#Indians exercise RHP Carlos Carrasco’s $10.25M option for 2020 and sign him to two-year extension for ‘21 and ‘22 with vesting option for ‘23, sources tell The Athletic. The extension covers Carrasco’s age 34 and 35 seasons. The vesting option is for his age 36 campaign.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2018
After an offseason that has so far been rather confusing and disappointing for Indians’ fans, we finally received some good news. As Ken Rosenthal reports the Indians have extended star pitcher Carlos Carrasco through 2022 with a vesting option for 2023. This is one of the first moves we’ve seen so far from the Indians that show they’re still set on competing controlling Carrasco now for the next four seasons at least.
Carrasco has been one of the most consistent and reliable pitchers in baseball over the past two seasons with a combined record of 35-16, a 3.33 ERA and 457 strikeouts and even leading the American League in wins in 2017. Carrasco has been a vital part of the Indians stacked starting rotation including, Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and Mike Clevinger, which has been a major reason the Indians have won the AL Central three seasons in a row.
While it is still unclear about what the Indians will do the remainder of the offseason, with rumors of starting pitchers being available for trade and a desperate need for outfield help, it was refreshing to see them extend Carrasco for the long haul. Carrasco will be 32 to begin the 2019 season as the Indians look to win their fourth consecutive AL Central and return to the World Series.
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