As expected, right-hander Justin Masterson and five other Indians players filed for salary arbitration Tuesday.
Along with Masterson, the agents for outfielder Michael Brantley and pitchers Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin, Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman filed the appropriate paperwork before Tuesday's arbitration deadline.
The Indians, who haven't gone to arbitration since 1991, have through Friday to exchange proposals and agree on appropriate salaries. However, if the Tribe's non-arbitration streak is broken, hearings are scheduledfor Feb. 1-21.
The Indians largest focus is on coming to terms with All-Star Masterson, 28.He indicated at the end of last season and more recently via agent Randy Rowley, that he's open to signing an extension with the Indians.
After recording a career-high 14 wins, three shutouts, a 3.45 ERA and 195 strikeouts over 193 innings last year, Masterson could see last season's $5.7 million salary nearly double to $10 million for next season. With this being Masterson's final arbitration-eligble season, the Indians are looking to lock him into a multiple-year extension that would keep him becoming a free agent next off season.