Veteran Pitcher Reportedly ‘Unlikely To Return’ To Red Sox After Disastrous Season

Veteran Pitcher Reportedly ‘Unlikely To Return’ To Red Sox After Disastrous Season

It sounds like one former Red Sox hurler won’t be returning to the club next season

While the Boston Red Sox will be looking to add to their starting rotation this offseason, it’s clear one veteran won’t be returning.

Boston signed two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber last offseason ahead of the 2023 campaign but he struggled with inconsistent play and injuries. Kluber appeared in just 15 games for the Red Sox — including nine starts — and compiled a 7.04 ERA. This led to the Red Sox ultimately declining his option for the 2024 season. He now is a free agent again, but reportedly “unlikely to return” to the Red Sox in an unsurprising move, according to the Boston Herald’s Mac Cerullo.

“Corey Kluber is unlikely to return after the Red Sox declined his $11 million club option,” Cerullo said. “The 37-year-old endured a disappointing season and posted a 7.04 ERA in 15 appearances after originally slotting in as the club’s opening day starter.”

If the Red Sox wanted to, they easily could bring Kluber back into the fold on a cheaper deal but a move wouldn’t make sense. Kluber now is 37 years old and never was able to find his footing in 2023. The Red Sox need to add to the rotation and need to take a look at top-of-the-rotation options rather than depth.

Boston has been linked to stars like Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola and Orix Buffaloes phenom Yoshinobu Yamamoto and a move like that would make more sense. Kluber at one point was one of the best pitchers in baseball but things just didn’t work out with the Red Sox.

 

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