Trevor Bauer was the first Cleveland Indians pitcher to avoid Arbitration with a 1 year, $3.55M settlement with the Indians.
Dan Otero settled for 1 year, $1.055M .
Zack McAllister : 1 year at $1.825M .
Cody Allen for 1 year at $7.35M .
Bryan Shaw : 1 year at $4.6M .
Danny Salazar : 1 year at $3.4M .
Yes , Indians fans this does mean that these pitchers are possible free agents come the 2018 season but can also get contract extensions during the 2017 season.
Below is the definition of arbitration and how to be eligible for arbitration according to Fangraphs.com :
Salary Arbitration – In certain specific instances, a player and team may choose to go through a salary arbitration hearing in order to determine that player’s salary for the upcoming season.
To be eligible for an arbitration hearing a player would have to meet the following requirements ;
-They have at least three full seasons of MLB service time, and less than six. Players with six or more years of service time become free agents after their contracts have expired, while players with less than six seasons are under team-control. Up until players have acquired three seasons of service time, their salary is determined solely by their team. For years three through six, players can take their salary demands to an arbitration panel if they can’t reach an agreement with their team.
-If they have less then three full seasons of MLB service time, but are within the top 22% of players with more than two years of service time. This is called the “Super Two” exception, and it often leads to top prospects being held down in the minor leagues until they have passed the Super Two threshold