The multi-time Cy Young winner for the Cleveland Indians
This one seems to be a fan favorite. I have seen far too many people complain that the Indians should have held onto Kluber and it really is laughable. I have the utmost respect for everything Kluber did for the organization and he definitely cracks my top 10 all-time Indians list. He is one of the great pitchers to ever come through Cleveland, but in reality, he only had five seasons where he logged over 200 innings.
The fact that our front office was able to bring over supreme talent in the form of 22-year-old closer Emannuel Clase, for a 33-year-old Corey Kluber is a huge testament to how undervalued the Cleveland front office has been by fans of the team.
Did Kluber come back to haunt us in the form of six scoreless innings in an 8-0 loss? Short answer, yes. The longer answer, still yes BUT it was less about Corey Kluber’s dominance and more about how terrible Cleveland’s offense was, but I digress.
I never wanted to believe that Kluber would wear another uniform but it would have been naïve to assume that he would finish his career in Cleveland. It is a given to assume any great pitcher that comes through Cleveland will move on to “greener pastures” at some point.