With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, we could see a major player come to the Dodgers soon. The biggest rumor this offseason for Los Angeles has been centered around Cleveland’s starting pitchers, specifically Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber. So if the Dodgers are willing to pay up, which one should they go after?
Let’s start with Kluber, the 2-time Cy Young award winner. He is the older of the two, being 32 years old. Last season, he went 20-7 with a solid 2.89 ERA. He also had 222 strikeouts in 215 innings pitched. More importantly, he’s finished among the top 10 in AL Cy Young award balloting in each of the past 5 seasons.
Bauer on the other hand, is just 27 years old, and while he doesn’t have the track record of Kluber, he had a breakout season in 2018, and has room to grow with his young age. In 175 innings pitched last season, he had an incredible 221 punchouts and posted a 12-6 record with a 2.21 ERA. He’s also familiar in the California atmosphere, having come from UCLA.
So if the Dodgers were to acquire one of them, who would you rather have?