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The Cleveland Indians are most certainly taking these arbitration cases seriously, adding starting pitcher Justin Masterson and All-Star closer Chris Perez to the list of contract-related transations.

Masterson, the emergent team ace in 2011 is set to receive $3.825 million while Perez was granted $4.5 million, providing each player with substantial raises over their 2011 salaries of $470,000 and $2.25 million, respectively.  Masteron won 12 games in 2011, compiling an ERA of 3.21, striking out 158 batters in 216 innings of work. Perez, despite a record of 4-7, recorded 36 saves.

The two pitchers join Jack Hannahan, Joe Smith and Shin-Soo Choo as players receiving one-year deals from the Indians. Rafael Perez and Asdrubal Cabrera remain the only two players eligible for arbitration.

[Related: Arbitration Estimates for 2012 Cleveland Indians]

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