Is it desire? Is it necessity? The world may never know. The Dodgers were originally rumored to have been heavily involved in rumors surrounding Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians. But, that “heavy involvement” has fleeted to possibly involved and the Dodgers interest once gauged as strong now seemingly nothing more than a memory.
Kluber and Bauer would have been rotation altering additions to a team that just parted way with Alex Wood and has expressed that Ross Stripling will be returning to the bullpen despite making his first All-Star appearance due to an incredible first half of starting pitching.
In terms of ERA+, Kluber found himself ranked in the top 7 percent of all major league pitchers with 120 innings pitched or more. Perhaps not common knowledge, Trevor Bauer topped his rotation companion landing in the top 3.5 percent of pitchers by the same standards.
Either way, trade talks have not been mentioned recently between the two teams although a recent report did surface that the Dodgers had previously had serious talks with the Indians about a deal although “nothing was close.”
Close or not, until the season begins the situation between the Dodgers and the Indians is well worth monitoring especially if there is potential for either player to come to Los Angeles.