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Indians avoid arbitration with five players, one unsigned

Indians avoid arbitration with five players, one unsigned
January 18, 2013
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Today the Indians have agreed to one year contracts with right-handed reliever Matt Albers ($1.75 million), catcher Lou Marson ($1 million), right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson ($5.688), right-handed closer Chris Perez ($7.3 million), and right-handed reliever Joe Smith ($3.15 million). On Thursday night they agreed to a one year contract with outfielder Drew Stubbs ($2.825 million).

In total that spent $21.713 million on the six signed arbitration eligible players with known salary figures, which is $713,000 higher than the projected total of $21 million to sign them.

The only arbitration eligible player that remains unsigned is middle infielder Mike Aviles who is projected to earn $2.3 million in arbitration. The Indians presented a desired salary figure to the MLB Labor Relations Department today, and Aviles and other players who filed for arbitration on Tuesday already submitted their requested salary figure to the MLB Labor Relations Department.  Since the Indians were unable to sign him before the 1pm deadline today, they can only negotiate a deal between the two requested figures.

At this time Aviles is not expected to jeopardize the Indians’ streak of avoiding arbitration as they last went to arbitration in 1991 with Greg Swindell and Jerry Browne.  The Indians and Aviles have exchanged arbitration figures, and a deal can still be reached prior to the Feb 1st through 20th arbitration hearing dates.

Also of note, the Reds and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo did not come to an agreement before today's deadline.

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User Comments

Tony
January 18, 2013 - 11:55 PM EST
I'm sure if the Indians could find a taker for Perez and get good value in return, they would do it in a heartbeat. Problem is that right now they are getting 50 cents on the dollar for him as far as offers go, so no need to settle just to dump him. If they hold tight, he should be much more attractive to teams in a trade six months from now.
Homer
January 18, 2013 - 5:22 PM EST
I agree with Seth, Chris Perez is a nice luxury. IMO, something the Tribe simply can't afford at this juncture. Lohse would make much more sense or even Michael Bourn for that matter. I think the Tribe should look to move Perez for 3 solid prospects (at least 2 B level talents) close the the ML ready.
Seth
January 18, 2013 - 5:11 PM EST
I like Perez, but the Indians should never pay a reliever $7.3 million, unless it's someone of Mariano Rivera-like consistency. Especially not when, barring injury, Cody Allen is opening the season in Columbus. Still think they should trade him so they can sign someone else. They might have the money to sign Lohse if they didn't have Perez on the roster. Perez has more experience than Allen, and more experience as closer than Pestano, but I don't actually think he's better than either of them.
Jason Z
January 18, 2013 - 3:46 PM EST
Masterson's number is in at $5.6785 million. Looks like the Tribe did well on that one.

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