New York Mets: Is Corey Kluber their next target?

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 6: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians receives his 2017 Cy Young award prior to the game against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on April 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Royals 3-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 6: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians receives his 2017 Cy Young award prior to the game against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on April 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Royals 3-2. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Corey Kluber /
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After acquiring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, the New York Mets have their sights on Corey Kluber

New New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has certainly wasted no time since being named GM. He’s added to the front office and Jim Riggleman to the field staff. The Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz deal is all but done. The remodel of the club continues. Now, it appears he’s going big game hunting for a starting pitcher.

Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom as a 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation would really be fun for the NL East right?

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Kluber is under contract for $17 million this coming season with options at $17.5 and $18 million for 2020 and 2021.

Does this mean the New York Mets really do plan on trading Noah Syndergaard for other pieces than turning around and trading for Kluber? Kluber comes with more cost certainty, as Syndergaard is arbitration eligible through the 2022 season. Syndergaard has some injury history, but is also 6 years younger than Kluber at a time when the game is revolving more around younger players.

I’m sure the Kluber/Callaway connection is one reason why the New York Mets would have interest in Kluber.

Van Wagenen is certainly trying to find creative ways to improve the New York Mets roster. I wouldn’t have thought Kluber would even be in the discussion for them. The problem is that teams with deeper farm systems could swoop right in and swing a deal for Kluber. The New York Mets already used two of their top minor league chips in the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade. Peter Alonso is on track to be their first baseman. Would they throw out their top prospect, Andres Gimenez in a deal?

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Time will tell, but I don’t see Corey Kluber in a New York Mets jersey in 2019.