Indians trade 2-time Cy Young victor Kluber to Rangers

The option becomes guaranteed if Kluber throws 160 innings in 2020 and is not on the injured list at the end of the season.

Clevinger is in the first year of being arbitration-eligible, which in addition to being younger than Kluber, also means he remains under team control for more years.

The Rangers are betting right-hander Corey Kluber still has plenty left in the tank after an injury-marred season, as they have reportedly agreed to a deal to acquire the two-time Cy Young victor from the Indians, according to multiple reports.

Despite the injuries this past season, there is no questioning Kluber's status as one of the elite pitchers of this generation. Kluber, if healthy, gives the Rangers a formidable rotation as they enter their new ballpark, and a legitimate chance to compete for the postseason in 2020.

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It's official: Corey Kluber is leaving the Cleveland Indians. Having already signed free agents Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles, the Rangers can run a top five of Minor, Lynn, Kluber, Gibson and Lyles, with Kolby Allard, Brock Burke and Ariel Jurado in reserve. DeShields is a plus defender in center, but owns a career 76 OPS+, including 72 last season, which ranked 201st out of 207 batters with at least 400 plate appearances.

The Rangers, meanwhile, are hoping that they acquired the Kluber that was one of the better pitchers in the American League from 2014 through 2018.

Cleveland, meanwhile, has to wonder if they held on to Kluber for a year too long.

That last part isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it introduces even more uncertainty into Kluber's 2019 projection. In fact, Caesars Sportsbook moved the Rangers' World Series odds from 100-1 to 40-1 following the trade.

  • Lawrence Cooper