I’ll give this one to you. The rumors connecting the Dodgers and the Indians over a potential trade for Corey Kluber have felt more serious than anything regarding Harper.
Jon Morosi reported that the Dodgers held “serious discussions” with the Indians over the ace starter and there is nothing to suggest that is not the case.
However, the Dodgers seemed to have slowed down in the pursuit of Kluber while their division mates, the San Diego Padres have picked up some steam.
The Padres have been rumored to be “very serious” in their pursuit of Kluber and the interest does, although not completely, make sense for the young and budding team. The Padres have the internal minor league talent to both swing a deal as well as stay afloat in the majors and Corey Kluber would be a game changer for that rotation.
The only issue here is the Padres’ interest could hurt the Dodgers chances at landing Kluber. The Padres have a significantly stronger farm system and they have major league talent they are willing to part with to make a deal happen. The Dodgers would be leveraged into spending a lot more than I am sure they want to and again, they are left with no deal.
In the event that an overpay is the only way to swing a deal, the trade is probably not worth it. But, if I’m the Dodgers, I am trying until the last second to complete this transaction.