Former Texas Rangers RHP Corey Kluber beginning to settle in with NYY
By David Esser
One of the most dominant pitchers in baseball over the last decade, Corey Kluber’s short stint with the Texas Rangers in 2020 ended up being an uneventful one. Traded in exchange for Delino DeShields Jr. and Emmanuel Class, Kluber pitched just one inning before suffering a season ending injury.
The 2x Cy Young winner was diagnosed with a torn teres major muscle, promptly ending his Rangers career.
While Texas did kick the tires a bit in regards to re-signing Kluber this past offseason, the 35 year old starter ended up receiving a healthy amount of interest from some of the league’s bigger teams, promptly pricing the Rangers out of a reunion.
Kluber ended up signing a rather lucrative one-year/$11 million deal with the New York Yankees, as the American League powerhouse was somewhat desperate for starting pitching depth following yet another failed postseason run.
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While Kluber struggled during his first five starts as a member of the Yankees, his most recent outing against the Detroit Tigers was one that had people seeing flashbacks of his previous Cy Young award winning self. Kluber went 8.0 scoreless innings, striking out 10 while allowing just two measly hits.
Considering how much the Yanks spent on Kluber and his services, I’m sure they’d like to see that type of action continue.
Former Texas Rangers RHP Corey Kluber had himself an elite outing on Sunday.
Kluber’s tenure in Texas was a lackluster one, but the Rangers probably aren’t all that concerned about it these days. They’ve gotten surprisingly solid production from their rotation this season, with Kyle Gibson and his 2.16 ERA leading the charge.
While I’m sure the Rangers would have liked to get a handful of solid starts out of Kluber last season (likely so they could flip him for prospects), this is more so a situation where you just tip your cap to a veteran player who’s overcome some injuries late in his career to continue playing at a high level.
No hard feelings from the Rangers’ side of things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯