The New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms of a one-year contract with starting pitcher Corey Kluber. He is a former two-time Cy Young award winner who threw in a live session for scouts from various teams earlier this week.
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
After the live session, the Yankees were able to come to an agreement with Kluber. The contract is slated to be a one-year, $11 million deal pending a physical. He will join a starting rotation that is currently headed by Gerrit Cole and his groundbreaking contract.
The Yankees also agreed to terms on a six-year contract with infielder D.J. Lemahieu to get their offseason acquisitions in place as Spring Training gets closer and closer. The Yankees feel that Kluber can round out their rotation and opted to bring him in on a one-year deal.
Kluber has had some injury troubles that limited him to one inning during the 2020 season. In 2019, Kluber pitched in just 35.2 innings over seven starts for the Cleveland Indians before he was traded to the Texas Rangers.
In 2019, Kluber had a 5.80 ERA, a 1.65 WHIP, and struck out 38 opposing hitters. This is crazy to think about since the three seasons prior to 2019, Kluber was an all-star and in the Cy Young conversation each year, including when he won the award in 2017.