Indians trade 2-time Cy Young victor Kluber to Rangers

Tanya Simon
December 15, 2019

The next notable move of the offseason happened Sunday as Cleveland agreed to trade Corey Kluber to the Texas Rangers, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported.

Corey Kluber's run as Cleveland's ace appears to be over.

Kluber won the Cy Young in 2014 and 2016, and is established as one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Kluber made just seven starts in 2019 due to a forearm issue that was followed by an oblique strain.

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But his future with the Indians grew more uncertain last season when the club managed to stay in the playoff chase until late September despite not having him after May 1.

The Indians picked up Kluber's $17.5 million contract option for the 2020 season on October 31.

Kluber is a former American League Cy Young award victor and will be heading to the Rangers to bolster their rotation. The baseball that ricocheted off Kluber's right arm. In 118 games for the Rangers previous year, he slashed.249/.325/.347 with four homers, 32 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases while accruing six defensive runs saved and a 2.2 ultimate zone rating in center field. In 35.2 innings, he posted a 2-3 record with a 5.80 ERA and 38 strikeouts.

Texas went 78-84, then missed out on a pair of free-agent targets at the recent winter meetings, watching star pitcher Gerrit Cole and slugger Anthony Rendon sign with other teams. As a result of the trade, his 2021 club option will be converted to a vesting option that will be triggered if he throws 160 innings and avoids the injured list next season, according to Cot's Contracts.

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