Today in Tribe History: December 16, 1999
Bob Toth | On 16, Dec 2014
The Indians come terms with free agent pitcher Chuck Finley on a three-year deal worth a reported $26 million.
The 37-year-old Finley, a former first round draft pick of the California Angels, was a highly sought after player for the Indians at the trade deadline, but the club was unable to pry him away from Anaheim at the time. He would end a long run of right-handed dominance in the Indians’ starting rotation, which had been devoid of a regular southpaw since Greg Swindell in 1991.
Finley had spent his first 14 seasons with the Angels, winning as many as 18 games in 1990 and 1991 while striking out 200 batters or more in each of the last two seasons.
He would become an All-Star for the fourth time in his career in 2000 with Cleveland, finishing the season 16-11 with a 4.17 ERA. He would appear in just 22 starts in 2001 and the next season, after a disappointing 4-11 start to his season, would be dealt to St. Louis.