Limited to one inning in two years, Corey Kluber believes his ability will resurface in the New York Yankees. Kluber signed his contract on the same day that American League batting champion DJ LeMahieu did the same to stay with the Yankees for six years and $ 90 million.
“I think I’m healthy right now. I’m not rehabbing from an injury or treating a problem with something that persists,” the right-hander said Thursday, a day after sign an agreement for one year and 11 million dollars. “I’m basically in a normal stage of my preparation for a season.”
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“It’s no secret that I wanted to get back with the Yankees. I wanted to be in New York. This was frustrating at times, because it took too long,” said the relieved second baseman. “I just think the free agent market in general was slow.”
Kluber, a three-time All-Star pick, turns 35 on April 10. He will join a rotation that includes remaining pitchers such as Gerrit Cole, Deivi Garcia and Jordan Montgomery, along with Jameson Taillon, acquired from Pittsburgh last weekend after missing much of the previous two seasons, to recover from Tommy John surgery.
In 2014 and 17, Kluber won the American League Cy Young trophy with Cleveland. On May 1, 2019, he was hit in the right forearm by a ball hit by Brian Anderson of Miami.
He finished the season with a 2-3 record and a 5.80 ERA in seven starts. He was later loaned to Texas in a trade.
Kluber tore a muscle in his right shoulder on July 26 when he made his Rangers debut. Thus, his campaign ended after a job of just one inning.
The injury healed without surgery.
“That time was extremely frustrating for me, but I think I was never disappointed in myself,” Kluber said. “I consider it probable that the mental aspect was more difficult than the physical one … You have to recover your mentality to solve things.”
LeMahieu joined the Yankees for the 2019 campaign. Now, he’s excited to stay to help New York seek the World Series title, which it last won in 2009.
“This is just a group that I wanted to be a part of. It’s an exciting group, and we need to take the next step,” he said. “There is only one goal with the Yankees, and that is to win the World Series. And in the years that I have been here we have not achieved it. So I wanted to be a Yankee, I wanted even more to be part of this incredible team.”
LeMahieu, 32, will receive $ 15 million per season. The agreement includes a provision that prevents any trade during the first two seasons. Afterwards, the player will have the right to block trades to five teams.
He would have the right to approve a trade beginning in the 2023 season, under the terms of the collective agreement, as a 10-year veteran who has spent five years with his current club.