Report: Indians and Padres discussing potential trade for Kluber or Bauer

A deal isn't expected to happen before Opening Day

James Rapien
March 18, 2019 - 5:49 pm
Mar 13, 2019; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (47) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says the Indians are still engaged in trade talks with the Padres about a potential Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer deal.

Rosenthal doesn't expect anything to get done before Opening Day, but says a deal could happen during the season.

It's a reminder that the Indians' front office is willing to turn over every stone in hopes of adding to the roster. They may have salary restraints, but that isn't going to prevent them from being creative. The Indians have arguably the best starting rotation in baseball. It makes sense for them to explore possible deals with capable starters like Shane Bieber and Mike Clevinger at the back end of their rotation.

The Padres' minor-league system is loaded with high-end prospects. San Diego is clearly interested in winning now, after adding Manny Machado this offseason.

The Indians' asking price should be sky-high and it shouldn't lower once the regular season starts. There will be teams who are desperate to add Kluber or Bauer. The Indians have to hope their 'big-five' can stay healthy and performs at a high level. If they do, then a potential blockbuster trade at the deadline is possible. 

The Indians start the regular season in Minnesota on March 28.