Car­rasco signs new deal with Tribe

Last year of deal is a club op­tion; ex­tra years worth $37.25 mil­lion

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Jeff Schudel [email protected]­ald.com @JSProIn­sider on Twit­ter

Car­los Car­rasco, bar­ring a trade, signed a new con­tract Dec. 6 that gives the 31-yearold right-handed pitcher the chance to fin­ish his ca­reer with the In­di­ans.

The deal keeps Car­rasco in In­di­ans con­trol through 2022 with a club op­tion for 2023. The ex­ten­sion, which kicks in 2021, is worth $37.25 mil­lion.

“What this does is pro­vide us ad­di­tional con­ti­nu­ity in the ro­ta­tion be­yond 2020,” In­di­ans pres­i­dent Chris An­tonetti said on a con­fer­ence call. “Car­los was pre­vi­ously un­der con­tract for two sea­sons. We ef­fec­tively left this year alone, ex­er­cised the op­tion in 2020 and then added new years be­yond that. This move is in­dica­tive of a con­tin­ued in­vest­ment by own­er­ship and our team and the de­sire to con­tinue to re­main a very com­pet­i­tive team as we look for­ward.”

Car­rasco will make $9.75 mil­lion in 2019 and $9.5 mil­lion in 2020.

It is un­clear how sign­ing Car­rasco ef­fects the big­ger story loom­ing around the In­di­ans – whether An­tonetti will trade a start­ing pitcher to re­pair holes in the out­field and bullpen. Corey Klu­ber or Trevor Bauer could be traded dur­ing the base­ball win­ter meet­ings next week.

The ex­ten­sion might make Car­rasco at­trac­tive to some teams, though An­tonetti made it seem Car­rasco is in the Tribe’s long-range plans.

“We’re fo­cused on two

goals,” An­tonetti said. “We want to make sure we have a team ca­pa­ble of win­ning the Amer­i­can League Cen­tral in 2019 and also bet­ter­ing our team for suc­cess be­yond that. There are a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ways that can hap­pen with a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent im­pact on our pay­roll.

“What those op­por­tu­ni­ties

will be for us over the next com­ing weeks to ex­e­cute on those goals, I don’t know for cer­tain, but we’ll ac­tively ex­plore them.”

Car­rasco was 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 2018. He struck out 231 bat­ters in 192 in­nings.

“We are ex­tremely happy to do this and ex­tend Caro­los’

term with us,” An­tonetti said. “Over the course of the past few sea­sons, Car­los has es­tab­lished him­self as one of the best pitch­ers in the Amer­i­can League and in fact all of base­ball.”

Car­rasco was 18-6 in 2017 with a 3.29 ERA and 231 strike­outs in 200 in­nings. He has a ca­reer record of 79-62 with a 3.71 ERA.

CHAR­LIE RIEDEL — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Car­los Car­rasco pitches to the Roy­als on Sept. 30 in Kansas City, Mo.

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