ESPN reported this weekend that CC Sabathia is on the move. The Brewers and the Indians have agreed in principle to a deal that would send last years AL Cy Young award winner to the Brew Crew.
The Brewers and the Cleveland Indians agreed in principle to a deal for the reigning AL Cy Young on Sunday, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney. The deal is contingent on paperwork being finished.
Cleveland would get minor league outfielder Matt LaPorta, who is hitting .288 with 20 homers and 66 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Huntsville, and others. The other players do not include top prospects Alcides Escobar or Mat Gamel, according to the Journal Sentinel.
A source told ESPN Insider Keith Law the deal does include pitcher Rob Bryson, who is 3-2 with 4.25 ERA this season with low-A affiliate West Virginia. Pitcher Zach Jackson, from Triple-A affiliate Nashville, and a fourth player to be named later round out the package, according to the Journal Sentinel.
This is all but done and they’ve said that it will be officially announced today so we will see. This deal will completely change the look of NL Central.
Right now the Brewers are 3.5 games behind the Cubs in the central but the addition of an ace like Sabathia will make them much stronger contenders. With Ben Sheets and CC Sabathia as their 1-2 punch, this will be a very dangerous team, especially if they are able to reach the postseason. They have’t made the playoffs since 1982 so it is long overdo for them to make a postseason run.
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