Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/18/13
Mlb-indians-blue-jays
Just as they had late Thursday evening with Drew Stubbs and Lou Marson, the Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with relief pitchers Chris Perez and Joe Smith. Both players have signed one-year deals that effectively avoid arbitration. Perez, who made $4.5 million last season, agreed to a $7.3 million deal with the team. He is coming off of consecutive All-Star appearances, saved 39 games in 2012 and struck out 59 batters in 57.2 innings of work. Perez was largely considered to be a potential asset in the trade market this offseason due to his volatility in the clubhouse and expected increase in compensation following his second straight season of at least 36 saves. He will be the second-highest paid player on the Indians heading into 2013. Smith made $1.75 million in 2012 and will make $3.15 million in 2013. Through 67 innings of work, Smith struck out 53 and walked four, serving predominantly as specialist against right-handed hitters. Smith exclaimed his happiness over being finished with the negotiation process via his Twitter account: Finally got it done! Excited for this season,we got better this wintershould be a hell of a year!! — joe smith (@thethree8) January 18, 2013 In addition to the bullpen arms, the Indians have agreed terms with one-time ace starting pitcher Justin Masterson along with Matt Albers ($1.75 million). Masterson is coming off of a 2012 season to forget, appearing in 34 games and finishing with an ERA of 4.93 and 14 wild pitches and 13 hit batters. The Indians have avoided arbitration every season since 1991. Mike Aviles remains the only players who are eligible to head to arbitration if they remain unsigned. Any unsigned arbitration-eligible players were required to exchange proposed salary figures with their team by 1 p.m. ET on Friday. [Related: Indians’ Pestano aims to make up for a rough finish to 2012]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker