Roundtable reaction: The Indians send Corey Kluber to Texas for DeShields, Clase

Roundtable reaction: The Indians send Corey Kluber to Texas for DeShields, Clase

He drew strong interest from a handful of clubs on the trade market, with the Angels, Dodgers and Padres reportedly involved before the deal was finalized with Texas. Yet, perhaps due to the Indians asking price, or his injury in 2019, Kluber remained in Cleveland.

After 12 seasons covering the Rangers for the Star-Telegram, Jeff Wilson knows that baseball is a 24/7/365 business and there is far more to baseball than just the 162 games each season.

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 struck out more than 200 in each of those seasons as well. You can't go into 2020 expecting Cy Young-caliber Kluber, although this is far from a Felix Hernandez situation. He won the Cy Young in 2014 and 2017.

Cleveland, meanwhile, has to wonder if they held on to Kluber for a year too long.

As it stands, the return is somewhat underwhelming.

That last part isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it introduces even more uncertainty into Kluber's 2019 projection. Having already signed free agents Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles, the Rangers can run a top five of Minor, Lynn, Kluber, Gibson and Lyles, with Kolby Allard, Brock Burke and Ariel Jurado in reserve.

As the Rangers prepare to move into shiny new Globe Life Field for 2020, the offseason priority was to improve and stabilize the starting rotation.

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire starter Corey Kluber from Cleveland, according to a report by Jon Heyman of The MLB Network. If he is healthy, this trade will turn out to be a steal for Texas.

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