The team declined the veteran’s $11 million player option, thereby making him a free agent. Kluber had a rough year in 2023. He was injured frequently, and when he was well, the two-time AL Cy Young champion was a disaster for the Red Sox.
Kluber appeared in 15 games, including nine starts, and posted a 3-6 record with a 7.04 ERA. He pitched 55 innings in all, striking out 42 and walking 21. Kluber had a difficult season and will now be seeking for a new team.
Kluber has struggled to regain his feet after multiple excellent seasons with the Cleveland Guardians. 2022 was acceptable, with 31 starts for the Tampa Bay Rays and a 4.34 ERA, but injury issues were clearly a problem with the Red Sox after being named their Opening Day starter.
Kluber, at 38, may find it tough to find a position anyplace. He should be able to find work with another franchise, but it remains to be seen if he will be in the rotation on a constant basis. The Red Sox formally shut down Kluber in September because to shoulder issues, and the writing was on the wall for his future in Boston.
Given that his player option is worth $11 million, it’s hardly unexpected that Boston is parting ways. That’s a lot of money for a person who can barely keep himself alive. To be honest, it wouldn’t be a great surprise to see Corey Kluber potentially retire if he was unable to secure a new contract somewhere.