On Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, Zach Meisel and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported the Cleveland Indians have avoided arbitration with closer Chris Perez. Perez and the Indians agreed to a one-year, $7.3 million contract, with a reported awards bonus included in the deal
Stubbs was the 42nd overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 amateur draft. He came to Cleveland on June 27, 2009, in a deal that sent him and Jess Todd to the Indians in exchange for Mark DeRosa.
Perez has been a highly effective closer in the past three seasons compiling a total of 93 saves. In 2012 he recorded a career-high 39 saves, which ranked him fourth in the American League.
Perez has earned a trip to the MLB All-Star Game in each of his last two seasons and will be representing the United States in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can become a free agent following the 2014 season.
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