Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/17/12

Chris Antonetti and Company are hard at work this Tuesday afternoon, reportedly agreeing to terms with side-armed relief pitcher Joe Smith, per MLB.com’s Jordan Basitan.

On the heels of their agreement with third baseman Jack Hannahan, this deal – reportedly for $1.75 million – allows the Indians to avoid arbitration with the veteran bullpen arm.

In 67 innings pitched (71 games), Smith compiled an ERA of 2.01 with a WHIP of 1.090, fanning 45 and walking 21. The right-handed Smith has largely made a career out of being a specialist against left-handed hitters, allowing opposing lefties to hit .152 with an OPS of .460 in 2011.

Five members of the Cleveland Indians presently remain eligible for arbitration including relivers Chris Perez and Rafael Perez

[Related: Arbitration Estimates for 2012 Cleveland Indians]

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