Right-hander Corey Kluber and the Boston Red Sox are agreeing on a one-year, $10 million deal that includes a club option for 2024, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN, rounding the job. Back to the team’s pitching staff through a contract free аɡeпt.
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In his prime, from 2014 to ’18, Kluber was among the best pitchers in baseball. He woп a pair of Cy Youngs with Cleveland, for whom he pitched through 2019. He was traded to Texas before the 2020 season and pitched one inning for the Rangers. Kluber played for the New York Yankees in 2021 before going to Tampa Bay on a one-year, $8 million deal.