Yankees Sign Corey Kluber to a Five-Year Deal
The New York Yankees have signed starting pitcher Corey Kluber to a five-year deal worth $90 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The contract includes a sixth-year vesting option that could bring the total value of the deal to $105 million.
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The New York Yankees have signed former Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber to a one-year deal, the team announced Sunday.
Kluber, 34, was released by the Texas Rangers on Friday after making just one start for them following his trade from the Indians in December. He went 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in four innings pitched against the Colorado Rockies.
A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Kluber was an All-Star in 2018 and finished fourth in voting for the AL Cy Young that year. He has a career record of 102-58 with a 3.16 ERA in 1,993 innings pitched.
Who is Corey Kluber?
Corey Kluber is an American professional baseball pitcher who currently plays for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Cleveland Indians.
Why the Yankees Signed Corey Kluber
The New York Yankees have signed former Cleveland Indians right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal, according to multiple reports.
Kluber, 34, was traded to the Texas Rangers last season after eight seasons with the Indians. He went 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA in seven starts with Texas before suffering a season-ending forearm fracture.
Kluber is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and was an All-Star in 2014 and 2017. He has a career record of 102-58 with a 3.16 ERA in 215 starts.
The Yankees are counting on Kluber to rebound from his injury-plagued 2019 season and bolster their rotation behind ace Gerrit Cole.
How Corey Kluber Fits into the Yankees Pitching Rotation
The Yankees have beefed up their pitching rotation with the addition of former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. Kluber, 34, was non-tendered by the Texas Rangers after he missed most of last season due to injury. He signed a one-year contract with the Yankees worth $11 million.
The Yankees now have six pitchers who could be considered starters: Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, James Paxton, J.A. Happ and Kluber. It’s unclear how the Yankees will use all these pitchers, but they will likely employ a six-man rotation at some point during the season to keep everyone fresh.
Kluber adds another dimension to the Yankees’ pitching staff. He is a workhorse who has pitched over 200 innings in five of his eight Major League seasons. He also has a track record of success in the postseason, with a 2.09 ERA in eight starts. Kluber will help solidify a pitching staff that was already one of the best in baseball last season.
What this Means for the Yankees and Their Fans
The New York Yankees have made a splash this offseason by signing free agent pitcher Corey Kluber to a one-year, $11 million deal.
This move adds even more firepower to an already loaded Yankees rotation that includes the likes of Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton.
With Kluber joining the fold, the Yankees now have one of the best rotations in all of baseball and they look primed to make another deep run in the postseason.
As for Kluber himself, he is coming off an injury-plagued 2019 season with the Cleveland Indians in which he appeared in just seven games. However, when healthy, Kluber is one of the best pitchers in baseball and he has two Cy Young Awards to his credit (2014, 2017).
At 34 years old, Kluber is certainly not the same pitcher he was during his prime years with the Indians. However, if he can stay healthy, he should be a solid middle-of-the-rotation option for the Yankees in 2020.