Sabathia deal finalized
The Indians will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. ET today to announce the Sabathia trade.
Sabathia, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, is headed to a Milwaukee team looking to make a playoff push, while the last-place Indians will receive a batch of Minor Leaguers -- outfielder/first baseman Matt LaPorta, right-hander Rob Bryson, left-hander Zach Jackson and a player to be named -- they hope will help them retool for the future.
It is believed the player to be named will either be Class A third baseman Taylor Green or Double-A outfielder Michael Brantley, both of whom are considered prime prospects.
LaPorta is the key to the deal, from the Indians' perspective. Bryson is only 20 years old. He's a power relief arm, so he's intriguing. Jackson is a throw-in simply to provide depth on a thin Buffalo pitching staff.
We'll have a slew of stuff on the site as the day progresses.
UPDATE (2:22 p.m. ET): Shapiro confirmed that the Indians are choosing between two players for the PTBN, and they have until the end of the Minor League season to do so. He said the PTBN is indeed a key part of the deal.
The agent for Brantley and Green posted in a blog that Brantley is not part of this deal in any way, shape or form. If that's true, it's a shame for the Indians, because Brantley is a pretty highly touted prospect. Green, who could be part of the deal, is not as high on the totem pole.