The Yankees and Mets’ quest for pitching involves scouting Corey Kluber, who was a showcase Wednesday as he looks to rebound from a season with two injuries.
The Yankees’ interest is not surprising considering their need to start pitching, as well as the fact that their Director of Health and Performance (Eric Cressey) held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
From the Mets’ point of view, Kluber could perceive as a low-risk, potential high-upside option to complete a rotation that includes his former Cleveland teammate Carlos Carrasco.
In the 30-pitch showcase, around 25 teams competed, with the 34-year-old Kluber throwing 89-91 MPH and looking healthy, sources told Joel Sherman of The Post.
Kluber has made just eight starts in the past two seasons. In 2019, he was done with a fractured right hand after being hit by a line drive with the Indians.
Last season, after a trade to the Rangers, Kluber played just one inning before ending his shoulder stiffness.
Nevertheless, Kluber was one of the top pitchers in the game from 2014–18.
At the top of the Yankees’ rotation is Jerit Cole, followed by Jordan Montgomery.
In addition, Luis Severino stays out at least until the middle of the season while Tommy John returns from surgery. Domingo is eligible to return from a German domestic violence suspension. Devi Garcia, Clark Schmidt and Michael King are options to fill the rotation, with Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and Jae Hap all being free agents.
Before joining the Indians as director of pitching performances in 2016, Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake worked at Ceresi Sports, so he was in Cleveland with Kluber for his final four seasons.
– Additional reporting by Mike Puma