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Indians Avoid Arbitration With 3, All Acquired In Trades

Indians Avoid Arbitration With 3, All Acquired In Trades

The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with catcher Austin Hedges, righthander Phil Maton and infielder Amed Rosario, agreeing Friday to oneyear deals with three players who joined them via trade in the past six months.

CLEVELAND: The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with catcher Austin Hedges, right-hander Phil Maton and infielder Amed Rosario, agreeing Friday to one-year deals with three players who joined them via trade in the past six months.

Hedges will make $3.28 million in 2021, Rosario $2.4 million and Maton $975,000.

The team began the offseason with seven arbitration eligible players, including All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. But the Indians traded Lindor along with starter Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets for Rosario, infielder Andrs Gimnez and two propsects.

The 25-year-old Rosario batted .252 in 46 games last season. Its not clear what the Indians plans are for Rosario, who could be in the mix to replace Lindor. Rosario earned $225,474 prorated from a $608,780 salary.

Considered an excellent defensive catcher, the 28-year-old Hedges came to the Indians in July from San Diego as part of the Mike Clevinger deal. Hedges got one hit in 12 at-bats with the Indians in 2020. He made $1,111,111 prorated from a $3 million salary.

Also part of the Clevinger deal, Maton will likely have a spot in Clevelands bullpen in 2021. The right-hander started well after joining the Indians, but struggled over his last 11 appearances and finished 3-3 with a 4.57 ERA. He earned $211,889 prorated from a $572,100 salary.

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