The Dodgers have been in Corey Kluber for well over a month now. Equally important, the San Diego Padres have emerged as a suitor for the Cleveland Indians’ ace.
Now, Jon Morosi reports over at MLB.com that the Dodgers still haven’t given up hopes.
The Indians and Padres have been in contact regarding a possible Kluber trade since the New Year began, although no deal was close as of Friday night, sources said. A separate source said the Dodgers have remained involved in recent trade discussions with the Indians regarding Kluber.
This is fresh news, folks. Last we heard, the team’s chance at landing Kluber (or Trevor Bauer) were dwindling by the day.
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Morosi goes on to mention that the Dodgers, Brewers, and Phillies have discussed Kluber at various points during the offseason. This is something that we all know.
What we don’t know is the reason that the Dodgers still believe they can land Kluber. Still, that remains paramount in this storyline. With time dwindling before spring training, teams are not wasting time on ideas that are next to impossible. If the Dodgers are still chasing Kluber – they likely have a good reason for doing so. Moreover, they believe they can still land him with some assets that they have on the table.
Furthermore, it seems that the Indians are overtly open to dealing Kluber. This is another ‘why’ that would seem important. While I parrot the news to you – it’s a point I want to continue to hammer home. A team that is 12 to 1 odds to win the World Series like Cleveland doesn’t often seem so open to moving their most valuable starter, do they?
Until the regular season begins, Kluber to the Dodgers likely remains in play. And then if the Indians sputter out of the gates, you could see summer deadline chatter return about this connection. We will continue to update this storyline with any info that comes our way.
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