Indians Avoid Arbitration with Their Remaining Eligible Players

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Indians.com reported on Friday, that the Cleveland Indians have avoided arbitration with their three remaining arbitration eligible players. The players included newly acquired OF/1B Brandon Moss, RHP Bryan Shaw, and RHP Josh Tomlin.

Jordan Bastian, MLB beat writer for Indians.com, reported that the Cleveland Indians have settled with Brandon Moss at $6.5 million (below expected), Bryan Shaw at $1.55 million, and Josh Tomlin at $1.5 million to avoid arbitration.

Brandon Moss, who was acquired at the winter meetings in December, hit for a .234 AVG, belted 25 HR, and accumulated 85 RBI’s in 2014 and is expected to play right field and bat in the middle of the Indians lineup in 2015. Many experts predicted that Moss’ salary would reach over $7 million dollars due to his production a year ago, but, since Moss struggled through the second half due to an hip injury the Indians received a minor discount for his services.

Bryan Shaw, who served as the Indians primary setup man a year ago broke the Indians single season record for appearances with 80 in 2014. Shaw also accumulated a 2.59 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 76.1 IP. These stats show that Shaw is an extremely underrated asset in the back end of the bullpen for only a minuscule price of $1.55 million for the Indians.

Lastly, the 30-year old Josh Tomlin ($1.5 million) will enter spring training as a candidate for a spot in the rotation or in the bullpen. A year ago Tomlin served as good overall pitching depth for the Indians, making several spot starts and pitching some much needed innings out of the bullpen. Last season, Tomlin went 6-9 with a 4.76 ERA in 104 IP split between starting and relieving. The Indians don’t necessarily have to give him a spot on the initial 25 man roster though because he still has minor-league options remaining.

Overall, according to Bastian, “minus incentives and signing bonus dollars, and adding pre-arb estimate, the Indians payroll projects to be a touch under $83 million after arb deals”. So, to begin the season, the Indians are in a good place financially and are under the estimated payroll figure of $87 million to begin the 2015 season.

 

By Gabe Cohn

@CSTGabe

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