Update #2 (8:49 PM EST): Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal is done pending a physical.
Update (8:17 PM EST): Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Kluber’s deal will be for five years and include two club options.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Indians and starter Corey Kluber are close to an agreement on a contract extension. Rosenthal says that the deal is expected to be made official by Opening Day.
Kluber, who turns 29 on April 10, broke out with a 2.44 ERA and a 269/51 K/BB ratio in 235 2/3 innings en route to winning the American League Cy Young Award last season. He’s slated to oppose Astros starter Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day on Monday.
Rosenthal also notes that the Indians are discussing an extension with Carlos Carrasco. He also broke out last season, finshing with a 2.55 ERA and a 140/29 K/BB ratio in 134 innings.
The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.
The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:
Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.
This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.
As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.