The Colorado Rockies front office should be busy this offseason as the team has plenty of things that they can/should upgrade before the offseason is complete. However, one of the team’s strengths and, perhaps, their biggest strength is their starting rotation. But could they look to strengthen it even more?
The Cleveland Indians have a strong hold on the American League Central, which is by far the weakest division in Major League Baseball entering the 2018 offseason. Quite frankly, the Indians weren’t even running on their full potential in 2018 either and they still won 91 games, due in part to going 39-18 against the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago White Sox. All three of those teams are in the Indians division and all three lost 98 or more games in 2018.
Even the Minnesota Twins, who finished in 2nd place with 78 wins, took a huge step back and, honestly, they aren’t remotely near contention in 2019.
With that, the Cleveland Indians are in the enviable position where they can afford to pare down some of their major league roster and contracts on the books and still win the division and, therefore, face the crapshoot that is the playoffs.
If they do decide to do that, one of the player’s that they could look to trade is their ace, Corey Kluber. Kluber is a finalist in the American League Cy Young Award. In 2018, he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA in 215 innings (33 starts).
So, from the Rockies’ perspective, let’s look at the pros and cons of acquiring Corey Kluber from the Indians.