Reports are surfacing that Corey Kluber and the New York Yankees have finalized a deal that will bring the two-time Cy Young winner to the Bronx. The deal is expected to be a 1 year, $11 million contract. This will be Corey Kluber’s third team in three years.
Right-hander Corey Kluber and the New York Yankees are finalizing a deal that will bring the two-time AL Cy Young winner to the Bronx, pending a physical, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 16, 2021
Kluber, who turns 35 in April, has been dealing with injuries since the end of his 2018 season. He had missed most of his final season with the Cleveland Indians in 2019 due to a broken arm and an oblique injury. Following the end of that 2019 season, Kluber was dealt to the Texas Rangers. After only one appearance, Kluber suffered a right shoulder strain and was out for the rest of the season. Overall, Kluber has only pitched 36 innings over the last two seasons.
Although Kluber has not been healthy recently, this news should help out the New York Yankees tremendously. With Gerrit Cole still on the roster, Kluber will slide right into the number two rotation for pitchers. The Yankees will also have Luis Serverino, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, back for this season. The Yankees starters were ranked 5th in the AL last season with a 4.24 ERA. New York was knocked out of the playoffs last year in the Divisional Series by the Tampa Bay Rays. In the first three games of that series, the Yankees gave up a combined 18 runs. With the new acquisition of Corey Kluber, Serverino coming back from injury, and the big bats off Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees are definitely looking to make a deep postseason run.