MLB Rumors: Indians Unlikely To Trade Corey Kluber This Offseason
This week, pitchers and catchers are set to report to spring training as teams get down to the business of setting their rosters for the upcoming season.
The business of free agency is still going, as dozens of players are waiting for teams to call in hopes of securing a deal to play in 2019.
Two of the most coveted free agents continue to be Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
Harper has a new suitor in the San Francisco Giants, who met with the slugging outfielder last week. Machado is sought after by several teams including the Chicago White Sox, who reportedly offered the All-Star a lucrative deal worth more than $250 million.
Here are all the latest rumors and news around baseball:
• While the Indians are unlikely to deal pitcher Corey Kluber before the season, Cleveland isn't aggressively pursuing outfield help either. (Jon Paul Morosi, MLB.com)
• The Giants prefer a short-term deal for Bryce Harper. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
• The Blue Jays offered Sergio Romo a major-league contract. (Jon Morosi, MLB.com)
• The Mariners have made their intention known of trading Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion was traded to the Mariners in December in a three-team deal involving the Indians and Tampa Bay Rays. (Ryan Divish, Seattle Times)
• SP Zach Duke signed with the Reds on a one-year deal. (Mark Sheldon, MLB.com)
• The Royals have interest in pitcher Drew Storen. Storen missed the entire 2018 season after having Tommy John surgery. (Jayson Stark, The Athletic)
• The Indians are waiting on the arbitration case verdict for pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer filed for $13 million, and the Indians countered at $11 million. (Paul Hoynes, Cleveland.com)
• The Pittsburgh Pirates signed veteran outfielder to a minor-league deal. Cabrera’s deal is guaranteed for $1.15 million if he makes the team. (Jeff Passan, ESPN.com)