The Cleveland Indians have signed outfielder, and former Pitt Community College standout, Lonnie Chisenhall to a one-year $5.587 million deal allowing both parties to avoid arbitration. Chisenhall's contract is worth $5.58 million. He's projected to be the starting right fielder for the AL Central champions.
The Indians, however, didn't settle with starter Trevor Bauer before Friday's 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.
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 wins and won their division title before losing to the New York Yankees in the division series.
Earlier this week, Cleveland also avoided arbitration with closer Cody Allen, agreeing to a one-year, $10.575 million contract.
Bauer's salary filing was for $6.525 million, according to John Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Salazar, who is coming off an inconsistent and injury-slowed 2017, will make $5 million next season. The 29-year-old made three trips to the disabled list last season with a shoulder injury, calf injury and concussion. If the two sides do not reach an agreement, an arbitration panel will decide between January 29 and February 16.