Texas Rangers Pull Off Trade For 2-Time Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber
After missing out on the Anthony Rendon sweepstakes, many Texas Rangers fans were left wondering what could be next for the Rangers.
On Sunday afternoon, they didn't have to wait any longer as the Rangers pulled off a trade for a former two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Kluber missed almost all of the 2019 season with a broken forearm and a strained oblique. In 7 games last season he tallied a 2-3 record with a 5.80 ERA in only 35.2 innings of work. When Kluber is healthy he is one of the best pitchers in baseball, as evident by his 2 Cy Young Awards.
Going to the Indians in the trade for Kluber are centerfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and right-handed relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase.
In his 5 years for the Texas Rangers, Delino DeShields Jr. hit .246 with 18 homeruns, 126 RBI and stole over 100 bases for the Rangers.
Emmanuel Clase made his MLB debut last season with the Rangers at only 21 years old. He finished the 2019 with a 2-3 record and a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched also picking up 1 save in his debut year.
If the season started today the Texas Rangers would have a starting rotation consisting of: Corey Kluber (20-7 in 2018), Mike Minor (14-10), Lance Lynn (16-11), Kyle Gibson (13-7), and Jordan Lyles (12-8). That alone might be enough to stay in contention this season in the American League West.