It’s been said that if the Los Angeles Dodgers could pull off a trade for Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer to pair with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, it would give the team their best trio in a half century. Still, if you were one of the hopefuls of the Dodgers adding an ace starting pitcher, this post may deflate you a bit.
Will the Indians Look To Move Kluber or Bauer?
Ken Rosenthal reports via The Athletic that the chances of the Indians trading one of these two is diminishing.
The chances of the Indians trading one of their star right-handers, Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, seems to diminish by the day. One rival executive says the Indians currently are more aggressive on acquiring “cheap roster fillers” than completing a blockbuster involving a starting pitcher.
It’s doubtful the Indians would make Kluber or Bauer available in July if they are in contention, but a number of other starting pitchers — from the DBacks’ Robbie Ray to the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner to the Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman — might have greater value at the deadline, provided they pitch well in the first half.
Moreover, if we’re being honest; it would make little sense for Cleveland to deal one of these two now. Both Kluber and Bauer figure to have a shot at winning the Cy Young Award in 2019. The Indians are currently 12 to 1 odds to win the 2019 World Series. Simply put, this doesn’t seem like a team that would need to trade an ace for a couple future pieces.
The Indians have the luxury of standing pat through the winter, and seeing what type of team takes shape when the regular season begins. Then, if things get off to a slow start; the market for either of these players would really blossom.
Adding a third workhorse-type ace starting pitcher has always seemed a bit too good to be true for the Dodgers. Furthermore, they already have one of the deepest stables of starting pitching in all of baseball. It’s a surplus like this which allowed them to trade Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds.
Los Angeles is going to do something to make a splash – but reading between the lines may be telling us that it’s unlikely for it to be one of the Indians’ coveted starting pitchers.
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