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Indians Increasingly Unlikely To Trade Corey Kluber

Indians Increasingly Unlikely To Trade Corey Kluber
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
Sep 24, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

a€œThere is almost no chancea€ the Indians deal ace right-handerA Corey KluberA before pitchers and catchers report to Clevelanda€™s Spring Training camp on Thursday,A MLB.coma€™s Jon Paul MorosiA reports.A  This would seemingly close on the door entirely on a Kluber trade, as Morosi notes that a€œita€™s believed that the team wona€™t be receptive to active trade conversations during Spring Training,a€ and talks also wouldna€™t take place during the season unless the Tribe fell out of contention by the July trade deadline.

Rumors have swirled around Kluber for months, sinceA news brokeA in early November that the Indians were open to discussing any of their veteran players in an effort to cut payroll.A  Beyond Kluber, names such asA Trevor Bauer,A Carlos Carrasco,A Jason Kipnis,A Edwin Encarnacion,A Yonder Alonso, andA Yan GomesA were also floated as potential trade chips.A  As the offseason progressed, the Tribe ended up dealing Alonso, Encarnacion and Gomes (while solidifying Carrasco as a long-term piece byA signing him to an extension).

With some financial breathing room established, there seemed toA be less chanceA that Kluber or Bauer would also be dealt.A  Clevelanda€™s high asking price also surely played a role, as the TribeA reportedlyA would only move either pitcher for a prospect package akin to what the White Sox received from the Red Sox forA Chris Sale.A  The Reds, Yankees, Mets, Padres, Phillies, Brewers, and Dodgers were all rumored to be discussing Kluber at one point or another this winter, though barring a late-breaking change of heart, it doesna€™t seem like the two-time Cy Young Award winner is going anywhere.

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