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Will Cleveland Indians Trade Corey Kluber to LA Angels for Mark Trumbo?

November 15th, 2013 at 8:20 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Indians are close to trading starting pitcher Corey Kluber to the Los Angeles Angels for first baseman Mark Trumbo, The Sports Fix reported yesterday.

Jerry “J-Rocc” Mires, the host of the Cleveland sports talk show, dropped the bombshell announcement on the show’s Facebook page, citing “a good source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.”

Kluber solidified the Indians rotation this summer when he came up from Triple-A Columbus and posted an 11-5 record and a 3.85 ERA for the Tribe.

Trumbo hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI in his third full season with the Angels.

Mires said his source told him that the Kluber-for-Trumbo deal could some through “as soon as Monday,” and that the teams are negotiating with minor-leaguers to include in the deal.

Alden Gonzalez, the Angels beat writer for MLB.com, said that no deal was in the works. On his Twitter, Gonzalez quoted Angels general manager (and former Tribe reliever) Jerry Dipoto as saying “If that’s the case, count me as the most shocked.”

Despite that denial, Mires stuck up for his source today on The Sports Fix and sounded confident that the deal would go through. Indians 101 has a segment on the show every Tuesday, so we may know by then if this deal goes through.

If it does, the Tribe will have shored up its biggest need in the offseason, power hitting, by dealing from its greatest strength, starting pitching. 

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