Report: Padres pursuing Kluber primarily to flip him

The Score

If the San Diego Padres are successful in their pursuit of Cleveland Indians ace right-hander Corey Kluber, the union may be brief.

The Padres, who remain in contact with the Indians about Kluber's availability, are looking to flip the three-time All-Star or engage in a three-team trade to improve their situation at third base, sources tell Dennis Lin of The Athletic.

This scenario includes the Cincinnati Reds, a team also linked to Kluber this offseason, Lin adds, though the Reds don't appear open to moving touted prospect and likely Padres target Nick Senzel in any deal.

So far, no deal is close; the Padres haven't found an appropriate trade partner for Kluber should an initial swap be agreed upon.

#baseball, #professional

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