CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – As they have been able to do each and every year since 1991, the Indians have inked some of their big names players to avoid having them go to arbitration.
Late Thursday the team announced they had inked catcher Lou Marson and OF Drew Stubbs to one-year Major League contracts.
It continued on Friday, as the club came to terms with a couple names from their pen, along with one starter. The team inked last seasons opening day starter Justin Masterson.
They also signed closer Chris Perez, and set-up man Joe Smith. New relief pitcher Matt Albers, acquired in the deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds.
Perez, who was an All-Star last season, inked a one-year deal worth $7.3 million. He last season saved 36 games with a 3.59 ERA.
Joe Smith’s deal is for a reported $3.15 million. As of now, the only player they need to get a deal done with is offseason acquired infielder Mike Aviles.