Newest On Corey Kluber’s Future
Coming off a 3rd straight sub-.500 season, the Rangers spent a great portion of final winter making an attempt to construct a high-end rotation able to pitching them to the playoffs in 2020. The plan hasn’t labored for the Rangers, one of many AL’s worst groups.
Other than Lance Lynn, who’s amid his second straight high quality season, nobody from the Rangers’ season-opening employees has supplied a lot. Mike Minor’s now not on the group, having struggled earlier than the Rangers traded him to the division-rival Athletics earlier than the Aug. 31 deadline, whereas offseason pickups Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles have put up horrible numbers. For the Rangers’ rotation, although, there was no greater addition than two-time AL Cy Younger winner Corey Kluber, whom they acquired from the Indians in December.
Whereas he got here to the Rangers as a two-time AL Cy Younger winner, Kluber was recent off an injury-shortened season through which his manufacturing took a pointy flip for the more serious. The Rangers have been hoping he’d rebound, however it didn’t occur in 2020, as Kluber threw only one inning (again on July 26) earlier than succumbing to a Grade 2 tear of the teres main muscle in his proper shoulder.
Kluber received’t return this 12 months, and as somebody who might attain free company within the offseason, it’s doable his Rangers tenure is over. Nonetheless, it appears the membership would really like him again, as TR Sullivan of MLB.com tweets that normal supervisor Jon Daniels mentioned Tuesday the group approached Kluber a few revised contract value lower than the worth of the hurler’s 2021 choice.
Kluber’s upcoming choice is valued at $18MM, however the Rangers might as an alternative purchase him out for $1MM and let him head to free company after two straight tough years. In any other case, Kluber might attempt to rebuild his inventory on a Texas group whose rotation might be a serious query mark going into subsequent season. There’s no assure Lynn will stick round, as he might fetch the group an honest return in a commerce, whereas it’ll be laborious to depend on Gibson and Lyles a 12 months from now. Moreover, nobody else Texas has began has stepped as much as declare a spot, so it might make sense for the membership to maintain Kluber round at a reduction fee if he’s prepared to just accept a wage to their liking.