The Cleveland Baseball Club attended a throwing session of the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
The offseason for the Cleveland Baseball Club took an interesting turn Wednesday as they attended a throwing session of one of their former pitchers, Corey Kluber.
Cleveland was one of the 25 teams to attend the throwing session.
Cleveland traded Corey Kluber last offseason to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Delino DeShields and Emmanuel Clase. The early returns on that trade have not been great since the team moved on from DeShields and Clase missed all of last season due to a positive PED test.
Considering Cleveland’s pitching depth they do not necessarily need Corey Kluber. Their rotation features Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale, and Triston McKenzie. There are also other arms in the minor leagues they could consider. Although, if they do not think they are quite ready that is where Kluber would be a match.
This could be an attempt to regain some goodwill after trading Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets. Corey Kluber has dealt with injuries and a drop in effectiveness the past few seasons so any team looking for his services must be wary. Perhaps Kluber could be convinced to take a deal with lower cost due to the past few seasons. If that is the case it would make sense Cleveland is interested considering how they slashed payroll this offseason.