Report: Corey Kluber signs 1-year deal with Rays

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Corey Kluber is headed to one of the Red Sox’ division rivals, reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to Ken Rosenthal.

The deal has a base salary of $8 million, per the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reporting that the deal could be worth up to $13 million if Kluber hits every incentive in the contract.

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Kluber, 35, signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Yankees last season after a workout at Eric Cressey’s facility, and he went 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 80 innings over 16 starts. He did throw a no-hitter in Texas in May, but left his next start after three innings with shoulder tightness and ended up missing three months with a right shoulder strain.

The righty struggled down the stretch after returning, posting a 5.40 ERA in his final six starts, and he completed six innings just five times in 18 starts.

Kluber was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball in his nine seasons in Cleveland, posting a 3.16 ERA and winning two AL Cy Young Awards, but he made just seven starts in 2019 after suffering a broken forearm and then a lat strain during his rehab, and he threw just one inning for Texas in 2020 before being lost for the year with a shoulder injury.

The Rays were one of the teams in on Kluber prior to last season, as well, before he signed with New York.