Cleveland Indians agree to 1-year deal with Lonnie Chisenhall, avoid arbitration

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

Once again, Trevor Bauer is an exception.

The club avoided arbitration with starter Danny Salazar and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts for the 2018 season. Following the offseason departure of Bruce, as well as that of first baseman Carlos Santana, Chisenhall figures to factor more prominently into the Indians plans this season, thanks to his versatility. Chisenhall's contract is worth $5.58 million.

Cleveland also reached agreement with reliever Zach McAllister on a $2.45 million contract.

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Allen, 29, recorded 30 saves with a 2.94 ERA and a 92/21 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings last season, helping the Indians return to the postseason.

Bauer's representatives submitted a salary of $6.25 million while the Indians countered at $5.3 million.

Salazar went 5-6 with a 4.28 ERA and 145 strikeouts last season. He made two trips to the disabled list with shoulder and elbow soreness and moved back and forth between the bullpen and starting rotation late in the season. If the two sides do not reach an agreement, an arbitration panel will decide between January 29 and February 16. Despite those issues, Salazar averaged 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings, second to only Boston's Chris Sale (12.9) among pitchers with at least 100 innings.

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