Indians sign Carlos Carrasco to three-year extension

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The Indians just signed ace Corey Kluber to a five-year extension. And they’re not stopping there …

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tribe are in agreement on a new deal for right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says it’s a three-year contract with two club options and will carry around $22 million in guaranteed money.

Carrasco is due to make $2.34 million in 2015 — his first year of arbitration-eligibility. This extension buys out his remaining two arbitration years and at least one year of free agency at what sounds like a pretty team-friendly rate.

The 28-year-old Venezuelan emerged as a potential co-ace to Kluber in 2014, posting a 1.49 ERA and 110 strikeouts over his final 102 2/3 innings after initially being shifted back and forth between the bullpen and rotation. He’ll start Cleveland’s second regular-season game against Scott Feldman and the Astros.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.