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Choo and Perez last of arbitration eligble Inidans to sign one-year deals

By sstorm Published: January 18, 2011

Tuesday afternoon the Indians wraped up negotiations with their remaining arbitration-eligible players by signing OF Shin Soo Choo and LHP Rafael Perez to one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season.

Choo, 28, hit .300 with 31 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs, 81 runs scored, 22 steals and 90 RBI in 144 games last season, becoming the first Indians batter in franchise history to hit .300 with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in consecutive seasons.

Further, Choo eclipsed the .400 mark in on-base % for the first time and led the team in virtually every offensive category for the second straight year. He also finished fourth in the American League in on-base percentage (.401), first in outfield assists (14), eighth in walks (83), sixth in home batting average (.335) and ninth in OPS at .885.

Perez, 28, went 6-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 70 relief appearances in the 2010 season. However, he was at his best come June, when for the next 51 games his ERA was a stout 1.97. Further, Perez finished tied for 10th among American League relievers in games pitched with 70 and tied for fifth with a team-high six relief wins and was also 15th among AL relievers in percentage of inherited runners that scored (23%, 10 of 43).

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