Update #2 (8:49 PM EST): Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal is done pending a physical.
Update (8:17 PM EST): Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Kluber’s deal will be for five years and include two club options.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Indians and starter Corey Kluber are close to an agreement on a contract extension. Rosenthal says that the deal is expected to be made official by Opening Day.
Kluber, who turns 29 on April 10, broke out with a 2.44 ERA and a 269/51 K/BB ratio in 235 2/3 innings en route to winning the American League Cy Young Award last season. He’s slated to oppose Astros starter Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day on Monday.
Rosenthal also notes that the Indians are discussing an extension with Carlos Carrasco. He also broke out last season, finshing with a 2.55 ERA and a 140/29 K/BB ratio in 134 innings.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.