The Cleveland Indians sent veteran right-handed pitcher Bert Blyleven to the Minnesota Twins yesterday as part of an arrangement that will bring three prospects to Cleveland, Indians officials said.
The Indians, who had been trying to trade Blyleven all summer but had been unable to clear him through the American League's waiver system, allowed the Twins' waiver claim on Blyleven, Indians spokesman Bob DiBiasio said.
In a separate deal, the Indians bought Minnesota left-handed pitcher Curt Wardle and two minor leaguers -- shortstop Jay Bell, currently with Visalia of the California League, and Jim Weaver of Toledo in the International League.
Bell will report to the Indians' Class AA Waterbury affiliate, and Weaver will go to Class AAA Maine. Wardle, 24, will report to the Indians, DiBiasio said.
Wardle is 1-3 with one save and a 5.51 ERA in 35 relief appearances this season for Minnesota. In 49 innings, he has struck out 47 and walked 28.
Byleven is 9-11, with a 3.26 ERA. He appeared in 23 games for the Indians this season and completed 15 of them, leading the AL in games completed. He also was leading the league with 129 strikeouts and was tied for the league lead with four shutouts. He was second in the league with 179 2/3 innings pitched.