feinsand wrote, new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is making seismic offseason waves as represented by his reported deal for Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Bringing in a bona fide ace like Kluber would bolster their rotation and help make them an instant NL playoff contender.

As Sherman noted, Mets right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been involved in trade talks, so it’s possible Van Wagenen is looking to move one ace pitcher and bring in another in his place alongside 2018 NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.

At his best, Syndergaard is one of the game’s top hurlers, as he displayed when he struck out 218 batters in 183.2 innings in 2016 while posting a 2.60 ERA. While he’s suffered injuries that have held him to 32 starts over the past two years, Syndergaard is still a valuable talent entering his age-26 season.

Still, Kluber represents an upgrade over Syndergaard at the moment, given his recent resume, and it’s clear the Mets are trying to win now with the Cano-Diaz move.

As for Cleveland, Kluber’s availability seems puzzling at first, given the ace’s consistent track record. But Buster Olney of ESPN explained why that might be the case in a November 2 tweet:

Cleveland may have also hit its peak after a successful playoff stretch, so perhaps the Indians are looking to shake things up.

 



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