Salazar and Cleveland Indians avoid arbitration with 1-year deal; team exchanges salary figures with Bauer

CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians and right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year deal.

Salazar will make $5 million in the 2018 season. On Friday the team also avoided arbitration with Lonnie Chisenhall, who will make $5.58 million. Earlier this week, the Tribe avoided arbitration with one-year deals with both closer Cody Allen ($10.575 million) and reliever Zach McAllister ($2.45 million) as well.

The only player the Indians have yet to reach a deal with is Trevor Bauer, but the two sides did exchange salary figures before the Friday evening deadline. According to Jon Heyman, Bauer filed for $6.525 million while the Indians are at $5.3 million. A deal between the two can be reached any time before his arbitration hearing (date to be determined), otherwise an arbitration panel will choose.

Salazar went 5-6 in 2017 with a 4.28 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 103 innings of work. Throughout the season, he dealt with right shoulder and elbow issues. In five seasons with the Indians, Salazar has a 3.82 ERA with a 38-33 record.

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Ashley Bastock
Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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