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Indians Pickup 2019 Club Option on Carlos Carrasco, Decline Option on Brandon Guyer

The offseason decisions have begun for the Indians, as today the team made some decisions regarding club options for two players for the 2019 season.

The team has picked up, to no surprise, the option on starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, and will pay him $9.75 million in the 2019 season. The team has another club option on him for 2020, so you can bet unless something unexpected happens, he will have another option picked up next year.

The Indians also announced they have declined the club option on veteran outfielder Brandon Guyer, allowing him to become a free agent.

The 32-year-old Guyer had a $3 million club option, and instead will pay him a $250,000 buyout. Last season Guyer hit .206 (40-for-194) with 11 2B, 7 HR and 27 RBI in 103 games.

Carrasco went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 32 games/30 starts (192.0IP, 173H, 72ER, 43BB, 231SO), finishing tied for fourth in the A.L. in wins, eighth in ERA and ninth in innings pitched.

His 10.83 strikeouts per 9.0IP rank as the third-highest single-season total in franchise history.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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