Texas Rangers make major upgrade in landing Corey Kluber

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According to Major League Baseball reporter, the Indians will be getting outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and pitcher Emmanuel Chase. The Cleveland Indians reportedly had their ace on the trade block, with a myriad of possible destinations being discussed. He won the American League Cy Young award in 2014 and 2017. No money is being exchanged, and the Rangers will take on the remainder of Kluber's contract, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Kluber hit the injured list in early May after a line drive fractured his right elbow, and a potential return in August was cut off by an oblique injury. He finished last season with a 5.80 ERA in seven starts. His forearm injury snapped a run of five straight seasons with at least 200 innings pitched. The Rangers' signings of Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles added additional depth behind incumbent veterans Mike Minor and Lance Lynn. Overall, he posted an 83-45 record with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.016 WHiP, with 1228 strikeouts and just 223 walks over his 1091.1 innings. Yet, Kluber would have commanded a much larger return past year. As they move into their new stadium, the Rangers are expected to continue making moves, too. You can't go into 2020 expecting Cy Young-caliber Kluber, although this is far from a Felix Hernandez situation.

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The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that the Rangers have acquired starting pitcher Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase. If he is healthy, this trade will turn out to be a steal for Texas.

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