The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t simply resting on their laurels of a star-studded starting pitching staff. No, they have their eyes on a bigger prize as the hot stove continues to heat up. Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers have been in ‘discussions’ that involve the ace of the Cleveland Indians, Corey Kluber.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 29, 2018
Sources say the Dodgers and Indians have discussed various trade proposals in recent days. One such possibility involves Cleveland ace Corey Kluber going to Los Angeles in a deal that includes Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers would need to add at least one significant player in addition to Puig in order for the Indians to seriously consider moving Kluber, one source said Wednesday. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal was first to report the talks between the Dodgers and Indians.
This would be a big time deal for the Dodgers to say the least. Moreover, the cost to acquire a player like Kluber will be exorbitant.
Kluber won the American League Cy Young Award in 2014 and again in 2017. Then, in 2018 he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA. This included 222 strikeouts in 215 innings pitched. However, 2019 will be Kluber’s age-33 season.
It’s important that while trying to add an ace of Kluber’s stature – the Dodgers don’t overpay for past performance. As with any player, it will be upon the front office to evaluate whether or not Kluber can be an elite starter in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
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