Philadelphia Phillies: It’s Time to Trade for Cleveland Ace Corey Kluber
The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to get big outings from its starting rotation this season and with expectations being high it’s important for the Phils to stop the bleeding before they find themselves in a hole. Adding Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber could fix some of their problems.
The Phils are in an ultra-competitive NL East and the rotation has to step up to give the team more balance.
With Aaron Nola possessing an ERA of 7.45 and Nick Pivetta is trying to turn the corner after giving up 14 earned runs in 13.1 innings, the Phils need to find a starter with plenty of postseason experience.
Kluber had an abysmal outing on Sunday and surrendered six earned runs in two and two-thirds. However, the Cy Young Award winner has shown that he still has a lot of stellar performances left in him.
Against Detroit, Kluber struck out a season-high eight batters, walked one, allowed one earned run in six frames.
The Tribe’s star pitcher also stymied Minnesota through seven innings on opening day. Kluber held them to four hits, a pair of runs and struck out five Twins.
The Phillies could pull off a trade with the Indians by giving up some prospects who might not be in their future plans or are not going to be major-league ready until a long way down the road.
Philly could certainly eat the money on Kluber’s current deal. Money that includes $17 million this season, $17.5 million in 2020 (club option) and $18 million in 2021 (club option).
If the Phils can’t get Kluber for any reason then they should continue to try to find another arm. One that will assist in creating consistent dominance for a rotation that has struggled to do that.
If Philly wants to climb into the NL East top spot, it will need to look for a solution sooner rather than later. Or else the season will be a disappointing one.
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