It was nice knowing ya. The 6’7 hefty lefty will be taking his CY Young and league leading strikeouts (123) to Milwaukee. In a move that was expected, but very disappointing the ace was traded to the Brewers who will send Matt LaPorta, Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson and the dreaded players to be named later. The belle of the ball in the trade is Matt LaPorta. He’s hitting .288/.402/.576 with 20 homers in Double-A, and could join the Indians before the end of the season. Jackson is a lefty reliever who has gone 1-5 with a 7.58 ERA at Triple-A, and has lost most of his top prospect shine over the past couple years. Bryson is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA at Class-A, but he has 73 strikeouts in 55 innings. The paper suggests the “player to be named later” could be third baseman Taylor Green.*
The move makes the Brewers a legitimate contender in the National League Central. It also marks the waving of the white flag for the underachieving Cleveland Indians (37-51). Sabathia and the Brewer’s current ace Ben Sheets will give the Brewers perhaps the best 1-2 punch of any team in the National League. The hard throwing duo will rival Arizona’s pair of Brandon Webb and Dan Haren.
Sabathia started off slow (0-4) for the tribe but has been the most dominating pitcher in the American league since then. His career record is 106-71 with a 3.83 in 237 Tribe starts. He has 1265 strikeouts in 237 starts. Sabathia could be the last piece to the puzzle for Milwaukee (49-39), which leads the National League wild card race. They are also on the heels of Chicago Cubs (53-36), sitting 3.5 games behind them in the Central.
source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel