Corey Kluber was a pitcher who could’ve been a low risk signing to help the Red Sox rotation. Kluber also resides in Massachusetts during the offseason. Naturally, he signed a 1 year, 11 million dollar contract with the New York Yankees.
Was Corey Kluber Worth 11 Million?
To be completely honest, it’s not that crazy that Corey Kluber did not end up in Boston. Kluber was going to seek out the highest bidder, and he did, signing with the Yankees. This move is a gamble for the Yankees, especially considering that they’re attempting to stay under the luxury tax threshold. The Red Sox were reportedly interested in Kluber, but I am glad they did not meet these demands.
Charlie Morton, who I would consider to be of much higher value than Kluber, is only being paid 4 million more in his new one-year contract. I stand by my statement in my last article about Kluber, where I said, “A good price for Kluber, in the Red Sox’s terms, is probably something around 1-2 years, with 4-7 Million per year.” If Kluber were to sign for that price, I’d have no problem with it. However, 11 million seems somewhat ridiculous for a pitcher who has thrown one public bullpen session since his injury and now has known shoulder issues.
Martin Perez Returns
Although they had missed out on Kluber, the Red Sox made a surprising move. The Sox re-signed fan favorite left-hander Martin Perez on January 16th. This comes as a major surprise considering the Red Sox declined Perez’s 6 million dollar team option earlier this offseason. Perez’s deal is a 1 year, 4.5 million dollar contract with a 2022 option. The new deal’s option is once again a 6 million dollar team option. I think this pickup really helps the Sox rotation.
From a pure statistics standpoint, Martin Perez’s 2020 season may not look great. However, Perez’s 2020 Win-Loss record does not reflect how valuable he was in preventing the Red Sox from being even worse. In one 2020 stretch, Perez surrendered 3 or fewer runs in 3 consecutive outings but was credited with a loss 2 of those times. Perez also ate innings well, throwing 80+ pitches and going 4 at least innings in all but one start. These solid contributions are sure to repeat themselves in 2021, and I think Perez could be even better. In all, Perez’s veteran presence will help fill a spot in the rotation, and aid young pitchers such as Nick Pivetta and Tanner Houck as they gradually ease into the rotation. The Red Sox’s stove seems to be warming up if you will, and I’m excited to see what they do next.