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Shane Bieber ($10.01 million) avoids arbitration with Guardians

Oct 14, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning in game two of the ALDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Right-handed ace Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Guardians reached agreement Friday on a one-year, $10.01 million contract to avoid arbitration.

Bieber won the American League Cy Young award in 2020. He’s remained stellar throughout five seasons with Cleveland, last year going 13-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 31 starts. He threw 198 strikeouts in 200 innings, won his first Gold Glove and finished seventh in Cy Young voting.

In 113 career games (111 starts), Bieber is 54-26 with a 3.17 ERA and 831 strikeouts over 703 innings pitched.

He was joined by fellow righty starters Cal Quantrill ($5.55 million), Zach Plesac ($2.95 million) and Aaron Civale ($2.6 million) in reaching deals with Cleveland to avoid arbitration.

The Guardians also agreed to terms with first baseman Josh Naylor ($3.35 million), who hit a career-high 20 home runs last season, and shortstop Amed Rosario ($7.8 million), who batted .283 with a major league-leading nine triples, 11 homers and 71 RBIs last year.

That left only arbitration-eligible reliever James Karinchak without a deal.

–Field Level Media