Carrasco, Indians agree to $47M, 4-year deal
The Indians have signed starter Carlos Carrasco to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.
Carrasco’s deal includes a club option for 2023. Financial terms were not immediately available.
The right-hander went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts last season for the AL Central champions. He finished with a career-high 231 strikeouts as the Indians became the first team to have four pitchers reach 200 strikeouts in the same season.
The 31-year-old Carrasco has developed into one of the league’s elite starters, and the Indians wanted to lock him up for the future.
Cleveland is still toying with trading either Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer to address their outfield needs.
Astros: Robinson Chirinos and the Astros have finalized a $5.75 million, oneyear contract, giving catching-thin Houston another option behind the plate. The 34-year-old spent the past six seasons with the Texas Rangers and hit .222 this year while setting career bests with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 113 games. His .757 OPS was second among AL catchers. Cubs: Closer Brandon Morrow likely will miss the start of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last month. Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein revealed Thursday that Morrow’s operation took place on Nov. 6. The Cubs waited to make an announcement because Morrow’s recovery will impact how they fill out the bullpen.
Royals: Chris Owings has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, five days after the utilityman was cut loose by Arizona. Owings can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances as part of the deal announced Wednesday. Twins: A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Minnesota and Jonathan Schoop are working toward an agreement on a $ 7.5 million, one-year contract.