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Report: Yankees sign Corey Kluber to 1-year, $11M contract

On too many occasions, the Yankees had the daunting challenge of staring down Corey Kluber at the top of his game. They are hoping that the right-hander can reclaim that intimidating form in 2021.

Kluber and the Yankees are closing in on a one-year agreement expected to be worth $11 million, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday evening. The club has not confirmed the deal.

A dominant presence during his years as the Indians’ bat-shattering ace, Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and ’17, posting a 2.85 ERA (151 ERA+) with a 10.1 K/9 rate over 1,091 1/3 innings from 2014-18.

Though Kluber has not completed a healthy season since 2018, the 34-year-old impressed a large crowd of scouts from about 25 teams that attended his showcase in Florida on Wednesday. His market heated up substantially after he looked healthy and flashed his typical fastball velocity.

The Yankees likely had the inside track for Kluber due to his long-standing relationship with strength coach Eric Cressey, who now oversees the Yanks’ strength-and-conditioning programs. Kluber’s session this week took place at Cressey’s training facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.