The Indians have agreed to send left-hander and reigning AL Cy Young winner C.C. Sabathia to the Brewers for a four-player package that is highlighted by Double-A first baseman/outfielder Matt LaPorta. Also headed to the Indians are two minor league pitchers, left-hander Zach Jackson and right-hander Rob Bryson, and a player to be named, likely to be minor league third baseman Taylor Green. The deal is expected to be announced Monday.
Sabathia, 27, is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA this season in 18 starts and is eligible for free agency after this season. He is expected to make his Brewers’ debut Tuesday night by starting against the Rockies at Miller Park.
LaPorta, 23, is hitting .288 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI in 84 games with Double-A Huntsville in the Southern League to go with a .402 OBP and .576 SLG.
Jackson, 25, has been converted from a starter to a reliever this season and was 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two games with the Brewers and is 1-5 with a 7.85 ERA in 22 games (and six starts) for Triple-A Nashville, where he has averaged 5.3 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings while posting a 1.73 WHIP.
Bryson, 20, is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 games, five stars, with Low-A West Virginia, striking out 11.9 and walking 3.3 per nine innings with a 1.15 WHIP.
Green is playing at High-A Brevard County, and the Indians want to see if he can make the transition from third base to second before agreeing to take him as the player to be named. The 21-year-old left-handed hitter is batting .298 with 10 homers and 54 RBI in 80 games with a .382 OBP and .448 SLG.