The Cleveland Indians traded the two-time Cy Young Award winner — and their unquestioned ace over the past six seasons — to the Rangers on Sunday, a blockbuster deal that could dramatically change both teams.
Indians president Chris Antonetti said he received calls from numerous teams with interest in Kluber. But the offer from Texas made the most sense for Cleveland because it included players who can have an immediate impact and “help us be a better team in 2020.”
But dealing the stoic and steady Kluber wasn’t easy.
Since the Indians acquired him in a 2010 trade with San Diego, he has blossomed into one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers. Kluber won his first Cy Young in 2014, when he went 18-9, and added No. 2 in 2017 after going 18-4 and leading the AL with a 2.25 ERA.
But his future with the money-conscious Indians grew more uncertain last season when the club managed…