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REPORT: Cleveland Indians will listen to trade offers for Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, others

Reportedly, the Cleveland Indians will listen to trade offers for their veteran players, including pitchers Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, as well as designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and catcher Yan Gomes.
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Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber (28) winds up to deliver a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians are open to doing business in the offseason.

After it was reported that the Indians are not expected to tender qualifying offers to outfielder Michael Brantley, as well as relief pitchers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the front office will listen to trade offers on several players.

“Faced with market constraints, the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter, according to sources,” Olney posted. “Kluber, Carrasco, Encarnacion, Gomes, etc. Lindor, Ramirez will definitely be held.”

Here is a look at the veteran players mentioned in Olney’s report:


In his 33 starts this season, Corey Kluber (20-7) registered 222 strikeouts against 34 walks, 179 hits and 69 earned runs allowed over 215.0 innings of work while anchoring a pitching staff that led the way to the Indians’ third consecutive AL Central Division Championship.

This past season, opposing batters hit just .223 against Kluber, who is one of four Indians up for Gold Glove Awards.

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Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber (28) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, Kluber won four games in three different months this season, starting with an 8-1 slate through April and May. Additionally, Kluber posted a 4-1 record over his six August starts.

Kluber is 96-55 with a 3.09 ERA in 201 games over eight seasons with the Indians.

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Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on August 1, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Carlos Carrasco posted a 17-10 record with a 3.38 ERA in 32 appearances, including 30 starts, for the Indians during the 2018 season. Over 192.0 innings of work, Carrasco surrendered 173 hits, 78 runs, 72 of which were earned, and 43 walks but registered 231 strikeouts.

One of four Indians pitchers with 200 strikeouts in 2018, Carrasco is 79-62 with a 3.71 ERA in 207 games, including 171 starts. Over 1,094.1 innings of work, Carrasco registered 1,127 strikeouts.

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Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.


After signing with the Indians two years ago because he felt they were on the way to a World Series Championship, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion posted a .246 batting average with .336 on-base, .474 slugging and .810 on-base-plus-slugging percentages with 123 hits, 74 runs scored, 107 RBI and 32 home runs.

In his first two seasons with the Indians, Encarnacion scored 170 runs, collected 266 hits, smashed 36 doubles, drove in 214 runs and slugged 70 home runs.

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Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (7) hits a two-run single in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field in Cleveland.


In 948.2 innings over 112 games, catcher Yan Gomes had a .991 fielding percentage with 994 putouts, 49 assists and nine errors in 1,052 total chances. Gomes was a part of six double-play combinations and threw out 20 would-be base-stealers.

Gomes had only six passed balls in nearly 950 innings of work behind the plate for the Indians, who had two rookies emerge as starters and a late-year injury to Trevor Bauer during the 2018 season.

Additionally, Gomes hit .266 with 52 runs scored, 26 doubles, 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 2018.

In six years with the Indians, Gomes hit .250 with 261 runs scored, 295 RBI, 117 doubles, six triples and 83 home runs.

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