Rangers decline Corey Kluber’s 2021 option

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Texas Rangers have declined pitcher Corey Kluber’s 2021 option. He was scheduled to make $21 million next season.

Now Kluber has become a free agent. The two sides attempted to come to an agreement on a revised contract; however, those talks fell apart.

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox
Corey Kluber delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox (Getty Images)

The 34-year-old Birmingham, Alabama native spent one season with the Rangers during the 2020 season. He made just one start with the team during the 60-game coronavirus-shorted schedule.

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After one inning with the Rangers, he experienced shoulder tightness. He was then diagnosed with a torn teres major muscle injury, which then sent him to the team’s injured list.

He was acquired by the Rangers in a trade on December 15, 2019. In exchange for Kluber and cash, the Cleveland Indians received Emmanuel Clase and Delino DeShields Jr.

If Kluber does not re-sign with the Rangers or the Indians, he will be joining his third MLB team. He was a fourth-round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2007 MLB Draft.

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In his career, he has a 98-58 record with a 3.16 ERA in 209 games, including 204 starts. Kluber also has three games finished, 17 complete games, and seven shutouts.

He has allowed 1,165 hits and 518 runs (471 earned runs), including 132 home runs, in 1,342 2/3 innings. Kluber has 1,462 strikeouts and 293 walks.

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