According to mlbtraderumors.com, the Rangers plan to decline Corey Kluber his team option, making him a free agent. So should the Mets make a run?
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Kluber is coming off his second injury plagued season in a row, where he suffered a Grade 2 tear major strain after one inning. In 2019, Kluber battled injuries and struggled when on the mound, posting a 5.80 ERA in 35.2 innings. He did have a 4.06 FIP over those 35.2 innings, but still considered a lost season.
Before the 2019 season, Kluber was a workhorse and one of the best pitchers in the majors. From 14-18 he combined to pitch to a 2.85 ERA in 1091.1 innings pitched. Absolute dominance for a long stretch of time.
The obvious risk is ineffectiveness and injuries for the 34 year old. On the otherhand his upside is major. If Kluber is healthy, he could still be a productive arm for the back end of the rotation. Kluber will likely get an incentive loaded one year deal and hope for a win-win situation. He can earn a nice payday (for example 15 mil tops with incentives reached) and a healthy Kluber is a win for the Mets.
Can you imagine if this works out and get a Kluber as your 4th/5th starter? That would be something, right?