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Guardians sign closer Emmanuel Clase to 5-year deal

Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase (48) delivers the final pitch of the game against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Globe Life Field. The MLB club known as the Indians will be named the Cleveland Guardians at the start of the 2022 season. Mandatory Credit: The Indians won 6-0. Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Guardians signed right-handed closer Emmanuel Clase to a five-year contract on Thursday.

While the team didn’t announce financial terms, earlier reports pegged it as a $20 million deal. It includes club options for 2027 and ’28.

Last season, he recorded a stellar 1.29 ERA over 69 2/3 innings with 24 saves — tied for fifth in the American League. It was the second-lowest ERA by a reliever in team history, and he set club rookie records for appearances (71) and saves.

He had a 0.28 ERA over his final 32 games of the season after July 16, surrendering two runs (one earned) on 16 hits and two walks with 33 strikeouts over 32 2/3 innings pitched.

The 24-year-old led all major leaguers in the number of pitches that registered 100 mph or more, according to the club.

–Field Level Media