Tampa Bay Rays sign Corey Kluber to one-year deal

Sep 17, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Corey Kluber (28) pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday made their signing of right-handed starting pitcher Corey Kluber official, announcing a one-year, $8 million deal.

Kluber can earn an additional $5 million in incentives, per the release.

Kluber said the Rays appealed to him because of the chance to be part of a title-winning team.

“I’m at the stage of my career where I’m trying to still win a World Series,” Kluber said on a Zoom call with reporters. “And the success that this team has had the last few years, I think it makes it pretty obvious that they’re in a position to do that.”

The two-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star missed three months last season with a shoulder strain.

Kluber finished 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 16 starts for the New York Yankees, including a May 19 no-hitter at Texas.

He owns a 103-61 career record with a 3.19 ERA and 1,544 strikeouts in 225 games (220 starts) with Cleveland (2011-19), Texas (2020) and New York.

The addition of Kluber brings the Rays’ 40-man roster to capacity.

–Field Level Media

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