Carrasco, Indians agree on extension

Rex Christensen
December 9, 2018

On Thursday, one pitcher got some peace of mind, as Carlos Carrasco signed an extension to stay with the team for the foreseeable future.

Carrasco had been locked up through 2020 with that club option noted above, and this deal tacks on two more years.

The 2020 option is valued at $10.25 million and Carrasco will be paid $12 million each in 2021 and 2022. Should the vesting option kick in, he could make $14 million in 2023. Earlier this offseason the Indians exercised their 2019 option on Carrasco, but that will now be a part of this new deal.

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The 31-year-old has been a mainstay in Cleveland's rotation since 2011, and has flourished into one of the most reliable pitchers in the league since his breakout 2015 campaign.

Cleveland intends to trade at least one of its front line starters, but now that Carrasco is under this team-friendly deal for several years, it'll nearly certainly be Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber on the block. "When we had the opportunity to discuss with him the opportunity to extend his term here, it was something we thought would make a lot of sense for us". Carrasco struck out 231 batters last season - a career-high - compiling a 17-10 record with a 3.38 ERA.

It was another strong season by Carrasco, who came to Cleveland in the 2009 blockbuster trade that sent Cliff Lee to Philadelphia. "Carlos has always had a great compliment of stuff". He maintained that same approach as a starter. "That's allowed him to be very durable, despite some freak injuries".

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