One of the biggest offseason dominoes this year in Major League Baseball fell as the Texas Rangers agreed to acquire starting pitcher Corey Kluber in a blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Indians.
Kluber, a two-time AL Cy Young winner during his tenure with Cleveland, will head to the AL West in exchange for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and minor league pitcher Emmanuel Clase.
The Rangers, who missed out in the sweepstakes for some big free agent names such as Anthony Rendon last week, made a trade that brings one of baseball’s most accomplished pitchers to their rotation for at least the next couple of years.
Kluber, a three-time All Star selection, missed the majority of the 2019 season with a pair of major injuries. First, the Alabama native suffered a broken arm on May 1st after being hit with a line drive, and then shortly after he returned, he was shelved for the rest of the season with an oblique injury.
The Rangers are betting on Kluber getting back to good health and returning to the form that saw him be one of the game’s most dominant arms throughout several years.
Kluber is expected to report healthy to Texas’s Spring Training facility in February to get started with his new club.