A gentleman's agreement permitted the Indians to acquire Michael Brantley six years ago. The handshake arrangement -- and a dash of luck -- prevented Cleveland from completely whiffing in the trade that sent Cy Young Award-winning pitcher CC Sabathia to Milwaukee in 2008. Matt LaPorta signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this spring, but was released. He went on to play 32 games for the Piratas de Campeche of the Mexican League. Zach Jackson has appeared in 29 games this season for the Nationals' minor league affiliates, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. Rob Bryson last pitched in 2013, when he posted a 9.53 ERA between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Brantley is the last man standing. He's standing tall. The Brewers were 49-39 when they dealt LaPorta, Jackson, Bryson and a player to be named later to Cleveland for Sabathia. The burly left-hander compiled an 11-2 record and 1.65 ERA in 17 regular-season starts for Milwaukee. He pitched on short rest several times in an attempt to spur the Brewers toward the postseason. Milwaukee captured the National League Wild Card, but lost to the Phillies in the NL Division Series in four games. Sabathia signed with the Yankees that winter. A stipulation in the trade, however, allowed the Indians to select the fourth entity if the Brewers qualified for the playoffs. Had Milwaukee fallen short, the Brewers would have chosen the final player involved in the deal.
How Michael Brantley made the Indians winners of the CC Sabathia trade
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jul 9