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Dodgers, Indians reportedly discussing trade for top starting pitcher

Corey Kluber

The Indians are looking to shed payroll this winter and are reportedly open to trading one of their top starting pitchers, and the Dodgers are among the teams that are interested in Cleveland’s assets.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Indians and Dodgers have had ongoing trade discussions that are likely centered around Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco.

In addition to the Dodgers, Morosi reports that the Brewers and Braves have also inquired about the Indians’ arms.

Kluber is scheduled to make $17 million in 2019, which sounds like a bargain after he finished third in Cy Young voting this season. The 32-year-old posted a 20-7 record and a 2.89 ERA after going 18-4 record with a 2.25 ERA in 2017. He has club options of $15.5 million and $16 million in 2020 and 2021, so the return for him would have to be very significant.

The Indians are also said to be looking to deal some of their top position players, so it would be a surprise if they don’t make a big move at some point.

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