Rangers Acquire Two-Time Cy Young Winner Corey Kluber From Indians

Matt Galatzan
December 15, 2019 - 11:23 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Per a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Texas Rangers have closed a deal to acquire two-time Cy Young Winning pitcher Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians.

Per Rosenthal, the Rangers will send outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and pitcher Emmanuel Clase to the Indians in exchange for Kluber, who will recieve a $1 Million assignment bonus due to his contract. Kluber is owed $17.5 Million in the 2020 season. 

After coming up short on the Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler chase, as well as missing out on star free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon, the Rangers needed to make a splash to salvage the offseason, and the acquisition of Kluber provides exactly that.

By adding Kluber alongside an already established pairing of Mike Minor and Lance Lynn, the Rangers will now have an extremely formidable top-three in their pitching rotation heading into next season. 

Kluber, who pitched in just seven games in 2019 due to various injuries, including a broken forearm and an oblique strain, has a career ERA of 3.16 and went 56-20 as a starter for Cleveland from 2016-2018. 

Kluber was named an all-star in each of those three seasons, as well as finishing in the top-three of the AL Cy Young chase in each of those seasons as well.

Kluber won the Cy Young in 2017 after going 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA, and a WHIP of .869. He also won the award in 2014 after going 18-9 in 34 starts.