Corey Kluber has dealt with injuries the past two season which has limited his productivity and durability.
In 2020, he threw just one inning as he was pulled from his start with shoulder tightness and was shut down for the remainder of the season. In 2019, he missed majority of the season due to various injuries he suffered throughout the year.
Prior to the past two seasons though, Kluber was among the best pitchers in the major leagues. In 2018 he went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA with 222 strikeouts with just 34 walks over 33 starts. The season before that, he was 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA with 265 strikeouts over 141 hits given up for an opponent average of .193 and just 36 walks in 203.2 innings pitched in which he was the Cy Young award recipient.
Throughout his career, Kluber has been among the top tier strikeout artists in the league as he generates a lot more swings and misses than hits given up. He is also very accurate, as he often doesn’t allow a lot of free passes.
Even with all his results, the thought of adding Kluber will cause teams to pause due to the fact he’s only appeared in eight games throwing 36.2 innings over the past two seasons.
Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro are very familiar with Kluber as they know him from their time spent in Cleveland. They could aim to bring him to Toronto in hopes that he recaptures his top tier form.