This is not at all surprising, but the Indians officially exercised the $9.75 million club option on starter Carlos Carrasco for 2019.
Carrasco remains one of the biggest bargains in baseball following another excellent season for the Tribe. He went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA and 231/43 K/BB ratio in 192 innings. People will be paying as much as three times that per year for comparable starters on the free agent market.
Carrasco signed his current contract at the beginning of the 2015 season. It was a four-year, $22 million deal with this $9 million option for this year, along with a $750,000 bonus for finishing in the top-10 of the Cy Young voting in 2017. There’s another club option for 2020, currently at $9.5 million, but it too could go higher if he rates high enough in this year’s awards voting. Unless he’s hit by a bus in 2019, that one will likely be exercised too.
In other news, the Indians declined their option on outfielder Brandon Guyer. He just finished a two-year, $5 million contract and the forgone option would’ve paid him $3 million in 2019. In 2018 Guyer hit .206/.300/.371 with seven homers in 221 plate appearances. The Indians will likely be able to find someone who could do that or better on a minor league deal.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.