With the Dodgers and Padres reportedly “working hard” on getting a trade done involving outfielder Matt Kemp, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman passes along word that the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners have all dropped out of the running.
This could be a realization that the Padres are likely to land Kemp more than anything else. Some talks just never got very far. According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles backed out due to a combination of health concerns and the Dodgers’ asking price of Kevin Gausman or Dylan Bundy.
If a deal gets done, it’s believed that Yasmani Grandal will be part of the return package for the Dodgers. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported earlier today that pitching prospect Matt Wisler will not be included in the deal.
The Cleveland Indians have either traded two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers or are on the verge of doing so. Jon Heyman says the deal is done. Others are reporting that it’s close. It is not clear yet what the Indians will be receiving in return in what seems like an inevitable transaction.
Kluber made only seven starts this past year thanks to a broken arm and a strained oblique muscle. When he did pitch he was no great shakes, posting a 5.80 ERA and 44 hits in 35.2 innings. Those were freak injuries that do not suggest long-term problems, however, so there’s a good reason to think he’ll bounce back to useful form, even if it’s a tough ask for him to return to the form that won him the 2014 and 2017 Cy Young Award.
Before his injury-wracked 2019 campaign, Kluber pitched over 200 innings in each of his previous five seasons so mileage could be an issue. For his career he’s 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA (134 ERA+), a 2.99 FIP, and a K/BB ratio of 1,461/292 over 1,341.2 innings in nine big league seasons.
Unless there is cash coming from Cleveland in the deal, the Rangers will be paying him $17.5 million this year and a 2021 option of $14 million pursuant to the five-year, $38.5 million contract he inked with Cleveland before the 2015 season.