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Sources: Padres in trade talks for Kluber

December 26, 2018

The Dodgers have been linked to Corey Kluber in trade talks as much as any other suitor this offseason. But another National League West club has emerged as a strong contender to land Cleveland's two-time Cy Young Award winner.The Padres and Indians are engaged in discussions about a trade that

The Dodgers have been linked to Corey Kluber in trade talks as much as any other suitor this offseason. But another National League West club has emerged as a strong contender to land Cleveland's two-time Cy Young Award winner.
The Padres and Indians are engaged in discussions about a trade that would send Kluber to San Diego, sources told MLB.com, although one person with knowledge of the talks does not believe the Padres have eclipsed the Dodgers as favorites to land Kluber -- yet.
The Padres can offer what the Indians may need to justify moving Kluber: Major League talent. One source said Cleveland's return in the deal could include one or more from a group of three young Major Leaguers: outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe and catcher Austin Hedges.
Cleveland likely would obtain at least one prospect as well, although shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and lefty MacKenzie Gore (San Diego's top two prospects) are not expected to be involved in a Kluber deal.
The Indians and Padres have a good working relationship, which led to Cleveland's acquisition of relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber in July.
The Padres also have spoken with the Blue Jays about trading for Marcus Stroman, but it appears there's more momentum in San Diego's talks involving Kluber.
Kluber, 32, was originally selected by the Padres in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Stetson University. He was sent to Cleveland on July 31, 2010, in a three-team trade with the Cardinals and Indians that brought outfielder Ryan Ludwick to San Diego.
In addition to the Padres and Dodgers, the Phillies, Brewers and Reds are showing continued interest in Kluber, sources say.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network.