David Stearns has been searching high and low to add pitchers to the Milwaukee Brewers staff. He’s been rumored to be talking to the Cleveland Indians about Corey Kluber, and those talks are still going.
The latest round of Milwaukee Brewers rumors has given us a pleasant surprise. After trading away Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso, many thought the Indians would hold on to their starting pitchers they were looking to trade, Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer. But that doesn’t appear to be the case.
According to Jon Morosi, even after clearing payroll, the Indians are still talking to other teams about possibly trading away Corey Kluber.
Sources: #Indians trade talks involving Corey Kluber have continued this week. The Cleveland front office is very thorough. #Dodgers, #Brewers, #Phillies, #Reds among the teams that have shown interest. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 19, 2018
With talks still ongoing, there’s a chance Kluber could still be moved this offseason. He’s definitely one of the top pitchers in baseball, winning two Cy Young awards in the past five years, and he’s under team control for three seasons.
What Are The Chances Kluber Gets Traded?
It’s going to take an absolute haul for any team to pry away Corey Kluber from the Indians. Especially now that Cleveland has cleared payroll in other areas, they’re not under as much pressure to move Kluber. It’s going to take a little extra convincing to acquire him.
We’ve proposed a package the Milwaukee Brewers could send to the Indians in exchange for Kluber, and the centerpiece obviously has to be Keston Hiura.
Adding someone like Kluber would immediately make this Brewers rotation one to be feared not only in the regular season, but the postseason as well.
Morosi lists four teams that have shown interest in Kluber, and the Brewers are one of them. But there also could be other teams involved. If GM David Stearns is serious about upgrading his rotation, Kluber would obviously be his top target.
Nevertheless, the Brewers should still have enough to get a deal done for Kluber. They’re going to have to move one of their top pitching prospects, although Corbin Burnes should be off-limits in any discussions in my opinion.
There’s a decent chance this trade could get done, and David Stearns will have put the finishing touch on his roster if he completes this deal. He has the offense necessary to win, he has the bullpen, and all he needs is to finish the rotation. Kluber gives the Crew the legitimate 200+ inning a season ace that they need.
Since the Indians aren’t under as much pressure to move Kluber and proposals will likely have to be increased to convince them, maybe the Brewers will have to include Freddy Peralta in the deal instead of Brandon Woodruff like was proposed in RtB’s trade package.
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Corey Kluber would be the biggest name that could get traded this offseason. That would make two offseasons in a row that Stearns would get the top target on the trade market if he’s able to complete it.