Red Sox target Corey Kluber reportedly chooses Yankees


The Yankees had quite a day. The Red Sox didn't.

Earlier Friday it was learned they had locked back up free agent prize DJ LeMahieu to a six-year, $95 million deal. Then about 12 hours later news came down that the Yankees had reeled in another intriguing name -- Corey Kluber.

As was first reported by @TalkinJake, Kluber has agreed to a deal with New York. USA Today surfaced that the agreement (which is pending a physical) is a one-year deal worth $11 million.

It is yet another starting pitcher the Red Sox had interest in but fell short of securing.

While some believed the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner might be intrigued by Boston considering he makes his offseason home in Winchester, the Yankees also had an advantage.

Kluber has been a longtime client of renowned trainer Eric Cressey, owner of Cressey Performance Center. Cressey was hired by the Yankees prior to the 2020 season to oversee their strength and conditioning departments.

Kluber has spent the last few months at CPC's Florida site, rehabbing from the shoulder injury which limited him to just one inning with Texas last season. The 34-year-old participated in a workout for scouts Wednesday, with Red Sox scout Rollie Pino representing Boston.

While the Red Sox certainly weren't going to count on Kluber carrying a starting staff that includes Eduardo Rodriguez, Nathan Eovaldi and eventually Chris Sale (who continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery), the veteran did show enough in his recent workout to suggest he can be of some help.

The Red Sox are seemingly still prioritizing free agent pitchers who might require shorter term deals, with Jake Odorizzi, Rich Hill, Garrett Richards, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, Jose Quintana and Rich Hill still seemingly in the mix.