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The Cleveland Indians announced they were open to fielding offers for Corey Kluber on Friday, and now it's open season on one of the best pitchers in baseball. While the Indians' farm system could certainly use many upgrades, there are more than a few teams that will be lining up around the block for his services.
Let's take a look at five teams that should go all-in on getting Kluber.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Dodgers just inked Clayton Kershaw to a three-year deal worth $93 million with incentives, so adding a top-of-the-line starter like Kluber would give them a ferocious one-two punch at the top of their rotation. Kluber's presence would also help take the strain on their bullpen as he's known for eating up innings. Plus, the emergence of starter Walker Buehler would make this rotation an absolute nightmare for opposing teams.
4. Los Angeles Angels
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It's a damn shame that Mike Trout has never won a postseason game, but if Kluber comes to town, we could be looking at quite a different narrative for Trout and the Angels next season. The Angels are, unfortunately, in a loaded American League West, but potentially adding Kluber and another arm would put them right into contention with the other elite teams in that division.
3. Atlanta Braves
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The Braves rebuild moved at the speed light, and now Atlanta is loaded with young talent across their roster. But starting pitching was an obvious weakness in the 2018 season. Not to mention, the Braves' farm system is absolutely loaded with talent. Kluber could very likely switch leagues and would dominate the NL next season.
2. Chicago Cubs
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Chicago whiffed big time on the Yu Darvish signing last offseason and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he would be "overly aggressive" once again this offseason. The Cubs have disappointed the Wrigley Field faithful in each of these last two seasons since winning the 2016 World Series, and trading for Kluber would certainly be a quick step back in the right direction.
1. New York Yankees
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The Yankees will be active in free agency, and they've also got some interesting trade pieces to offer in a Kluber trade. After losing to the rival Boston Red Sox in the 2018 postseason, wholesale changes are in order and their starting rotation is in the greatest need of improvement. There's no doubt the Yanks will be interested here, but the Indians may not want to deal Kluber to a team they could potentially face in the postseason.
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