Yankees talking to retired ace Corey Kluber about possible return

New York Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber celebrates after tossing a no-hitter against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on May 19, 2021.

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Reportedly, the New York Yankees are in discussions to bring back Corey Kluber, the retired two-time AL Cy Young winner, with whom they shared a season in 2021. Newsday’s Erik Boland reveals that Kluber is exploring a potential “yet-to-be-defined advisory position” within the Yankees organization, with the specifics remaining undisclosed as to whether it pertains to the coaching staff or the front office. Kluber, who retired from playing on Feb. 9, resides close to the Yankees’ spring training facility in Tampa, Florida, and recently visited the complex, as reported by Boland.

Yankees consider Corey Kluber for yet-to-be-defined advisory opening

Corey Kluber pitched one season with the New York Yankees

Aged 37, Corey Kluber enjoyed an illustrious 13-season career despite grappling with injuries as he entered his 30s. Throughout his tenure, he amassed a commendable 3.44 ERA across 1,641 2/3 innings pitched. His prime years with the Cleveland Indians, from 2013-2018, showcased his dominance, boasting a remarkable 94-50 record with a 2.96 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 1,364 strikeouts over 1,238 2/3 innings. Kluber clinched two Cy Young awards during this period and contended for three others.

However, his career faced adversity following a significant injury in May 2019 when he fractured his right ulna on a line drive, limiting him to just 35 2/3 innings. Traded to the Texas Rangers, Kluber’s tenure there was marred by a teres major muscle tear in his right shoulder, restricting him to a mere one inning of play.

Kluber’s stint with the Yankees in 2021, after signing as a free agent, saw him pitch 80 innings across 16 starts, registering a 3.83 ERA, but was curtailed by a shoulder injury. Nevertheless, he etched his name in Yankees’ history by pitching the organization’s 12th no-hitter, reminiscent of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, where he struck out nine and walked one in a 2-0 victory against the Rangers on May 19.

With Kluber’s return potentially imminent, the Yankees could soon see him back in their signature pinstripes, signaling a reunion with a player who left an indelible mark during his brief tenure.

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