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ESPN.com’s Buster Olney first reported the Indians “will listen to trade offers for some of their veterans” over the winter because the team is “faced with market constraints.”
A two-time Cy Young winner, Kluber has been scalding hot over the past few seasons and is signed to a team-friendly deal that runs through 2021. He’ll earn $15.2 million next season and owns club options of $15.5 and $16 million, respectively, for the 2020 and 2021 campaigns.
In 2018, Kluber went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 222 strikeouts, marking the fifth straight season in which he struck out at least 200 batters.
Carrasco, meanwhile, will make $9.8 million next season and owns a $9.5 million club option in 2020. He’s scheduled to become a free agent in 2021.
Last season, the 31-year-old went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA, a career-high 231 strikeouts and a robust 5.4 strikeout-to-walk rate.