2. Corey Kluber
The Red Sox fanbase was excited when Corey Kluber signed with the organization this offseason. The 37-year-old veteran is a two-time AL Cy Young winner and had a 61.4% career winning percentage before signing the one-year, $10 million contract.
If Kluber lived up to expectations, the Red Sox wouldn’t have an issue picking up his $11 million club option. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely the case after this injury-riddled season’s debacle.
The former 2007 fourth-rounder owns a 3-6 record in 15 starts this season, pitching to a career-worst 7.04 ERA along the way. He’s surrendering more hits (11.3) and home runs (2.8) per nine innings than he’s ever allowed before, leaving many to wonder if his best days are long gone.
Although a rebound performance next year is possible, the potential reward isn’t worth a $11 million risk for Boston.
Kluber will need to look elsewhere to get his career back on track. The Red Sox can use that money instead on multiple starting pitchers who’d likely be more reliable than the former Stetson University product.