he marriage made perfect sense. The Red Sox needed pitching, and Corey Kluber needed to prove he had recovered from a muscle tear in his shoulder.
The Red Sox didn’t want to blow out their budget, and Kluber was willing to sign a short-term deal for reasonable money.
The Red Sox wouldn’t mind energizing their fan base, and here was a Winchester, Mass., resident and two-time Cy Young Award winner just waiting to fall into their lap.
The Red Sox had other ideas. They signed Garrett Richards.
And now, like it or not, the two right-handers will be compared all season, especially since Kluber inked a one-year deal with the New York Yankees, ensuring the Red Sox won’t have far to look to determine whether they made the right choice.