Hot Stove rumors involving the Cincinnati Reds and a pair of Cleveland Indians starting pitchers got going earlier this week with Jon Morosi’s Tweet that the Reds are open to a trade with the Tribe for Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer, and USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Boeck mentions the Reds as well in including Bauer and Kluber among his six MLB players who could be traded over the winter.
Boeck on Kluber and Bauer:
The former two-time American League Cy Young winner is coming off a 2018 season in which he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA over 215 innings and finished third in the Cy Young vote. He’s been linked to the Reds and Mets. On the surface, the Mets would be a logical landing spot because of his ties with manager Mickey Calloway, his former pitching coach in Cleveland. But, after the Cano deal, the Mets may not be willing to deal any more top-tiered prospects, opening the door for another club. Could the Yankees be interested?
The Indians would be much more inclined to trade Bauer over Kluber or Carlos Carrasco. However, according to Bauer, who does not become a free agent until 2021, he doesn’t think it makes sense to trade him this offseason. “I’m still playing at a massive discount. Next year is when it would make sense to trade me,” he said on MLB Network last month. Bauer, who has been linked to the Reds, is projected to earn $11.6 million in arbitration this winter.
San Francisco Giants left-handed starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed starter Zack Greinke also are among Boeck’s trade candidates.
Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reported last week that the Reds have checked in about a possible trade for Greinke, though it’s believed that Cincinnati might be on a lengthy list of teams to which he can block a deal. And Morosi’s report that the Giants are willing to discuss a trade of Bumgarner fueled speculation that the Reds might pursue him.
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Additional recent reports mentioning the Reds have involved starting pitching, including free agent Dallas Keuchel, the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, and James Paxton, who was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees.
Last Thursday, USA TODAY Sports’ Gabe Lacques argued that Bryce Harper, the former National League Most Valuable Player who rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract offer from the Washington Nationals in September, and the Reds “would make for one big run-scoring machine” and could be a good fit on and off the field.
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