By: Ben Scheffer contributing writer for telegraph local
The Cleveland Indians have dealt their two time Cy Young award winning ace Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers. In return for their star pitcher the Indians have received outfielder Delino DeShields, and a promising pitching prospect named Emmanuel Clase.
The Tribe hopes their new pitcher will one day prove to be just as good as Kluber, who spent six seasons with the organization and helped guide his team to an American League Pennant in 2016 after defeating the Red Sox and Blue Jays in the postseason before falling to the Chicago Cubs in game seven of the World Series. Kluber started in games one, five and seven where he won two games and recorded a no decision with 16 innings pitched and surrendered five runs on the 15 hits while posting a 3.14 ERA. Had the Indians came back to win game seven Kluber would have been a candidate for World Series MVP.
Indians team president Chirs Antonetti said that he had received multiple offers from teams who wanted the proven 33 year-old ace, at the end of the day he felt moving Kluber to Texas was the best bet for the organization knowing that the deal would include players that would have an immediate impact on the team so they could improve heading into 2020. The Indians will try to re-claim the AL Central after finishing behind the 101 win Minnesota Twins by eight games in the division, and three games back of the second wild card to end the 2019 season.
Kluber has proven to be one of the most trusted aces in all of baseball. Since being acquired from the Padres in 2010 he won his first Cy Young in 2014 when he went 18-9. Three years later in 2017 he won his second Cy Young where Kluber recorded an 18-4 record and led the American League with an ERA of 2.25.
Kluber had a rough 2019 season where he broke his right forearm after being hit with a line drive in a game against the Miami Marlins and never made it back. Despite the injuries Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that the injuries didn’t give them pause and believes that the time off that he had will help him going into 2020. After three consecutive losing seasons that followed back to back AL West division titles in 2015 and 2016 the Rangers look to get their team back on track with the star right-hander who went 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA in nine seasons with the Indians. Kluber is not the only star pitcher to be dealt by the Indians in recent history as the club did the same to C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee.
The Indians may also be looking to deal star shortstop Francisco Lindor who they have under contract until 2021. Lindor has turned down multiple contract offers in the past. The Indians know they could easily lose him in free agency and many people think it’s best to trade him now and hope for a good return. Antonetti has stated that he expects Lindor to be with the team in 2020.
The Rangers have also been making improvements to their rotation as they have brought back left-hander Mike Minor and right hander Lance Lynn who both combined for 30 wins last season. The three pitchers will all be playing in a brand new ballpark as the Rangers try to make it back to the postseason for the first time in 4 season.