Cleveland Indians: Could Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, or Both be Traded?

The Cleveland Indians have been a very good baseball club for the past four years. In fact, they won the AL Central Division all four of those years. In 2019, the story is very different for Cleveland. Their record is just 26-26 and they are 10 games back of the Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central. In fact, the Indians are only 1.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox for the second wild-card spot in the American League. Also, the good news is it is only Memorial Day. Cleveland is currently in the midst of a crucial three-game set with Boston on the road. Nonetheless, if for some strange reason the Cleveland Indians are out of it by the All-Star Break, would they will be willing to trade Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, both of them, or none of them?

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There were rumors floating around last offseason that both of them could have been traded. Bauer is 28 years old and Kluber is 33 years old.

Trevor Bauer will have an arbitration year after this season before he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season. Cleveland is probably afraid they can’t re-sign him and also the Indians might also be afraid that the championship window has closed on them.

His record so far this season is 4-4 with a 3.99 ERA. In 76.2 innings pitched, Bauer has given up 53 hits and 38 runs. He has walked 36 batters and struck out 88.

As for Kluber, he has two more years remaining on his contract. The only thing that may hold him back from being traded at the trade deadline this season is his fractured right ulna. It is unknown when he will return to the mound this season.

Corey Kluber’s record so far this season is 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA. In 35.2 innings pitched, he has given up 44 hits and 26 runs. Kluber has also walked 15 batters and has struck out 38.

I think it will be tougher to trade Corey Kluber this season rather than Trevor Bauer.

A possible trade partner?

The San Diego Padres could very well be in play for one of those pitchers, but they could also be bold and try and go for both of them.

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Entering Memorial Day, San Diego was only two games back of the Atlanta Braves for the second wild-card spot in the National League, but they are 7.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

The Padres have the prospects in order for them to acquire high caliber players.

The most realistic trade that would happen is #2 prospect left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore, #3 prospect infielder Luis Urias, #4 prospect right-handed pitcher Luis Patino, #6 prospect left-handed pitcher Logan Allen, and #13 prospect outfielder Tirso Ornelas for Trevor Bauer.

The asking price is going to be very high for him and that is why Gore and Urias would be dealt in this trade. The Cleveland Indians need a utility hitter and they don’t really have that flexibility right now in the majors. MacKenzie Gore has the potential to be an ace one day.

He is currently projected to reach the majors in 2021. Gore is currently playing for the Lake Elsinore Storm in High-A. His record so far this season is 4-1 with a 1.15 ERA. In 47.1 innings pitched, MacKenzie Gore has given up 24 hits and six runs. He has walked 10 batters and has struck out 64. Gore is only 20 years old.

Julio Urias is currently playing in the majors right now with the Padres. His batting average is .083 with zero home runs and zero RBI’s, in 11 games. He does have a .241 batting average and Urias has an excellent eye at the plate.

It is very possible he will get sent back down to Triple-A with the El Paso Chihuahuas. In the minors, his batting average was .351 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Julio Urias’s on-base percentage was .442.

He is 21 years old.

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Luis Patino is 19 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Patino is currently pitching in High-A and he is currently on the same team as MacKenzie Gore. Luis Patino’s record so far this season is 3-4 with a 3.50 ERA. In 36 innings pitched, he has given up 23 hits and 16 runs. Patino has walked 20 batters and has struck out 42.

Luis Patino will most likely be a number two or a number three starter in the majors when he gets there. His fastball gets in the high 90s and Patino has a slider that reaches the high 80s and it overpowers hitters.

Logan Allen is currently 22 years old and he is currently playing in Triple-A. He is a left-handed pitcher and Allen has the potential to have a very nice MLB career. It is very possible he pitches in the majors this season. His record so far this season is 4-1 with a 4.01 ERA. In 42.2 innings pitched, Logan Allen has given up 41 hits and 23 runs. He has also walked 19 batters and has struck out 50.

He has a very good four-pitch arsenal and it could be very effective for a very long time.

Outfielder Tirso Ornelas is currently playing in High-A right now. His batting average is .247 with one home run and 16 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Ornelas’s on-base percentage is .335. He has the potential to be an everyday outfielder. Tirso Ornelas needs to work on his power, but he has a very good eye at the plate which pleases scouts.

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