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Using a 27th round pick from last June’s draft, the Cleveland Indians purchased a lottery ticket for their thinned out bullpen on Monday in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Indians announced the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Chih-Wei Hu from the Rays in exchange for first-year pro Gionti Turner, who spent last summer playing for Cleveland’s Arizona League club in Goodyear.
The Cleveland Indians acquire future Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner from the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later for an earlier trade involving minor league pitcher Sam Jones. Indians minor league outfielder Gale Wade will be sent to Chicago in two weeks to complete the deal.
The Cleveland Indians completed a trade on Wednesday, but you can exhale if you were worried about one of your favorite starting pitchers being dealt away – at least for now…
The Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates paired up on a five-player swap, with Cleveland sending utility man Erik Gonzalez and two minor league prospects to Pittsburgh for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.
Shane Bieber did not place in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, nor did Greg Allen, Adam Plutko, or Adam Cimber, as the Cleveland Indians’ long drought without a winner extends back to 1990, despite several high quality candidates over the last three decades. Former Tribe prospect Joey Wendle, traded to Oakland in the Brandon Moss trade in December of 2014, did earn a fourth-place share of this year’s award with 17 vote points.
It was no surprise that the Indians’ 23-year-old right-handed starting pitcher Bieber did not fit into the mix in a season that saw winner Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels wow with 22 homers and a .285 batting average while also going 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in ten starts before being shut down from his rotation work with right elbow issues. New York Yankees wunderkinder Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres finished second and third, respectively.
Starting pitcher Cliff Lee takes home the American League Cy Young Award after his 22-3 season for the Indians during the regular season. Cleveland is now home to back-to-back Cy Young winners after ending a drought dating back to 1972 with CC Sabathia‘s win in 2007.