While the Cleveland Indians are reported to potentially be listening to offers for superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, multiple executives maintain the club is showing more interest in seeing what it could get for ace Corey Kluber, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
The Indians continue to show a willingness to deal from their notable pitching depth. Earlier this winter, the club was reportedly shopping young, controllable starters, including Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, and Aaron Civale. Kluber's name also came up in trade rumors before Cleveland shipped Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline.
Kluber, 33, is under contract through 2021. He's due $17.5 million next year with an $18-million team option for the following season. The two-time Cy Young winner was held to 35 2/3 innings this past year as he suffered from a fractured right ulna. It marked the first time in six seasons that the right-hander failed to reach the 200-inning plateau. Since the beginning of 2014, he's authored a 2.94 ERA and 2.87 FIP over 167 starts.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Lindor is eligible for arbitration this year and - like Kluber - is set to hit free agency following the 2021 season. The four-time All-Star has hit .288/.347/.493 over his career, posting a .854 OPS with 32 home runs and 22 stolen bases last year.
The free-agent starting-pitching market has yet to develop, with Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg still representing two top options that could complicate any team's willingness to trade for Kluber. Meanwhile, the best shortstops available on the market are Didi Gregorius and Jose Iglesias.