Baseball has a business side to it and sometimes people don’t see eye-to-eye. There’s no bad blood or hard feelings whatsoever on either side. I respect Chris [Antonetti] and the organization and in no way am I unhappy with them. I’m grateful for the contract offer. They have a performance bonus schedule in place and stick to it. For the first time in my career I’m at a point where I can say thank you, but no thank you . . . I exercised that option.
– Cleveland Indians set-up man Vinnie Pestano, via text to the Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, in repsonse to the team renewing his contract from last season after failing to negotiate a long-term deal. Pestano was renewed for $501,000, representing a $9,800 raise over last season’s salary. In 2012, Pestano went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA and set a club record with 36 holds. Per Hoynes, the team has not renewed a player since 2006 (Brandon Phillips). The offer presented to Pestano is unknown at this time.
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