The Cleveland Indians’ arbitration-free run could soon be over. Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti believes that the team, who has managed to avoid arbitration hearings every offseason since 1991, believes it will have at least one arbitration hearing this year. This news comes in the wake of the Indians and starting pitcher Justin Masterson filing the largest arbitration gap to date.
In the filings, as first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Indians tabbed $8.05 million as the number and Masterson said $11.8 million.MLB Trade Rumors estimated that the soon-to-be 29-year-old, one year away from free agency, would likely receive $9.7 million for 2014.
According to a source close to Indians.com beat writer Jordan Bastian, there has been little progress in discussions about a long-term contract extension for Masterson who posted a 14-10 record and 3.29 ERA through 32 games in 2013, a year in which the 6-foot-6-inch All-Star earned $5,687,500—approximately $1 million less than Brett Myers.
Other arbitration-eligible candidates are outfielder Michael Brantley, starting pitcher Josh Tomlin and relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano.
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