Cleveland Indians and Carlos Carrasco sealed the deal today.
The 31-year old pitcher and the Indians agreed on a $47 million contract, which will last until 2022, with a club option for the season 2023.
He will earn $9.75 million in 2019, $10.25 million in 2020, and $12 million in the following two seasons. If the club decides to stick with him during 2023, they will have to pay $14 million. A potential buyout will be $3 million.
This comes after many rumors and speculation about his possible departure in some kind of trade, but everything will stop after today’s recent developments. Singing Carrasco puts the lights on two other pitchers, Corey Kluber, and Trevor Bauer, with the first one having more chances to change the uniforms, according to recent rumors.
In the recent five years, this player has become one of the vital links in Cleveland. During the previous season, he had a 3.38 ERA, 5.37 K/BB ratio in 192, which was his career-best so far.
We have signed Carlos Carrasco to a contract extension through 2022! 🍪
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) December 6, 2018
Indians’ president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti was thrilled after two sides concluded the deal, stating that Carrasco’s staying means a lot to the franchise since he is one of the “key cogs” in this team.
In 2017, he was fourth in Cy Young balloting and finished the season as AL wins leader.
But it wasn’t all sweet for Carrasco in Ohio. Since he landed among the Indians, he had a lot of ups and downs. In 2012, he didn’t play a single match recovering from elbow surgery. Two years later he was in the bullpen for a while, which forced him to change the complete perspective about the game.
Various injuries were his biggest enemy, but in the last two seasons, the Venezuelan player is in excellent shape. Since 2016 when he had to miss the whole postseason because of a broken metacarpal bone.
Lots of laughs in this 🍪 jar!
— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) December 4, 2018
The widely spread opinion is that his absence from the World Series against the Chicago Cubs might have cost Indians the title. Though he wasn’t in the shape like one year later, with him on board, a 3-1 lead wouldn’t be lost.
After that their ultimate reach was the AL Division Series where they lost twice in a row, against the Yankees in 2017, and Astros in 2018.
We will see if this season brings better results, with Carrasco in the role of a leader. Many believe that he might be the initial spark for another shot at the World Series.