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Indians to exercise Corey Kluber’s 2020 option

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Indians president Chris Antonetti said today that the club will exercise Corey Kluber‘s $17.5 million option for 2020. If they hadn’t, they would’ve owed Kluber a $1 million buyout and he’d have become a free agent.

Kluber made only seven starts this year thanks to a broken arm and a strained oblique muscle. When he did pitch he was no great shakes, posting a 5.80 ERA and 44 hits in 35.2 innings. Still, it makes total sense to bring him back in 2020 because (a) those were freak injuries; and (b) there’s every reason to think he’ll bounce back.

And heck, maybe having most of the year off will have some hidden benefits. The guy pitched over 200 innings in each of his previous five seasons. His arm will probably benefit from the rest. Or at least that’s the hope.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.