The Cleveland Indians and starting pitcher Trevor Bauer have avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal that will pay the right-hander (who turns 26 next Tuesday) $3.55 million in 2017. (Jon Heyman had it first.) The Indians still have seven other arbitration-eligible players, including closer Cody Allen, who's almost certain to receive the highest salary of the group.
Bauer, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time, is coming off his most successful professional season. He threw a career-high 190 regular season innings, with a very respectable 4.26 ERA (110 ERA+). His strikeout rate was down slightly from the year before, but so were his walk and home runs rates. The postseason was another story. In between the ALDS and ALCS, Bauer cut his finger while tinkering with a drone he'd built. The stitches opened up during the first inning of his next start, and he lasted only four batters. In his four postseason starts, Bauer pitched just 13 total innings, allowing 8 runs on 18 hits, 5 of them home runs. He was the weak link of an otherwise dominant pitching staff during October, but his regular season numbers were very good for a #4 or 5 starter.