Indians reach arbitration deals, set hearing with Bauer

Published 6:52 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018 | Updated 7:31 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians settled all their arbitration cases but one. Once again, Trevor Bauer is an exception.

The club avoided arbitration with starter Danny Salazar and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts for the 2018 season.

Salazar, who is coming off an inconsistent and injury-slowed 2017, will make $5 million next season. Chisenhall’s contract is worth $5.58 million. He’s projected to be the starting right fielder for the AL Central champions.

Cleveland also reached agreement with reliever Zach McAllister on a $2.45 million contract.

The Indians, however, didn’t settle with Bauer before the deadline to exchange salary figures. The enigmatic right-hander won a career-high 17 games last season and developed into a vital member of Cleveland’s rotation. He made 31 starts and established himself as a premier pitcher, known as much for his array of pitches as his hobby of flying drones or unique training regimen.

Bauer went 10-1 with a 2.60 ERA over the final two months of the season, when the Indians reeled off a league-record 22 straight…

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