According to Jon Heyman of CBS sports, Indians’ ace, Corey Kluber has signed a five year deal with the Cleveland Indians. The deal is worth $38.5 million and there will be two options on the deal. In that respect, the deal is similar to the deal Royals’ ace, Yordano Ventura, signed earlier Saturday. Kluber is coming off a breakout campaign, which saw him go 18-9, with a 2.44 ERA, and 269 strikeouts, on his way to winning his first Cy Young award.
kluber agreement is 5 yrs, 2 option years. late-blooming star gets security. small-market teamsavoids yr to yr arb w/cy winner
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 5, 2015
According to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, both sides wanted a deal before Kluber took to the mound on Monday. The deal makes quite a bit of sense for both sides. For the Indians, it locks their ace up through the rest of his prime, as well as his arbitration years. For Kluber, it allows him to go through the year without having to worry about contract negotiations. The Indians, led by Kluber, look to be serious contenders in the AL Central, with a young rotation that also features Carlos Carrasco, TJ House, Trevor Bauer, and Zach McAllister.