Hours after a half-dozen Cleveland Indians filed for arbitration, the team avoided the process with one of them. Left-hander Josh Outman agreed to terms with the club on a one-year contract.
The agreement, announced by the Indians late Tuesday night, leaves five players left to sign. Teams and players will exchange salary offers on Friday, with hearings scheduled from Feb. 1-21 unless the two sides reach a deal beforehand.
With Outman, they have a quick start to their dealings. The 29-year-old southpaw has yet to pitch a game in a Cleveland uniform, having been acquired from the Rockies last month for outfielder Drew Stubbs. He was eligible for arbitration for the second time, having agreed to terms on a one-year, $675,000 contract last January.
Outman went 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 games out of the Colorado bullpen last year, allowing 56 hits over 54 innings with 23 walks and 53 strikeouts. Much of that damage, however, came from right-handed hitters. He held lefties to a .198 average (22-for-111) with 39 strikeouts and a .539 OPS.
Earlier this offseason, MLBtraderumors.com projected Outman to earn a $1.4 million salary for 2014. The team did not announce the dollar amount with news of the deal.