Just like a couple of dozen other teams Wednesday, the Red Sox had someone on hand to watch Corey Kluber throw a 30-pitch bullpen Wednesday morning in Palm Beach Gardens.
Kluber is auditioning for a major league contract after most of the last two seasons with a variety of injuries. Despite making just eight starts between 2019 and 2020, Kluber is viewed as an intriguing comeback candidate. At 35 and having battled a variety of physical ailments the last two years, it's not reasonable to expect he'll regain the form that led to two Cy Young Awards.
But if Kluber can contribute 20 or more starts in 2021 for a low guaranteed base salary (plus incentives), he'll be a bargain for any club.
Scouts in attendance watched Kluber throw his fastball between 88-91 mph, commensurate with where he'd be in terms of velocity during past offseasons. He also mixed in a number of pitches and commanded them well.
The Red Sox are thought to have some advantage in the bidding because