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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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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