The Yankees may have another potential option on the horizon in their search to trade for starting pitching.
Two-time Cy Young winner and Indians ace Corey Kluber will have an MRI on his ulna bone later this week, according to cleveland.com. If it’s healed, Kluber could start throwing again soon and has a chance to return this season (he’s been out since May after a line drive broke his right forearm).
If the MRI checks out, it’s not clear when Kluber could be ready to pitch again. It’s also not clear if the Indians would want to trade him. Cleveland is well behind the Twins in the American League Central race, but it entered Wednesday in a three-way tie for the second A.L. wild card spot with the Rangers and Red Sox. The Indians have managed to stay afloat with three starting pitchers out – Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Mike Clevinger. So they may decide to keep the band together and make a run.
Kluber, if healthy, would be a strong option for the Yankees to pursue. He is under contract for two more seasons after this year, and that is something that is said to appeal to general manager Brian Cashman in any potential deal. The Indians’ Trevor Bauer – who would be a far more controversial addition for the Yankees – has also been floated as a potential trade candidate.
The Yankees are also expected to be in the mix for the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and, if he becomes available, the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. Bumgarner is a free agent after this season, but he would likely need to sign an extension with the Yankees in order to waive a targeted no-trade clause that includes the Bombers.
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