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Indians, Cody Allen avoid arbitration

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The Indians and closer Cody Allen have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $10.575 million salary for the 2018 season, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Allen was eligible for arbitration for the third and final time.

Allen, 29, recorded 30 saves with a 2.94 ERA and a 92/21 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings last season, helping the Indians return to the postseason. Across his six-year career with the Indians, Allen has racked up 122 saves with a 2.67 ERA and 484 strikeouts in 373 2/3 innings, establishing himself as one of the better closers in the league.

The Indians’ other pending arbitration cases include Trevor Bauer, Lonnie Chisenhall, Danny Salazar, and Zach McAllister.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?