Cleveland Indians starting pitcher and two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber would be part of a potential three-team trade that the Cincinnati Reds, the San Diego Padres and the Cleveland Indians have explored, according to a report via Twitter from The Athletic’s Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal.
Last week, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported that talks between the Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been serious, with no sign of recent progress. After the blockbuster deal completed last month between the Reds and Dodgers, there was speculation that the Dodgers might next pursue Kluber.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Monday that trade talks with New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray have “ramped up,” with the Reds one of at least six teams involved.
Morosi reported last month that the Indians and Reds have discussed a trade involving Kluber, with the Tribe expressing interest in top Reds prospects Nick Senzel and Taylor Trammell. Morosi reported earlier that the Reds were open to a trade with the Tribe for Kluber or Trevor Bauer.
The 32-year-old Kluber was 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 0.991 WHIP in 2018. He finished third in AL Cy Young voting after winning the award in 2017 and 2014.
Kluber’s 2018 salary, per baseball-reference.com, was $10,700,000. He can become a free agent no earlier than 2020.
In four career starts against the Reds, Kluber is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA, with no home runs allowed in 30 innings, five walks and 26 strikeouts.
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