Less than 24 hours after six Indians players filed for arbitration Tuesday, one quickly struck a deal. The team confirmed late Tuesday that it agreed to terms on a one-year contract with newcomer and left handed pitcher Josh Outman. Salary details were not disclosed.
Outman, 29, was acquired from the Colorado Rockies last month in exchange for outfileder Drew Stubbs. Last January, Outman agreed to terms on a one-year, $675,000 contract with the Rockies to avoid arbitration.
He then went 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances during the 2013 season, with 53 strikeouts amd 23 walks over 54 innings. MLBtraderumors.com projects Outman to earn $1.4 million in 2014.
The Indians have not gone to arbitration since 1991. In order to keep that streak alive, they’ll also need to come to terms with their remaining five arbitration-eligble players: outfielder Michael Brantley and pitchers Justin Masterson, Marc Rzecpczynski, Vinnie Perstano and Josh Tomlin.
Major league teams and their players will exchange final salary offers Friday, if not beforehand. If the two sides do not agree on a deal, league arbitration hearings are scheduled Feb. 1-21.