Lou Marson and Indians avoid arbitration for $1 million

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Cleveland has avoided arbitration with Lou Marson, signing the backup catcher to a one-year, $1 million deal.

Marson was arbitration eligible for the first time at age 27 after logging between 235 and 295 plate appearances in each of the past three seasons. He hasn’t developed as much as hoped offensively, hitting just .220 with a .609 OPS in 258 career games, but Marson has thrown out 32 percent of attempted steals.

He’ll once again serve as Carlos Santana’s backup after starting 81, 74, and 64 games in the past three years.