Despite reports earlier in the off-season that the Dodgers were interested in trading for Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber Jorge Castillo of the LA Times reported Sunday that the Dodgers’ interest in Kluber wasn’t really that deep. Kluber was traded to the Texas Rangers early on Sunday morning.
The Dodgers weren’t in on Corey Kluber recently. They’re focused on acquiring Francisco Lindor. They’d like Mike Clevinger, too.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 15, 2019
According to Castillo, the Dodgers are more zeroed-in on shortstop Francisco Lindor while also looking at right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger.
The Lindor-Dodgers links don’t seem to be going away anytime soon, as this is likely their best shot at making a splash this off-season after missing out on both Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon.
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Clevinger would instantly boost the Dodgers already impressive starting rotation. He was Cleveland’s anchor after Kluber struggled with injuries that derailed his 2019 campaign. Clevinger thrived in his new role, posting a career-best ERA of 2.71 and 1.056 WHIP.
Just acquiring Lindor would be pricey for the Dodgers, who would likely have to part ways with both Gavin Lux and Dustin May. But adding in Clevinger would likely make LA have to place an even bigger bid than what was originally thought. Friedman is going to have to decide if the price is worth it to go all-in on chasing the Dodgers’ first World Series ring in 31 years.