UPDATE (Wednesday, 3:34 p.m.): Not much “traction” for a deal between the Yankees and Indians.
UPDATE (Tuesday, 1:11 p.m.): The Reds are interested in Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer.
UPDATE (Tuesday, 9:17 a.m.): Cleveland Indians general manager Mike Chernoff and president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti deny they are close to dealing Corey Kluber. Per MLB.com:
“I think we were reading one of those [tweets] on the [television] screen,” Antonetti said. “We were sitting here eating lunch by ourselves going, ‘Oh, really. Who is intensifying those talks?’ I’m not sure who is having those talks intensified.”
The trade talks may not have “intensified,” but Antonetti did say that the discussions are happening more often through text messages, phone calls and in-person meetings.
“I do think with all of us being in the same building and with everyone really focused on transactions, it does pick up the frequency of interactions between teams,” Antonetti said. “And the calendar. We’re later in the offseason than we were a few weeks ago, so teams are trying to check things off their lists.”
UPDATE (Monday, 2:54 p.m.): The Yankees know what it will take to get Corey Kluber from the Indians.
UPDATE (Monday, 1:05 p.m.): MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says Corey Kluber trade talks are heating up.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is hitting the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nev. this week with pitching on his mind. He landed Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton in a trade, but missed on free agents Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi.
If Cashman wants to add another arm, there are plenty of options on the trade market, including Cleveland Indians right-handers Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke and San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal explains what it will take to make a deal with the Indians:
A rival executive in contact with the Indians says the team is open to both straight trades of Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer as well as those in which they would attach the contract of a highly paid position player to one of the pitchers.
Jason Kipnis and Edwin Encarnación – owed $17 million and $25 million respectively, including buyouts – would be leading candidates to move in the latter scenario. Such a trade would save money, an important consideration for the Indians. But it also would lessen the return significantly.
Kipnis, who turns 32 on April 3, is coming off a .704 OPS, his lowest since 2014, and some teams question whether he would accept a secondary role. Encarnacion, who turns 36 on Jan. 7, is coming off an .810 OPS, his lowest since ‘11.
The 32-year-old Kluber is a two-time American League Cy Young Award winner (2014, 2017) who went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 2018, finishing third behind Blake Snell and Justin Verlander in Cy Young voting this season.
The 27-year-old Bauer broke in with the Diamondbacks in 2012 and has spent the last six seasons in Cleveland. His career-best 2.21 ERA in 2018 was second in the American League to Snell, who won the Cy Young Award with a 1.89 ERA. Bauer finished sixth in Cy Young voting and was an All-Star for the first time in 2018.