Leonys Martin, Indians avoid arbitration

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with outfielder Leonys Martin, avoiding arbitration. As with most arbitration-avoiding deals, it’s currently a non-guaranteed deal. If he makes the team out of spring training, it becomes guaranteed. If he’s cut, he’ll get a portion of it.

That bit of uncertainty aside, this is encouraging news for Martin, as it suggests that he and the Indians believe he’s on the way back from what was a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection which cost him most of the second half of the 2018 season. The ailment put him in the hospital for several weeks and was feared to have quality-of-life-threatening consequences for him and, potentially, could’ve ended his career. That he and the Indians are now thinking about the 2019 season is a good sign.

Before he got sick, Martin was having a fine 2018 campaign, hitting a .255/.323/.425 with 11 homers and a .747 OPS across 353 PA for the Tigers and Indians.