All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor avoided salary arbitration after
agreeing to a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, the team
League sources told MLB Media and the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Lindor
agreed to a one-year, $17.5 million contract with the Indians, who have
rejected trade offers for the star shortstop this off-season. The club
didn't confirm financial details of the agreement.
It is the second-largest one-year deal for a player in his second season
of arbitration eligibility. Only Boston Red Sox star outfielder Mookie
Betts has signed a bigger contract in his second year of arbitration
($20 million in 2018).
The Indians also announced the team avoided arbitration with Mike
Clevinger ($4.1 million) and Nick Wittgren ($1.125 million), and
outfielders Tyler Naquin ($1.45 million) and Delino DeShields ($1.875
Lindor, who made $10.65 million last season, is under control of the
Indians through the 2021 campaign. The 26-year-old infielder recorded a
.284 batting average with 32 home runs and 74 RBIs last season. He also
scored 101 runs and stole 22 bases.
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