Report: Indians talking with Padres about possible Kluber deal

Will the Indians trade Corey Kluber?

James Rapien
December 26, 2018 - 4:49 pm
Sep 5, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – There's been plenty of trade chatter involving Corey Kluber this offseason. That continued on Wednesday with Jon Morosi's report connecting the Indians to the San Diego Padres. 

Morosi mentioned three players that Cleveland could have interest in: outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe and catcher Austin Hedges. The Indians and Padres have completed trades before, including the Brad Hand deal in July. 

The Indians have talked with multiple teams about a Kluber trade, including the Reds and Dodgers. Morosi says the trade talks are most intense with National League teams. 

The Indians have cut nearly $22 million in salary for the 2019 season. They should be able to keep Kluber, which means their asking price should be sky-high. They're obviously open for business when it comes to a potential deal, but that doesn't mean they have to make one. 

They can't settle for prospects in return for Kluber. This team needs Major League talent that could help the team win next season. If the Padres or another team offers that and prospects, then Kluber could end up pitching for another team in 2019.