MLB Trade Rumors: Corey Kluber is being acquired by the Texas Rangers from the Cleveland Indians, per multiple reports. Kluber, who turns 34 in April, is a two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, in 2014 and 2017, and finished 3rd in the balloting in 2016 and 2018. He missed most of last season due to injuries, is due $17.5 million in 2020, and has an $18 million team option for 2021.
No word yet on what the Rangers are giving up in this deal, but I would assume it would be at least one of the Rangers young crop of starting pitchers, which features Joe Palumbo, Kolby Allard and Brock Burke. This is obviously a developing story and we will provide more information as it is available.
UPDATE — Per Levi Weaver on Twitter, righthanded relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase appears to be going to the Indians. Clase, 21, burst on the scene in 2018 by dominating the Northwest League after being acquired from the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later in the Brett Nicholas deal. After starting 2019 in high-A Down East, he moved up quickly to AA Frisco, then the majors. He had a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 IP for the Rangers, and sits at 100 mph with wicked natural cutting action.
UPDATE II — Ken Rosenthal says Clase and Delino DeShields are going to the Indians. That would open up a 40 man roster spot, since both Clase and DeShields are on the 40 man currently, and Kluber would be added.
UPDATE III — Cleveland beat guy Zack Meisel says it is DeShields and Clase for Kluber, no cash involved.
If so, this is an absolute heist for the Rangers.
UPDATE IV — The deal is official. Kluber and cash considerations for Clase and DeShields.