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Pitcher Nick Hagadone, Indians reach settlement over 2012 grievance

By Stephanie Storm Published: February 4, 2014

The Indians confirmed Tuesday that an agreement was reached over the grievance filed on Nick Hagadone's behalf by the Major League Baseball Players Association regarding an incident two years ago. In the settlement, the left-handed pitcher was awarded both service time and compensation for time spent on the minor league disqualified list in 2012.

The incident that spurred the grievance originated on July 6, 2012 when a struggling Hagadone was taken out of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays after giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. On his way to the clubhouse, a frustrated Hagadone slammed a door and ended up breaking a bone in his left forearm that required surgery.

In response to the self-inflicted injury, the Indians optioned Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus and placed him on the disqualified list two days later. Putting Hagadone, 28, on the disqualified list meant he wasn't eligible to collect pay. However, if the Indians had placed the reliever on the big league disabled list, he would have continued to receive his big league pay. Before the month was over, the MLBPA filed its grievance.

What the ruling did was award Hagadone the salary he missed while on the disqualified list and increase his major league service time to a year and 127 days. But the settlement also cancelled the minor league option the Tribe used to send Hagadone to Columbus, meaning the club can use it this season without having to expose him to waivers.

The later part is a bit of a bonus for the Indians, who currently have six left-handed pitchers headed to spring training camp in veterans Marc Rzepcznski and Josh Outman as well as minor leaguers Scott Barnes, Hagadone, Colt Hynes and Mike Zagurski.

“The organization is pleased to have achieved resolution on this matter with the help of MLB and the MLBPA,” Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told MLB.com via an email statement. “Out of respect to Nick and his teammates as they prepare to begin a new season, as well as for the process itself, we do not wish to discuss the matter in any more detail.”

In parts of three big league seasons, Hagadone owns a 5.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 42 walks in 72 appearances spanning 67 2/3 innings with the Tribe. He joined the Indians organization in 2009 as part of the trading deadline deal that sent popular Indians catcher Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox.

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