Just days after holding a showcase for interested teams, two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber has found a new home.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Kluber will join the New York Yankees, assuming he passes his physical. RADIO.COM MLB Insider Jon Heyman says that Kluber will earn between $10 and $11 million on what will be a one-year deal.
Kluber, 35, has made just eight starts over the past two seasons for Cleveland and the Texas Rangers. However, as recently as 2018, the three-time All-Star went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA, so you understand why a contender like the Yankees would be intrigued by the impact that a healthy Kluber could provide behind Gerrit Cole.
The signing of Kluber may be a bit bittersweet for some Yankees fans, as his addition could mean that fan-favorite Masahiro Tanaka will not return. Tanaka has spent all seven seasons of his major league career with the Yankees, making two All-Star appearances. Now 32, Tanaka could return to Japan, as Randy Miller of NJ Advance Media reported last month that the veteran righty either wanted to return to the Yankees or to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the team he spent seven seasons playing for the Japan Pacific League before coming to the United States.
The deal sets up as the second major signing of the day for Brian Cashman and company, who re-signed infielder DJ LeMahieu to a six-year/$90 million deal this morning.