It’s no secret that the Red Sox need as much pitching as possible. Luckily for them, there is a lot of pitching talent on the market. Whether it be via free agency or trade, the Red Sox WILL add at least 1 or 2 arms this winter. As much as I would love for them to trade for Blake Snell, that’s not the best move for them to make. The move they need to make is bringing in Corey Kluber.
Why It Makes Sense
Kluber is coming off a rough couple of years dealing with injuries that derailed him. Before that, he won the Cy Young award in 2014 and 2017. Klubber is a free agent after the Rangers declined his 18 million dollar option in favor of a 1 million dollar buyout. This means Kluber’s asking price could be much more affordable than what his talent level is at. I would imagine Kluber would be looking for a 1 or 2-year deal,, but I can’t picture him getting more than 1, especially with his injury history. The Red Sox are in a position, if they make the right moves, to make a deep postseason run, Kluber would be a huge piece in helping them get back on track. The cherry on top of all of this is Kluber,, and his family already have a home in Massachusetts and spend their offseasons here. Kluber doesn’t need to be the number one guy; that is what Chris Sale is for. Kluber walks in and becomes our number two or even number three.
What Could Go Wrong?
A lot. Say Kluber signs with the Red Sox; our top three starters in the rotation are all coming back from a form of injury. Sale is already projected to miss the beginning of the season, and E-Rod coming back from a scary heart situation related to Covid doesn’t sound like something you can push through. Add veteran starter whos been battling injuries last two years; you would be insane not to acknowledge the massive risk that comes with signing him. I don’t know about the rest of you, but winding up like the Yankees and looking like World Series contenders on paper and then barely playing in the playoffs is not my ideal situation.
I want this to happen. I want Kluber here and think he is an under the radar signing the Sox can make. I’m confident Kluber still has the talent to dominate and help fill out a rotation at a very high level. Kluber is two wins shy of his 100 for his career,, and his career ERA is just above 3. He debuted at the end of the 2011 season,, and although he is turning 35 in April, I think there is a lot left in the tank. Kluber clearly likes the Boston area, keep him here and sign this man. 1 year deal with a club option for the second at the max of 12-15 million. It sounds like a lot,, but I think there will be competition for him this winter as well,, as he will pitch up to that amount during the summer.
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– Kevin Perdios (@Perdios95)