The Cleveland Indians have avoided arbitration with relief pitcher Rafael Perez, agreeing to a one-year contract that will net the veteran left-hander $2.005 million with another $25,000 possible in incentives.
Perez, in his seventh season, posted a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 3.00 in 71 appearances through 2011. He had reportedly asked for $2.4 million with the team, at one point, offering $1.6 million.
He joins Chris Perez, Shin-Soo Choo, Justin Masterson, Jack Hannahan and Joe Smith as players who will avoid the arbitration process with the Indians. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera remains the only unsigned arbitration-eligible player with the team receiving their date for the player’s hearing earlier this week. Sides can agree to terms at any point prior to their hearing.