Aviles, Indians avoid arbitration with two-year deal
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Feb 7, 2013
By reaching the agreement with Aviles, the Indians avoided going to salary arbitration for the 22nd straight season. Infielder Mike Aviles and the Cleveland Indians agreed Thursday to a $6 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2015. Cleveland has not had a player go to arbitration since Greg Swindell and Jerry Browne in 1991, a streak that was in jeopardy before the Indians locked up Aviles for two more years. The Indians have quite the aversion to arbitration hearings. The Indians have once again dodged the arbitrator. The 31-year-old receives a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $1.75 million this season and $3 million in 2014, and the Indians hold a $3.5 million option in 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. They already locked in outfielder Drew Stubbs, catcher Lou Marson and right-handers Justin Masterson, Chris Perez, Joe Smith and Matt Albers to pacts for the 2013 campaign.