Indians president Chris Antonetti said today that the club will exercise Corey Kluber‘s $17.5 million option for 2020. If they hadn’t, they would’ve owed Kluber a $1 million buyout and he’d have become a free agent.
Kluber made only seven starts this year thanks to a broken arm and a strained oblique muscle. When he did pitch he was no great shakes, posting a 5.80 ERA and 44 hits in 35.2 innings. Still, it makes total sense to bring him back in 2020 because (a) those were freak injuries; and (b) there’s every reason to think he’ll bounce back.
And heck, maybe having most of the year off will have some hidden benefits. The guy pitched over 200 innings in each of his previous five seasons. His arm will probably benefit from the rest. Or at least that’s the hope.