8:00 PM EST, Mon January 23, 2017

Indians, Trevor Bauer agree to contract for 2017, avoid arbitration

The Indians and Trevor Bauer have agreed to a one-year deal for the 2017 season, thus avoiding arbitration. Bauer will be paid $3.55 million this season, as first reported by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports. Bauer, who turns 26 on Jan. 17, opened 2016 in the bullpen but after Cody Anderson struggled and Carlos Carrasco went on the disabled list, found his way back into the starting rotation. He finished the year 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 190 innings pitched. Per FanGraphs, he had a FIP of 3.99. That all was prior to the Indians’ run through...

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