Rangers acquire 2-time Cy Young winner Kluber

The Cleveland Indians traded two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

The Rangers, who also received cash considerations, sent right-handed reliever Emmanuel Clase and outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. to the Indians.

Kluber, 33, is a three-time All-Star and two-time American League Cy Young winner (2014, 2017) with a 98-58 record, a 3.16 ERA and 1,461 strikeouts in nine seasons with the Indians.

The right-hander’s 2019 season ended after just seven starts when a line drive fractured his pitching arm on May 1 against the Miami Marlins. He finished 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA.


In October, the Indians picked up Kluber’s $17.5 million contract option for the 2020 season. Cleveland also has an $18 million team option for 2021, with a $1 million buyout.

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Clase, 21, made his major-league debut in August and compiled a 2-3 record with a 2.31 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings in 21 games.

DeShields, 27, batted .249 with four homers, 32 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 118 games for the Rangers in 2019.

A first-round pick (eighth overall) by the Houston Astros in 2010, DeShields was selected by the Rangers in the 2014 Rule 5 draft.

His career numbers, all with Texas, include a .246 average with 18 homers, 126 RBIs and 106 steals in 539 games.


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