The Cleveland Indians were able to avoid arbitration with shortstop Francisco Lindor on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $10.55 million dollar deal for the 2019 season.
Unfortunately they weren’t able to do the same with starting pitcher Trevor Bauer.
According to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, Bauer is seeking $13 million for the 2019 season while the team offered $11 million.
Since the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement by the 1 p.m. deadline on Friday, they’ll now head to an arbitration hearing where a panel will determine which side gets their way essentially.
CBS Sports explained the process and it doesn’t sound exciting because essentially the team has to explain in a hearing why the player doesn’t deserve the salary his representation asked for and it could damage the relationship between the team and the player.
Now the two sides can continue negotiating and could come to an agreement before the hearing to avoid the potential drama that comes with it and with the two sides not that far apart, you would hope they can avoid arbitration all together.
Bauer was 12-6 in 28 starts this past season for Cleveland with a 2.21 ERA and a 221:57 strikeout to walk ratio in 175.1 innings pitched.
Had it not been for a stress fracture to his right leg in mid-August, Bauer would’ve likely put together his best full season of his seven-year major league career and likely won his first Cy Young Award.
His salary will be nearly doubling from his 2018 salary of $6.525 million and with another solid season in 2019, it’s only going to increase his contract number.
Bauer has already stated he will not sign multi-year contracts because of a silly bet he made with a friend that he would only sign one-year contracts or he would get hit with a paintball to his groin area.
He’s been linked in trade rumors this offseason but it sounds like the Indians will not just give him away and are asking for a trade offer similar to the one Boston gave Chicago in the Chris Sale trade two years ago for either Bauer or two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.