The Brewers are extremely close to a deal to acquire Indians ace C.C. Sabathia in a trade that bolsters their rotation for a playoff push, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
The person requested anonymity because the trade has not been finalized and said there were a few remaining issues to work out.
Sabathia went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA to win the AL Cy Young last season and gives the Brewers another power pitcher to pair with Ben Sheets.
The big lefty is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA for the Indians, but has also been plagued with a lack of run support. In nine of his 18 starts, Cleveland has scored two runs or less for him.
To get Sabathia, Milwaukee will have to give up top prospect Matt LaPorta.