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N&N: The Corey Kluber trade

Morning news and notes for Monday, December 16, 2019

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Tribe News

Indians trade Corey Kluber to Rangers for big bullpen arm, CF |

Emmanuel Clase and Delino Deshields are the return for the Indians’ former ace.

Indians add hard-throwing reliever in Emmanuel Clase to boost bullpen |

From Joe Noga:

Clase (pronounced Class-A) was ranked the No. 30 prospect in the Rangers’ organization by MLB Pipeline, but made his big league debut during the 2019 season and appeared in 21 games for Texas, striking out 21 batters in 23 1/3 innings with a 2.31 ERA.

Cleveland expects Clase to be a weapon late in games during the 2020 season, according to president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti.

“There aren’t that many guys that average 100 mph with their fastball and not only have the great velocity but also have the great life to it with the cut he has to his fastball,” Antonetti said.

Clase will immediately add power to the Tribe’s soft-tossing bullpen. In 2019 the Indians averaged 90.8 mph in fastball velocity according to Statcast, while Clase averaged 99.2 mph. He threw 238 pitches at 98 mph or faster, while Indians pitchers tossed a total of 12. Antonetti hopes Clase will be a good fit in Cleveland and help provide a different look from the arms already in place.

After Kluber trade, what does Tribe do next? |

Spend that $17.5 million of “resources’ they just saved?!?

How does the arrival of Delino DeShields Jr. impact Oscar Mercado |

DeShields is a very good defensive CF, but he’s struggled mightily with that kinda-important thing called hitting. Unfortunately, you can’t steal first base.

The Corey Kluber trade is a catastrophe for Cleveland fans |The Ringer

From Zach Kram:

That Cleveland seemed eager to move on from its ace reflects, far more than excitement about Clase or concern about Kluber’s mid-30s, a desire to move on from his salary—a darkly ironic consideration, given that in his elite stretch from 2014 through 2018, pitching on an owner-friendly extension, Kluber made just $24.8 million total.

In 2020, Kluber will earn $17.5 million, and now that he’s been traded, his ensuing option means he will earn $18 million in 2021 if he throws at least 160 innings next season and doesn’t finish the year on the IL. But if Kluber is healthy next season, he’ll almost surely be good again, so the Rangers would likely be thrilled to secure his services for another year at a reasonable price.

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