The Los Angeles Dodgers' pitching wasn't good enough in their 2018 World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox, and it appears L.A. is looking to upgrade its rotation by possibly making a trade with the Cleveland Indians.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported the latest details on a potential Dodgers-Indians trade, one that likely would include one of Cleveland's talented starters: Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer or Carlos Carrasco.
Sources: #Dodgers and #Indians trade talks remain ongoing this week, as @Ken_Rosenthal first reported. If a deal is reached, a Cleveland starter — Kluber, Carrasco or Bauer — likely would go to L.A. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 29, 2018
Clayton Kershaw's regular-season stats are historic, but his playoff resumé is spotty, at best. The Dodgers ace gave up nine earned runs over three appearances in the 2017 World Series, and he pitched poorly in a World Series-clinching loss to the Red Sox in October. Kershaw, in fact, went 0-2 with nine earned runs allowed in two starts during the 2018 Fall Classic.
Acquiring another top-of-the-rotation ace to alleviate some of the pressure on Kershaw would be an ideal offseason move for the Dodgers. Kluber is a two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, Bauer is coming off the best season of his career and Carrasco is signed through 2019 at a very team-friendly salary. Any of these three pitchers would be a sizable upgrade for Los Angeles' roster.
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