Teams interested in acquiring Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer surely hoped the new year would bring a different approach from the Indians in considering offers for their All-Star starting pitchers.
Instead, sources say the asking price for Kluber or Bauer is the same in 2019 that it was in the final weeks of '18.
Sources said on Sunday that the Indians have yet to move off their insistence on a Chris Sale-level return in any trade for Kluber or Bauer.
Kluber's agent, B.B. Abbott, told MLB Network Radio last week that he believes the closer Kluber is to reporting to Spring Training with the Indians, the less likely a trade becomes.