The Yankees seemed to get their offseason started today. The team just signed Corey Kluber to a one-year deal worth $11 million. This comes immediately after the Yankees re-signed DJ LeMahieu. As a matter of fact, it’s been a busy day for the Yankees.
Kluber spent the 2020 season with the Texas Rangers however he only pitched to two batters before departing with an injury. This injury would sideline him for the remainder of the season. Right before the non-tender deadline passed the Rangers decided to pass on Kluber’s 18 million dollar option for next year making him a free agent. While it is unclear if the option was declined because of the injury or because of the lost revenue of the 2020 season I’m sure both had something to do with it.
Before his trade to Texas Kluber spent nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Those nine years saw him take home two Cy Young awards and three all-star selections. He was traded to Texas on December 17th, 2019 for outfielder Delino DeShields. and pitcher Emmanuel Clase.
This signing comes at a perfect time as the Yankees rotation is incredibly thin behind Gerrit Cole. Kluber gives the Yankees a dependable veteran who can also mentor the younger pitchers in the rotation. While Kluber does not have overpowering stuff he does bring pinpoint control to the table. He throws a heavy sinker that he pairs with a slurve. He also throws a cutter and changeup with a seldom-used 4-seam fastball. While on most nights Kluber isn’t going to dominate he is a very reliable starter that will do more than keep you in the game. This is an overall good signing for the Yankees who desperately needed pitching help.