MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers, Phillies Among Teams Interested in Corey Kluber

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 19, 2018

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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The Cleveland Indians may not be done making moves this offseason, with Corey Kluber reportedly still generating trade interest from multiple teams.

According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, Cleveland's front office has talked with other clubs about the two-time American League Cy Young winner this week.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies are listed among the teams that have expressed interest in acquiring Kluber.

Morosi added the Indians have shown interest in Cincinnati's top two prospects—infielder Nick Senzel and outfielder Taylor Trammell—when the two teams have talked about Kluber

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported last month that Cleveland's front office would listen to offers on its high-priced veterans in an attempt to cut payroll and give the team more financial flexibility. 

The Indians have followed through on that approach by trading catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners and first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox. 

Per Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the Indians aren't as motivated by financial concerns after those three deals and will be more likely to keep Kluber and Trevor Bauer next season. 

Kluber and Carlos Santana, who was acquired in the Encarnacion trade, are Cleveland's most expensive players in 2019 with matching $17 million salaries. 

A three-time AL All-Star, Kluber finished last season with a 2.89 ERA and 222 strikeouts in 215 innings to help the Indians win their third straight AL Central title. 


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