Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer has won his arbitration case against the team according to ESPN.
Bauer asked and will receive $13 million for his 2019 salary after the two sides couldn’t agree prior to the deadline. The Indians were offering $11 million.
This is only the second time since 1991 that Cleveland has lost an arbritration case which Bauer won last year when the two sides had to go to court and Bauer won and earned $6.525 million for 2018.
The 28-year-old right hander went 12-6 with one save in 28 appearances (27 starts) last season that seen him make his first All-Star appearance and finished sixth in Cy Young voting.
He had a 2.21 ERA (2nd best in AL), 5.8 WAR (5th in AL), 221 strikeouts (6th in AL).
Bauer is expected to be second in line of the pitching rotation behind Corey Kluber and should be one of the front runners for the Cy Young Award in 2019, the award he probably would’ve won last season had he not suffered a stress fracture in his right leg last August.
Bauer also has one year of arbitration left before he becomes a free agent following the 2020 season.
He’s not expected to sign a long-term contract because of a silly bet he made with his friend where if he does, he’ll have to get hit with a paintball in the groin area.