The Indians avoided arbitration with a second player, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, by signing him to a one-year contract Friday afternoon.
The four remaining Indians who filed for arbitration earlier this week (outfiedler Michael Brantley and pitchers Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano) exchanged salary figures with the club Friday night. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, league aribitration hearings are set for Feb. 1-21. However, the Indians have not gone to arbitration since 1991.
Tuesday evening, left-handed pitcher Josh Outman was the first of the club's six eligble players to avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract, less than 24 hours after turning in his paperwork. Details of Outman and Rzepczynski’s deals have not been made public.